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Karen Bass

Karen Bass's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Karen Bass
Current Office: U.S. House - District 37, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 37
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured January 3, 2014) 90%
2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured June 17, 2014) 78%
2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage 100%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 80%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 90%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 100%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 92%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 56%
2011 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 95%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 95%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 90%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Women's Issues Score 93%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Score 83%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Minority Issues Score 88%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Overall Score 89%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on AIDS Policy 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Green Equity Score 75%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Civil Rights 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Health Equity Score 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Legal Racism Score 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Education Equity 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Housing and Economics Score 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Criminal Justice 100%
2009 Applied Research Center - Leadership Score 10%
2009 Applied Research Center - Overall Score 96%
2008 Equality California - Positions 100%
2007 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 95
2007 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 100
2007 California Communities United Institute - Positions 99
2007 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - LGBTI Rights Score 100
2007 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 100
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 100
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 96
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 98
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 0%
2006 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 100
2006 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 100%
2006 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Underrepresented Group Issues 98
2006 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - LGBTI Rights Score 92
2006 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 98
2006 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 100
2006 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 100
2006 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 100
2005-2006 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 100
2005 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 100
2005 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions 100%
2005 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - Positions 100%
2005 Equality California - Positions 100%
2005 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 98%
2005 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 100%
2005 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 100%

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