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John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Full Name: John Forbes Kerry
Current Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic
First Appointed: 01/29/2013

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2014 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions (captured January 3, 2014) 0%
2013 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 0%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Total Score 100%
2012 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions on Civil Rights 100%
2011-2012 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 75%
2011-2012 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 61%
2011 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 87%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2010 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 67%
2009-2010 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 93%
2009-2010 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 72%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 79%
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 -2%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2009 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 91%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 11%
2009 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2007-2008 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 92%
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 97%
2007-2008 National Organization for Women - Positions 94%
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 83
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 89
2007 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
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 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 95%
2006 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2006 United To End Genocide - Positions on Darfur A+
2005-2006 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 83%
2005-2006 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2005-2006 Iranian American Political Action Committee - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2005-2006 National Organization for Women - Positions 96%
2005-2006 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2005 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2005 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2005 National Council of La Raza - Positions 100%
2005 National Organization for Women - Positions 100%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25%
2003-2004 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2003-2004 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 100%
2003-2004 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -3
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 100%
2003 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2003 United States Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - Positions on International Middle East Human Rights -1
2001-2002 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 60%
2001-2002 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 100%
2001-2002 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 81%
2001-2002 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 85%
2001 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 50%
2001 Common Cause - Positions 100%
2001 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
2001 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 82%
2001 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 100%
2000 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 71%
2000 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 100%
2000 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 93%
1999-2000 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
1999-2000 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 94%
1999 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 67%
1999 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
1999 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 93%
1998 National Organization for Women - Positions 85%
1997-1998 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 83%
1997-1998 Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions 0%
1997-1998 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
1997-1998 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 95%
1997-1998 League of United Latin American Citizens - Positions 100%
1997 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 67%
1996 American Civil Liberties Union - Positions 47%
1995-1996 Human Rights Campaign - Positions 100%
1995-1996 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights - Positions 90%
1995-1996 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Positions 70%
1991-1992 National Gay & Lesbian Task Force - Positions 91%

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