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Jim Costa

Jim Costa's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Jim Costa
Current Office: U.S. House - District 16, Democratic
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 16
Primary June 3, 2014
Joanna Botelho
(Running)
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Steve Crass
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Job Melton
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Johnny Tacherra
(Running)
Republican

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured January 3, 2014) 60%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 64%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 42%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 33%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 70%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 78%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 69%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 75%
2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 50%
2011 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (House Only) 40%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 58%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 80%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 69%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 54%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 26%
2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 94%
2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 85%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -6%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 19%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 80%
2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2007-2008 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 82%
2007-2008 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil and Human 100
2007-2008 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions on Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues 90%
2007-2008 National Organization for Women - Positions 100%
2007-2008 The Arc - Positions 57%
2007-2008 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4
2007 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 83
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 90
2007 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 93%
2007 League of Women Voters - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Score 50%
2007 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 92%
2007 National Council of La Raza - Positions 100
2007 PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Positions 100%
2007 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -2
2007 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 57%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2006 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 83%
2006 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur B
2005-2006 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 67%
2005-2006 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 63%
2005-2006 Iranian American Political Action Committee - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 83%
2005-2006 National Organization for Women - Positions 80%
2005-2006 The Arc - Positions 100%
2005-2006 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -7
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 50%
2005 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 78%
2005 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 78%
2005 National Council of La Raza - Positions 66%
2005 National Organization for Women - Positions 57%
2001 Equality California - Positions 100%
1997-2001 Gay Rights Information - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%

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