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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100
Gary Ackerman 100
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 86
Todd Akin 0
Rodney Alexander 0
Wayne Allard 14
Thomas Allen 100
Jason Altmire 67
Rob Andrews 100
Michael Arcuri 83
Joe Baca, Sr. 100
Michele Bachmann 0
Spencer Bachus 0
Brian Baird 100
Richard Hugh Baker 0
J. Gresham Barrett 0
John Barrow 50
Roscoe Bartlett 33
Max Baucus 100
Evan Bayh 86
Melissa Bean 83
Bob Bennett 14
Shelley Berkley 83
Howard Berman 100
Marion Berry 83
Judy Biggert 17
Brian Bilbray 0
Jeff Bingaman 86
Tim Bishop 100
Kit Bond 14
Jo Bonner, Jr. 0
Mary Bono Mack 17
Dan Boren 33
Leonard Boswell 83
Rick Boucher 100
Allen Boyd, Jr. 67
Nancy Boyda 67
Bruce Braley 100
Paul Broun 0
Henry Brown, Jr. 0
Ginny Brown-Waite 0
Jim Bunning 33
Dan Burton 0
Steve Buyer 0
Robert Byrd 71
Dave Camp 0
John Campbell III 0
Chris Cannon 0
Eric Cantor 0
Dennis Cardoza 100
Russ Carnahan 100
Christopher Carney 50
Mike Castle 33
Saxby Chambliss 17
Ben Chandler III 67
Hillary Clinton 67
Howard Coble 0
Thomas Coburn 29
Norm Coleman 29
Kent Conrad 86
Jerry Costello 100
Larry Craig 33
Robert Cramer 33
Barbara Cubin 0
Artur Davis 67
David Davis 17
Geoff Davis 0
Lincoln Davis 17
Thomas Davis III 0
Bill Delahunt 100
James DeMint 29
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 33
Norm Dicks 100
John Dingell 100
Chris Dodd 67
Elizabeth Dole 29
Pete Domenici, Jr. 14
John Doolittle 0
Byron Dorgan 100
Thelma Drake 0
David Dreier 0
Chet Edwards 67
Vern Ehlers 17
Brad Ellsworth 50
Jo Ann Emerson 0
Philip English 17
John Ensign 14
Bob Etheridge 83
Terry Everett 0
Tom Feeney 0
Russ Feingold 86
Michael Ferguson 17
Bob Filner 100
Vito Fossella, Jr. 0
Barney Frank 100
Elton Gallegly 0
Jim Gerlach 17
Gabrielle Giffords 100
Wayne Gilchrest 60
Phil Gingrey 0
Charlie Gonzalez 83
Virgil Goode, Jr. 0
Bart Gordon 50
Judd Gregg 33
Charles Hagel 43
John Hall 100
Ralph Hall 0
Phil Hare 100
Tom Harkin 83
Jane Harman 100
Doc Hastings 0
Robert Hayes 0
Wally Herger, Jr. 0
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 67
Baron Hill 83
Maurice Hinchey 100
David Lee Hobson 0
Paul Hodes 100
Pete Hoekstra 0
Thomas Holden 83
Rush Holt, Jr. 100
Darlene Hooley 100
Kenny Hulshof 0
Duncan Hunter 0
Kay Hutchison 14
Bob Inglis, Sr. 33
Daniel Inouye 57
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100
William Jefferson 100
Tim Johnson 50
Timothy Johnson 100
Steve Kagen 100
Paul Kanjorski 100
Ric Keller 0
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 71
Patrick Kennedy 100
Dale Kildee 100
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100
Jack Kingston 17
Ron Klein 100
Joseph Knollenberg 0
Herb Kohl 71
Dennis Kucinich 100
John Kuhl, Jr. 17
Jon Kyl 14
Ray LaHood 25
Nicholas Lampson 25
Mary Landrieu 86
Tom Lantos 100
Tom Latham 0
Steve LaTourette 0
Frank Lautenberg 86
Carl Levin 86
Jerry Lewis 0
Ron Lewis 0
Joe Lieberman 43
Blanche Lincoln 67
John Linder 0
Dick Lugar 50
Dan Lungren 0
Connie Mack IV 17
Tim Mahoney 67
Don Manzullo 17
Jim Marshall 33
Melquiades Martinez 14
Jim Matheson 67
Carolyn McCarthy 100
Thaddeus McCotter 0
James McCrery III 17
John McHugh 0
Mike McIntyre 33
Buck McKeon 0
Michael McNulty 100
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 50
Mike Michaud 100
Gary Miller 0
George Miller 100
Brad Miller 100
Harry Mitchell 83
Alan Mollohan 100
Dennis Moore 100
Jim Moran, Jr. 100
Patrick Murphy 83
Jack Murtha 100
Marilyn Musgrave 0
Sue Myrick 0
Ben Nelson 71
Jim Oberstar 100
Dave Obey 100
John Olver 100
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 75
Ed Pastor 100
Ron Paul 67
Donald Payne 100
John Peterson 0
Tom Petri 17
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0
Todd Platts 17
Earl Pomeroy 67

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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