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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 44%
Wayne Allard 12%
Rob Andrews 53%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 0%
John Ashcroft 22%
Henry Scott Baesler 38%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
William Baker 17%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 19%
Charlie Bass 12%
Herbert Bateman 7%
Max Baucus 33%
Anthony Beilenson 92%
Bob Bennett 24%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 50%
Douglas Bereuter 6%
Howard Berman 77%
Tom Bevill 25%
Brian Bilbray 12%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 44%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 17%
Sherwood Boehlert 27%
Kit Bond 11%
Henry Bonilla 25%
David Edward Bonior 81%
Sonny Bono 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 56%
Rick Boucher 71%
Bill Bradley 83%
John Breaux 17%
George Brown, Jr. 88%
Hank Brown 8%
Richard Bryan 35%
Ed Bryant 6%
John Bryant 83%
Dale Bumpers 50%
Jim Bunn 8%
Jim Bunning 12%
Conrad Burns 22%
Dan Burton 6%
Steve Buyer 6%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 7%
Ben Campbell 18%
Thomas Campbell 25%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
Mike Castle 12%
John Chafee 50%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 20%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
Dick Chrysler 9%
William Clay, Sr. 92%
Eva Clayton 75%
Robert Clement 40%
William Cohen 58%
Ronald Coleman 83%
Barbara-Rose Collins 90%
Cardiss Collins 92%
Michael Collins 12%
Larry Combest 6%
Gary Condit 33%
Kent Conrad 35%
Wes Cooley 8%
Jerry Costello 50%
Paul Coverdell 22%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 94%
Larry Craig 22%
Robert Cramer 19%
Philip Crane 12%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 8%
Barbara Cubin 12%
Randall Cunningham 6%
Alfonse D'Amato 17%
Patsy Ann Danner 31%
Thomas Daschle 44%
Thomas Davis III 12%
E. Kika de la Garza 40%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 100%
Peter Deutsch 44%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 31%
Jay Dickey 7%
Norm Dicks 69%
Julian Dixon 81%
Chris Dodd 39%
Robert Dole 0%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 13%
Calvin Dooley 40%
John Doolittle 25%
Byron Dorgan 44%
Robert Dornan 8%
David Dreier 0%
Jennifer Dunn 0%
Chet Edwards 50%
Vern Ehlers 25%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 0%
Bill Emerson 8%
Philip English 19%
John Ensign 40%
Lane Evans 94%
Terry Everett 6%
Thomas Ewing 12%
Jim Exon 33%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 29%
Harris Fawell 6%
Victor Fazio 69%
Russ Feingold 82%
Cleo Fields 78%
Jack Fields, Jr. 8%
Bob Filner 93%
Floyd Flake 81%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 0%
Thomas Foglietta 88%
Mark Foley 6%
Michael Patrick Forbes 13%
Wendell Ford 17%
Tillie Fowler 13%
Jon David Fox 6%
Barney Frank 88%
Gary Franks 42%
Robert Franks 27%
Dan Frisa 8%
William Frist 17%
Jonas Frost III 44%
David Funderburk 0%
Elizabeth Furse 67%
Elton Gallegly 0%
John Ganske 6%
Sam Gejdenson 88%
George Gekas 0%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 47%
Pete Geren 27%
Sam Gibbons 83%
Wayne Gilchrest 6%
Paul Gillmor 12%
Benjamin Gilman 19%
Newt Gingrich 0%
John Glenn 50%
Henry Gonzalez 75%
William Goodling 12%
Bart Gordon 38%
Slade Gorton 11%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 39%
William Phillip Gramm 20%
Rodney Grams 22%
Enid Greene 8%
James Greenwood 13%
Judd Gregg 17%
Steven Gunderson 25%
Gilbert Gutknecht 6%
Tony Hall 79%
Lee Hamilton 25%
Melton Hancock 8%
James Hansen 6%
Jane Harman 47%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Mark Hatfield 45%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 12%
Joel Hefley 6%
W.G. Hefner 44%
Fredrick Kenneth Fred' Heineman 8%
Jesse Helms 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 7%
Van Hilleary 19%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 80%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
David Lee Hobson 0%
Pete Hoekstra 25%
Thomas Holden 31%
Ernest Hollings 29%
Stephen Horn 20%
John Nathan Hostettler 7%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 13%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 6%
Kay Hutchison 12%
Henry Hyde 0%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 12%
Daniel Inouye 35%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 6%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 93%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 42%
William Jefferson 81%
James Merrill Jeffords 33%
Nancy Johnson 6%
Harry Johnston 82%
J. Bennett Johnston 42%
Paul Kanjorski 50%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 58%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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