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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Carrie Meek 87%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 77%
Dan Miller 22%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 100%
Zell Bryan Miller 25%
Patsy Takemoto Mink 100%
Alan Mollohan 33%
Dennis Moore 88%
Jim Moran, Jr. 88%
Constance Morella 66%
Frank Murkowski 25%
Jack Murtha 55%
Sue Myrick 0%
Ben Nelson 75%
George Nethercutt, Jr. 11%
Robert William Ney 33%
Don Nickles 25%
Anne Northup 0%
Charles Norwood, Jr. 0%
James Nussle 11%
Jim Oberstar 77%
Dave Obey 77%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 44%
Thomas William Osborne 22%
Doug Ose 33%
Major Owens 100%
Michael Oxley 0%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 66%
Donald Payne 100%
John Peterson 11%
Tom Petri 11%
David Phelps 33%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 11%
Todd Platts 22%
Richard Pombo 0%
Earl Pomeroy 66%
Deborah Pryce 22%
Jack Quinn 11%
George Radanovich 0%
Nick Rahall II 66%
James Ramstad 33%
Ralph Regula 11%
Denny Rehberg 25%
Silvestre Reyes 75%
Thomas Reynolds 0%
Bob Riley 0%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 50%
Ciro Rodriguez 77%
Timothy Roemer 55%
Mike Rogers 11%
Mike Ross 66%
Steve Rothman 66%
Marge Roukema 33%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 77%
Rick Santorum 25%
Paul Sarbanes 50%
Jim Saxton 0%
Robert Schaffer 0%
Edward Schrock 0%
José Serrano 100%
John Shadegg 11%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 11%
Christopher Shays 66%
Donald Sherwood 11%
Ronnie Shows 33%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 44%
Joseph Skeen 11%
Ike Skelton 22%
Gordon Smith 50%
Nick Smith 11%
Bob Smith 25%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 87%
Hilda Solis 88%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 50%
John Spratt, Jr. 66%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Charles Stenholm 33%
Ted Stevens 0%
Ted Strickland 77%
Bob Stump 11%
Bart Stupak 55%
John Sununu 11%
John Sweeney 22%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 50%
Ellen Tauscher 88%
William Tauzin 0%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 33%
Lee Terry 0%
Craig Thomas 50%
William Thomas 33%
Fred Thompson 0%
Karen Thurman 77%
Strom Thurmond 25%
Todd Tiahrt 11%
John Tierney 100%
Robert Torricelli 50%
Ed Towns 75%
James Traficant, Jr. 0%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
James Turner 66%
Mark Udall 100%
George Voinovich 50%
James Walsh 0%
Zach Wamp 11%
John Warner 25%
Wesley Watkins 0%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 0%
Henry Waxman 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 11%
Gerald Weller 0%
Paul Wellstone 50%
Robert Wexler 77%
Heather Wilson 0%
Frank Wolf 0%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 88%
Albert Wynn 77%
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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