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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 86%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 86%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 21%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 71%
Wayne Allard 14%
Thomas Allen 86%
Rob Andrews 64%
Bill Archer 21%
Richard Armey 21%
John Ashcroft 14%
Joe Baca, Sr. 0%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 79%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 85%
Cass Ballenger 21%
James Barcia 43%
Bob Barr, Jr. 29%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 71%
Bill Barrett 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 21%
Charlie Bass 36%
Herbert Bateman 21%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 33%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 86%
Bob Bennett 29%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 21%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 21%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 57%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 21%
Michael Bilirakis 21%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 43%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 14%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 79%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 29%
Sherwood Boehlert 64%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 29%
Kit Bond 14%
Henry Bonilla 43%
David Edward Bonior 64%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Robert Borski, Jr. 62%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 71%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 71%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 21%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 86%
John Breaux 29%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 79%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 83%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 29%
Richard Bryan 71%
Ed Bryant 7%
Jim Bunning 29%
Conrad Burns 29%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 36%
Dan Burton 23%
Steve Buyer 21%
Robert Byrd 43%
Herbert Callahan 21%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 14%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 38%
Ben Campbell 43%
Thomas Campbell 69%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
Chris Cannon 29%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 71%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 86%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 50%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 21%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 100%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 7%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 42%
William Clay, Sr. 86%
Eva Clayton 86%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 57%
Robert Clement 21%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 36%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 29%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 14%
Michael Collins 7%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 43%
Larry Combest 21%
Gary Condit 36%
Kent Conrad 43%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 86%
Merrill Cook 15%
John Cooksey 50%
Jerry Costello 23%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 86%
Larry Craig 43%
Robert Cramer 21%
Philip Crane 31%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 43%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 57%
Barbara Cubin 14%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 86%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Patsy Ann Danner 29%
Thomas Daschle 57%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 83%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 29%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 86%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 86%
Bill Delahunt 79%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 86%
Thomas DeLay 14%
James DeMint 21%
Peter Deutsch 64%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 14%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 21%
Jay Dickey 21%
Norm Dicks 85%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 64%
Julian Dixon 86%
Chris Dodd 71%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 86%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 14%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 36%
Byron Dorgan 57%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 36%
David Dreier 29%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 14%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 71%
John Edwards 67%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 29%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 36%
Jo Ann Emerson 21%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 86%
Philip English 36%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 86%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 79%
Terry Everett 21%
Thomas Ewing 21%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Russ Feingold 86%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 57%
Bob Filner 86%
Peter Fitzgerald 17%
Ernest Fletcher 29%
Mark Foley 43%
Michael Patrick Forbes 36%
Harold Ford, Jr. 58%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 31%
Tillie Fowler 21%
Barney Frank 86%
Robert Franks 29%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 29%
William Frist 14%
Jonas Frost III 69%
Elton Gallegly 14%
John Ganske 21%
Sam Gejdenson 86%
George Gekas 21%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 69%
Jim Gibbons 29%
Wayne Gilchrest 18%
Paul Gillmor 14%
Benjamin Gilman 50%
Charlie Gonzalez 86%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 36%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 29%
William Goodling 29%
Bart Gordon 21%
Slade Gorton 43%
Porter Goss 29%
Daniel Graham 57%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 29%
William Phillip Gramm 29%
Rodney Grams 14%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 15%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 29%
Mark Green 29%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 62%
James Greenwood 71%
Judd Gregg 40%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 79%
Gilbert Gutknecht 21%

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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