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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 17%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 80%
Wayne Allard 17%
Thomas Allen 81%
Rob Andrews 75%
Bill Archer 7%
Richard Armey 6%
John Ashcroft 17%
Henry Scott Baesler 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 6%
Cass Ballenger 6%
James Barcia 31%
Bob Barr, Jr. 7%
Bill Barrett 6%
Roscoe Bartlett 6%
Charlie Bass 25%
Herbert Bateman 15%
Max Baucus 80%
Bob Bennett 40%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 75%
Douglas Bereuter 6%
Howard Berman 88%
Marion Berry 38%
Brian Bilbray 20%
Michael Bilirakis 6%
Jeff Bingaman 83%
Rod Blagojevich 69%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 13%
Sherwood Boehlert 69%
Kit Bond 33%
Henry Bonilla 25%
David Edward Bonior 81%
Mary Bono Mack 25%
Robert Borski, Jr. 63%
Leonard Boswell 56%
Rick Boucher 75%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 44%
John Breaux 50%
George Brown, Jr. 87%
Richard Bryan 83%
Ed Bryant 6%
Dale Bumpers 83%
Jim Bunning 7%
Conrad Burns 33%
Dan Burton 7%
Steve Buyer 14%
Robert Byrd 33%
Herbert Callahan 7%
Ben Campbell 33%
Thomas Campbell 56%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 6%
Chris Cannon 13%
Julia Carson 86%
Mike Castle 44%
John Chafee 83%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 6%
Jon Lynn Christensen 0%
William Clay, Sr. 93%
Eva Clayton 87%
Joseph Maxwell Cleland 83%
Robert Clement 33%
Michael Collins 6%
Larry Combest 6%
Gary Condit 47%
Kent Conrad 50%
Merrill Cook 6%
John Cooksey 14%
Jerry Costello 33%
Paul Coverdell 17%
Christopher Cox 13%
William Coyne 88%
Larry Craig 17%
Robert Cramer 29%
Philip Crane 7%
Barbara Cubin 13%
Randall Cunningham 8%
Alfonse D'Amato 67%
Patsy Ann Danner 38%
Thomas Daschle 67%
James Davis 56%
Thomas Davis III 69%
Bill Delahunt 88%
Thomas DeLay 6%
Peter Deutsch 69%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 27%
Jay Dickey 13%
Norm Dicks 87%
Julian Dixon 93%
Chris Dodd 83%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 50%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 6%
Byron Dorgan 67%
David Dreier 13%
Jennifer Dunn 13%
Chet Edwards 75%
Vern Ehlers 31%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 25%
Jo Ann Emerson 6%
Philip English 33%
John Ensign 31%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Lane Evans 94%
Terry Everett 7%
Thomas Ewing 7%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 17%
Harris Fawell 33%
Victor Fazio 88%
Russ Feingold 83%
Bob Filner 86%
Mark Foley 31%
Michael Patrick Forbes 33%
Harold Ford, Jr. 64%
Wendell Ford 67%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 8%
Tillie Fowler 25%
Jon David Fox 31%
Barney Frank 94%
Robert Franks 31%
William Frist 17%
Jonas Frost III 75%
Elizabeth Furse 93%
Elton Gallegly 13%
John Ganske 20%
Sam Gejdenson 81%
George Gekas 13%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 75%
Jim Gibbons 19%
Wayne Gilchrest 44%
Paul Gillmor 0%
Benjamin Gilman 56%
Newt Gingrich 20%
John Glenn 75%
Henry Gonzalez 100%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 13%
William Goodling 7%
Bart Gordon 38%
Slade Gorton 17%
Porter Goss 19%
Daniel Graham 83%
William Phillip Gramm 17%
Rodney Grams 17%
James Greenwood 53%
Judd Gregg 33%
Gilbert Gutknecht 6%
Tony Hall 31%
Lee Hamilton 38%
James Hansen 7%
Jane Harman 79%
J. Dennis Hastert 6%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 6%
Joel Hefley 6%
W.G. Hefner 67%
Jesse Helms 25%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6%
Rick Hill 7%
Van Hilleary 6%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 87%
Maurice Hinchey 87%
David Lee Hobson 31%
Pete Hoekstra 13%
Thomas Holden 31%
Ernest Hollings 33%
Darlene Hooley 75%
Stephen Horn 50%
John Nathan Hostettler 19%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 56%
Kenny Hulshof 6%
Duncan Hunter 6%
Asa Hutchinson 19%
Y. Tim Hutchinson 17%
Kay Hutchison 20%
Henry Hyde 6%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 6%
Daniel Inouye 83%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 94%
William Jefferson 67%
James Merrill Jeffords 50%
William Lewis Jenkins 6%
Christopher John 27%
Jay Johnson 47%
Nancy Johnson 63%
Paul Kanjorski 63%
Sue Kelly 38%
Dirk Kempthorne 50%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 83%
Joseph Kennedy II 81%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Barbara Bailey Kennelly 79%
Bob Kerrey 83%
Dale Kildee 50%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jay Kim 13%
Gerald Kleczka 75%
Ronald Klink 63%
Scott Klug 25%
Joseph Knollenberg 13%
Herb Kohl 83%

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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