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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Gary Ackerman 77%
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%
Brian Baird 66%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
Cass Ballenger 0%
James Barcia 55%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Roscoe Bartlett 0%
Charlie Bass 44%
Max Baucus 50%
Evan Bayh 50%
Bob Bennett 25%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 77%
Douglas Bereuter 22%
Shelley Berkley 66%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 44%
Judy Biggert 55%
Michael Bilirakis 0%
Jeff Bingaman 50%
Rod Blagojevich 66%
Sherwood Boehlert 55%
Kit Bond 50%
Henry Bonilla 0%
David Edward Bonior 88%
Mary Bono Mack 33%
Robert Borski, Jr. 66%
Leonard Boswell 77%
Rick Boucher 100%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 66%
John Breaux 50%
Henry Brown, Jr. 11%
Ed Bryant 0%
Jim Bunning 25%
Conrad Burns 50%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 0%
Robert Byrd 0%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 25%
Chris Cannon 0%
Eric Cantor 0%
Jean Carnahan 25%
Brad Carson 77%
Julia Carson 88%
Mike Castle 44%
Eva Clayton 100%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 50%
Robert Clement 44%
Hillary Clinton 50%
Michael Collins 11%
Larry Combest 11%
Gary Condit 66%
Kent Conrad 25%
John Cooksey 0%
Jon Corzine 50%
Jerry Costello 44%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 100%
Larry Craig 25%
Robert Cramer 33%
Philip Crane 0%
Barbara Cubin 0%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Thomas Daschle 50%
James Davis 66%
Jo Ann Davis 0%
Thomas Davis III 33%
Bill Delahunt 85%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 0%
Peter Deutsch 66%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 0%
Norm Dicks 88%
Chris Dodd 50%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 0%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 25%
David Dreier 22%
Jennifer Dunn 11%
John Edwards 50%
Chet Edwards 77%
Vern Ehlers 22%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 12%
Jo Ann Emerson 22%
Philip English 22%
John Ensign 25%
Bob Etheridge 77%
Lane Evans 87%
Terry Everett 0%
Russ Feingold 75%
Michael Ferguson 11%
Bob Filner 100%
Peter Fitzgerald 0%
Ernest Fletcher 11%
Mark Foley 33%
Harold Ford, Jr. 77%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0%
Barney Frank 100%
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%
Bart Gordon 55%
Porter Goss 0%
Daniel Graham 50%
William Phillip Gramm 25%
Mark Green 0%
James Greenwood 55%
Judd Gregg 25%
Felix Grucci, Jr. 0%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Tony Hall 33%
James Hansen 0%
Jane Harman 77%
Melissa Hart 0%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Robert Hayes 0%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 0%
Joel Hefley 0%
Jesse Helms 25%
Wally Herger, Jr. 11%
Baron Hill 87%
Van Hilleary 11%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
David Lee Hobson 11%
PA Commissioner At-Large Joseph Hoeffel 88%
Pete Hoekstra 33%
Thomas Holden 44%
Ernest Hollings 50%
Darlene Hooley 87%
Stephen Horn 55%
John Nathan Hostettler 25%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 55%
Kenny Hulshof 11%
Duncan Hunter 0%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 25%
Kay Hutchison 25%
Henry Hyde 0%
Daniel Inouye 33%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 87%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 0%
Christopher John 44%
Nancy Johnson 55%
Tim Johnson 22%
Paul Kanjorski 55%
Ric Keller 0%
Sue Kelly 33%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 50%
Mark Kennedy 0%
Patrick Kennedy 75%
Brian Kerns 0%
Dale Kildee 55%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Gerald Kleczka 88%
Joseph Knollenberg 0%
Herb Kohl 50%
James Kolbe 50%
Dennis Kucinich 66%
Jon Kyl 25%
John LaFalce 55%
Ray LaHood 11%
Nicholas Lampson 77%
Tom Lantos 75%
Steve LaTourette 11%
James Leach 62%
Jerry Lewis 11%
Ron Lewis 0%
Joe Lieberman 25%
Blanche Lincoln 50%
John Linder 0%
William Lipinski 12%
Trent Lott, Sr. 25%
Dick Lugar 0%
William Luther 75%
James Maloney 77%
Don Manzullo 22%
Frank Mascara 44%
Robert Matsui 88%
Karen McCarthy 88%

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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