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Keith M. Ellison

Keith M. Ellison's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: Keith M. Ellison
Current Office: U.S. House - District 5, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. House - District 5
Primary Aug. 12, 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) 92%
2014 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 100%
2014 Human Rights Campaign - Positions on Marriage 100%
2013 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 57%
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 85%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 87%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 95%
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 69%
2011 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (House Only) 100%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 95%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 94%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 84%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 71%
2009-2010 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2009-2010 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2009-2010 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 11%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 5%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2009 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights 9%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2007-2008 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 100%
2007-2008 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
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 98%
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 -2
2007 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 100
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 100
2007 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 93%
2007 League of Women Voters - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Score 100%
2007 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
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 0
2007 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A+
2006-2012 Global Exchange - Percent Loyalty to Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Lobby 14%
2004 OutFront Minnesota - Positions on LGBT Rights 100%
1993-2006 OutFront Minnesota - Positions on LGBT Rights 100%
1993-2005 OutFront Minnesota - Positions on LGBT Rights 100%

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