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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2005-2006 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 100%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Todd Akin 5%
Rodney Alexander 9%
Wayne Allard 8%
George Allen 17%
Thomas Allen 95%
Rob Andrews 82%
Joe Baca, Sr. 77%
Spencer Bachus 14%
Brian Baird 95%
Richard Hugh Baker 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 36%
Roscoe Bartlett 36%
Charlie Bass 27%
Max Baucus 83%
Evan Bayh 67%
Melissa Bean 64%
Bob Beauprez 20%
Bob Bennett 25%
Shelley Berkley 90%
Howard Berman 100%
Marion Berry 50%
Judy Biggert 41%
Michael Bilirakis 9%
Jeff Bingaman 100%
Tim Bishop 86%
Sherwood Boehlert 45%
Kit Bond 17%
Henry Bonilla 5%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0%
Mary Bono Mack 29%
Dan Boren 27%
Leonard Boswell 55%
Rick Boucher 82%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 62%
Henry Brown, Jr. 5%
Ginny Brown-Waite 10%
Jim Bunning 17%
Conrad Burns 17%
Dan Burton 5%
Steve Buyer 10%
Robert Byrd 75%
Dave Camp 15%
John Campbell III 8%
Chris Cannon 15%
Eric Cantor 5%
Dennis Cardoza 73%
Russ Carnahan 86%
Julia Carson 100%
Edward Case 77%
Mike Castle 47%
Linc Chafee 75%
Saxby Chambliss 17%
Ben Chandler III 50%
Chris Chocola 18%
Hillary Clinton 83%
Howard Coble 5%
Thomas Coburn 8%
Norm Coleman 17%
Kent Conrad 67%
Jerry Costello 64%
Larry Craig 25%
Robert Cramer 45%
Barbara Cubin 18%
Artur Davis 68%
Geoff Davis 14%
James Davis 79%
Jo Ann Davis 6%
Lincoln Davis 32%
Thomas Davis III 19%
Bill Delahunt 95%
Thomas DeLay 0%
James DeMint 17%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 33%
Norm Dicks 95%
John Dingell 95%
Chris Dodd 80%
Elizabeth Dole 17%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 17%
John Doolittle 0%
Byron Dorgan 67%
Thelma Drake 9%
David Dreier 18%
Chet Edwards 55%
Vern Ehlers 45%
Jo Ann Emerson 19%
Philip English 18%
John Ensign 17%
Bob Etheridge 64%
Lane Evans 100%
Terry Everett 0%
Tom Feeney 10%
Russ Feingold 100%
Michael Ferguson 18%
Bob Filner 100%
Mark Foley 29%
Harold Ford, Jr. 57%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 14%
Barney Frank 100%
William Frist 25%
Elton Gallegly 9%
Jim Gerlach 29%
Jim Gibbons 14%
Wayne Gilchrest 60%
Paul Gillmor 14%
Phil Gingrey 0%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 5%
Bart Gordon 50%
Mark Green 19%
Judd Gregg 33%
Gilbert Gutknecht 14%
Charles Hagel 36%
Ralph Hall 5%
Tom Harkin 100%
Jane Harman 85%
Katherine Harris 15%
Melissa Hart 9%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Doc Hastings 10%
Robert Hayes 9%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 9%
Joel Hefley 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 5%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 52%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
David Lee Hobson 18%
Pete Hoekstra 11%
Thomas Holden 52%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Darlene Hooley 91%
John Nathan Hostettler 18%
Kenny Hulshof 14%
Duncan Hunter 5%
Kay Hutchison 17%
Henry Hyde 6%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 27%
Daniel Inouye 82%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 10%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
William Jefferson 90%
James Merrill Jeffords 92%
William Lewis Jenkins 9%
Nancy Johnson 41%
Tim Johnson 36%
Timothy Johnson 42%
Paul Kanjorski 71%
Ric Keller 10%
Sue Kelly 27%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 92%
Mark Kennedy 18%
Patrick Kennedy 95%
Dale Kildee 86%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 9%
Joseph Knollenberg 18%
Herb Kohl 75%
James Kolbe 33%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
John Kuhl, Jr. 14%
Jon Kyl 17%
Ray LaHood 19%
Mary Landrieu 58%
Tom Lantos 91%
Tom Latham 14%
Steve LaTourette 36%
Frank Lautenberg 83%
James Leach 64%
Carl Levin 92%
Jerry Lewis 14%
Ron Lewis 9%
Joe Lieberman 75%
Blanche Lincoln 75%
John Linder 0%
Trent Lott, Sr. 17%
Dick Lugar 25%
Dan Lungren 14%
Connie Mack IV 23%
Don Manzullo 23%
Jim Marshall 32%
Melquiades Martinez 25%
Jim Matheson 59%
Carolyn McCarthy 81%
Thaddeus McCotter 18%
James McCrery III 14%
John McHugh 18%
Mike McIntyre 41%
Buck McKeon 5%
Cynthia Ann McKinney 100%
Michael McNulty 79%
Martin Meehan 95%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 86%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 50%
Mike Michaud 82%
Juanita Millender-McDonald 100%
Gary Miller 0%
George Miller 100%

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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