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Susan M. Collins

Susan M. Collins's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Susan M. Collins
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Sr, Republican
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 10, 2014

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured January 3, 2014) 63%
2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured June 17, 2014) 63%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 33%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 58%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 43%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 33%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 33%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 82%
2011-2012 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 38%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 37%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 33%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 67%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 47%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 96%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 41%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 50%
2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 64%
2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 59%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -5%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 65%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 73%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 33%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 76%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 70
2007-2008 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 50%
2007-2008 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 75%
2007-2008 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil and Human 50
2007-2008 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions on Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues 80%
2007-2008 National Organization for Women - Positions 88%
2007-2008 The Arc - Positions 100%
2007-2008 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2007 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 71
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 70
2007 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 46%
2007 League of Women Voters - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Score 33%
2007 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 67%
2007 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2007 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A+
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 67%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2006 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 41%
2006 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A+
2005-2006 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 42%
2005-2006 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 78%
2005-2006 Iranian American Political Action Committee - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 57%
2005-2006 National Organization for Women - Positions 57%
2005-2006 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -5
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 65%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 50%
2005 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 29%
2005 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 60%
2005 National Council of La Raza - Positions 100%
2005 National Organization for Women - Positions 75%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 57%
2003-2004 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 56%
2003-2004 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 88%
2003-2004 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 32%
2003-2004 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 50%
2003-2004 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 42%
2003-2004 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -4
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 67%
2003 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 28%
2003 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 33%
2003 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2001-2002 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 40%
2001-2002 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 86%
2001-2002 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 21%
2001-2002 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 38%
2001-2002 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 45%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 31%
2001 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 25%
2001 Common Cause - Positions 100%
2001 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 60%
2001 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 36%
2001 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 45%
2000 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 43%
2000 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 50%
2000 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 53%
1999-2000 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 71%
1999-2000 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 44%
1999 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 50%
1999 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 50%
1999 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 53%
1998 National Organization for Women - Positions 30%
1997-1998 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 67%
1997-1998 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 60%
1997-1998 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 67%
1997-1998 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 50%
1997-1998 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 45%
1997 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 33%

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