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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1997 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jack Murtha 33%
Sue Myrick 0%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 0%
Mark Neumann 0%
Robert William Ney 17%
Don Nickles 33%
Anne Northup 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 0%
Jim Oberstar 67%
Dave Obey 67%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 17%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 20%
Ronald Packard 0%
Michael Pappas 0%
Mike Parker 0%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 33%
William Paxon 0%
Donald Payne 100%
Edward Pease 0%
John Peterson 0%
Tom Petri 17%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Owen Pickett 67%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 50%
John Edward Porter 40%
Glenn Poshard 33%
Deborah Pryce 17%
Jack Quinn 0%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 40%
James Ramstad 33%
Bill Redmond 0%
Ralph Regula 17%
Silvestre Reyes 33%
Frank Riggs 17%
Bob Riley 0%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 67%
Jay Rockefeller IV 67%
Ciro Rodriguez 50%
Timothy Roemer 33%
James Rogan 0%
William Roth, Jr. 33%
Steve Rothman 67%
Marge Roukema 33%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 33%
Rick Santorum 33%
Paul Sarbanes 67%
Jim Saxton 0%
Joe Scarborough 0%
Daniel Schaefer 0%
Robert Schaffer 17%
Steven Schiff 0%
John Shadegg 33%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 17%
Christopher Shays 33%
E.G. Shuster 17%
Norman Sisisky 33%
David Skaggs 100%
Joseph Skeen 17%
Ike Skelton 17%
Gordon Smith 33%
Linda Smith 0%
Nick Smith 0%
Robert Smith 0%
Bob Smith 33%
Vincent Snowbarger 0%
Olympia Snowe 33%
Vic Snyder 100%
Gerald B.H. Solomon 0%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 0%
Floyd Spence 0%
John Spratt, Jr. 33%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Charles Stenholm 17%
Ted Stevens 33%
Louis Stokes 100%
Ted Strickland 60%
Bob Stump 0%
Bart Stupak 50%
John Sununu 0%
James Talent 0%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 83%
William Tauzin 0%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 17%
Craig Thomas 20%
William Thomas 25%
Fred Thompson 0%
Karen Thurman 83%
Strom Thurmond 33%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Esteban Edward Torres 80%
Robert Torricelli 67%
Ed Towns 60%
James Traficant, Jr. 17%
James Turner 33%
Bruce Vento 100%
James Walsh 0%
Zach Wamp 0%
John Warner 33%
Wesley Watkins 0%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 0%
Henry Waxman 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 0%
Paul Wellstone 67%
Robert Wexler 67%
Bob Weygand 83%
Rick White 17%
Bob Wise, Jr. 80%
Frank Wolf 0%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 67%
Sidney Yates 100%
Bill Young 0%

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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