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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
Gary Ackerman 77%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 11%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 50%
Todd Akin 0%
Wayne Allard 25%
George Allen 25%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 66%
Richard Armey 0%
Joe Baca, Sr. 66%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 0%
Brian Baird 66%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
ME Councilor At-Large John Baldacci Democratic 77%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
WI Mayor At-Large Tom Barrett Democratic 100%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 0%
Charlie Bass 44%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Bob Bennett 25%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 22%
Shelley Berkley 66%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 44%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 50%
Judy Biggert 55%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 75%
Rod Blagojevich 66%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 11%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 0%
Kit Bond 50%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 88%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 0%
Robert Borski, Jr. 66%
Leonard Boswell 77%
Rick Boucher 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 50%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 66%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 11%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
John Breaux 50%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 77%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 25%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 25%
Conrad Burns 50%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 11%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 0%
Herbert Callahan 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 0%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 11%
Ben Campbell 25%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 50%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 11%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 75%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Jean Carnahan 25%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 25%
Brad Carson 77%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 44%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 0%
RI Governor Linc Chafee Democratic 50%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 0%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 50%
Robert Clement 44%
Hillary Clinton 50%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 0%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 0%
Michael Collins 11%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 25%
Larry Combest 11%
Gary Condit 66%
Kent Conrad 25%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
John Cooksey 0%
Jon Corzine 50%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 25%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 0%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 50%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 0%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 55%
Barbara Cubin 0%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 0%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 50%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 100%
James Davis 66%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
Thomas Davis III 33%
MN Governor Mark Dayton Democratic/Farmer/Labor 50%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 0%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 100%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 100%
Bill Delahunt 85%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 66%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 50%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Norm Dicks 88%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 88%
Chris Dodd 50%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 25%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 55%
David Dreier 22%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 0%
Jennifer Dunn 11%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
John Edwards 50%
Chet Edwards 77%
Vern Ehlers 22%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 12%
Jo Ann Emerson 22%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 75%
Philip English 22%
John Ensign 25%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 50%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
Bob Etheridge 77%
Lane Evans 87%
Terry Everett 0%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 100%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 75%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 50%
Michael Ferguson 11%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 33%
Ernest Fletcher 11%
Mark Foley 33%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 0%
Harold Ford, Jr. 77%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Barney Frank 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 33%
William Frist 25%
Jonas Frost III 66%
Elton Gallegly 11%
John Ganske 22%
George Gekas 11%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 75%
Jim Gibbons 0%
Wayne Gilchrest 44%
Paul Gillmor 11%
Benjamin Gilman 44%
Charlie Gonzalez 87%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 0%
Bart Gordon 55%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 50%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 0%
William Phillip Gramm 25%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 12%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 25%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 22%
Mark Green 0%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 66%
James Greenwood 55%
Judd Gregg 25%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 0%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 77%
Gilbert Gutknecht 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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