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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2000 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 14%
Gary Ackerman 86%
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%
Brian Baird 71%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
Cass Ballenger 21%
James Barcia 43%
Bob Barr, Jr. 29%
Bill Barrett 21%
Roscoe Bartlett 21%
Charlie Bass 36%
Herbert Bateman 21%
Max Baucus 57%
Evan Bayh 33%
Bob Bennett 29%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 79%
Douglas Bereuter 21%
Shelley Berkley 71%
Howard Berman 85%
Marion Berry 21%
Judy Biggert 50%
Brian Bilbray 21%
Michael Bilirakis 21%
Jeff Bingaman 71%
Rod Blagojevich 71%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 14%
Sherwood Boehlert 64%
Kit Bond 14%
Henry Bonilla 43%
David Edward Bonior 64%
Mary Bono Mack 36%
Robert Borski, Jr. 62%
Leonard Boswell 36%
Rick Boucher 71%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 36%
John Breaux 29%
Richard Bryan 71%
Ed Bryant 7%
Jim Bunning 29%
Conrad Burns 29%
Dan Burton 23%
Steve Buyer 21%
Robert Byrd 43%
Herbert Callahan 21%
Ben Campbell 43%
Thomas Campbell 69%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 14%
Chris Cannon 29%
Julia Carson 85%
Mike Castle 50%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 42%
William Clay, Sr. 86%
Eva Clayton 86%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 57%
Robert Clement 21%
Michael Collins 7%
Larry Combest 21%
Gary Condit 36%
Kent Conrad 43%
Merrill Cook 15%
John Cooksey 50%
Jerry Costello 23%
Christopher Cox 21%
William Coyne 86%
Larry Craig 43%
Robert Cramer 21%
Philip Crane 31%
Barbara Cubin 14%
Randall Cunningham 14%
Patsy Ann Danner 29%
Thomas Daschle 57%
James Davis 50%
Thomas Davis III 29%
Bill Delahunt 79%
Thomas DeLay 14%
James DeMint 21%
Peter Deutsch 64%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 21%
Jay Dickey 21%
Norm Dicks 85%
Julian Dixon 86%
Chris Dodd 71%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 14%
Calvin Dooley 71%
John Doolittle 36%
Byron Dorgan 57%
David Dreier 29%
Jennifer Dunn 21%
John Edwards 67%
Chet Edwards 64%
Vern Ehlers 29%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 36%
Jo Ann Emerson 21%
Philip English 36%
Bob Etheridge 36%
Lane Evans 79%
Terry Everett 21%
Thomas Ewing 21%
Russ Feingold 86%
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%
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%
William Goodling 29%
Bart Gordon 21%
Slade Gorton 43%
Porter Goss 29%
Daniel Graham 57%
William Phillip Gramm 29%
Rodney Grams 14%
Mark Green 29%
James Greenwood 71%
Judd Gregg 40%
Gilbert Gutknecht 21%
Tony Hall 21%
James Hansen 14%
J. Dennis Hastert 50%
Robert Hayes 14%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 29%
Joel Hefley 21%
Jesse Helms 29%
Wally Herger, Jr. 21%
Baron Hill 36%
Rick Hill 21%
Van Hilleary 21%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 71%
Maurice Hinchey 86%
David Lee Hobson 29%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 86%
Pete Hoekstra 43%
Thomas Holden 29%
Ernest Hollings 50%
Darlene Hooley 77%
Stephen Horn 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 36%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 50%
Kenny Hulshof 29%
Duncan Hunter 21%
Asa Hutchinson 21%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 29%
Kay Hutchison 29%
Henry Hyde 21%
Daniel Inouye 71%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 21%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 86%
William Jefferson 67%
James Merrill Jeffords 71%
William Lewis Jenkins 21%
Christopher John 21%
Nancy Johnson 50%
Paul Kanjorski 57%
Sue Kelly 36%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 71%
Patrick Kennedy 79%
Bob Kerrey 71%
Dale Kildee 57%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 86%
Gerald Kleczka 64%
Ronald Klink 57%
Joseph Knollenberg 21%
Herb Kohl 71%
James Kolbe 57%
Dennis Kucinich 57%
Steven Kuykendall 50%
Jon Kyl 14%
John LaFalce 57%
Ray LaHood 21%
Nicholas Lampson 64%
Tom Lantos 79%
Stephen Largent 21%
Steve LaTourette 43%
Frank Lautenberg 71%
Rick Lazio 8%
James Leach 43%

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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