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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 91%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Todd Akin 18%
Rodney Alexander 18%
Jason Altmire 64%
Rob Andrews 100%
Michael Arcuri 73%
Joe Baca, Sr. 91%
Michele Bachmann 18%
Spencer Bachus 18%
Brian Baird 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 18%
John Barrow 64%
Roscoe Bartlett 45%
Max Baucus 86%
Evan Bayh 57%
Melissa Bean 82%
Bob Bennett 14%
Shelley Berkley 82%
Howard Berman 91%
Marion Berry 82%
Judy Biggert 27%
Brian Bilbray 18%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Tim Bishop 91%
Kit Bond 14%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 27%
Dan Boren 45%
Leonard Boswell 82%
Rick Boucher 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Bruce Braley 100%
Paul Broun 0%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 23%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 86%
Dave Camp 18%
John Campbell III 9%
Eric Cantor 18%
Dennis Cardoza 91%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 55%
Mike Castle 55%
Saxby Chambliss 15%
Ben Chandler III 64%
Travis Childers 50%
Donna Christensen 100%
Hillary Clinton 75%
Howard Coble 20%
Thomas Coburn 21%
Norm Coleman 29%
Kent Conrad 64%
Jerry Costello 100%
Artur Davis 73%
Geoff Davis 18%
Lincoln Davis 45%
Bill Delahunt 100%
James DeMint 15%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 55%
Norm Dicks 91%
John Dingell 100%
Chris Dodd 85%
Byron Dorgan 100%
David Dreier 18%
Chet Edwards 73%
Vern Ehlers 30%
Brad Ellsworth 55%
Jo Ann Emerson 27%
John Ensign 14%
Bob Etheridge 82%
Russ Feingold 93%
Bob Filner 100%
Barney Frank 100%
Elton Gallegly 18%
Jim Gerlach 36%
Gabrielle Giffords 91%
Phil Gingrey 20%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Bart Gordon 64%
Judd Gregg 17%
John Hall 100%
Ralph Hall 18%
Phil Hare 100%
Tom Harkin 92%
Jane Harman 91%
Doc Hastings 18%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 73%
Baron Hill 91%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 18%
Thomas Holden 82%
Rush Holt, Jr. 100%
Kay Hutchison 14%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 45%
Daniel Inouye 43%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 64%
Timothy Johnson 50%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 91%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 85%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Jack Kingston 18%
Ron Klein 18%
Herb Kohl 64%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 14%
Mary Landrieu 57%
Tom Latham 18%
Steve LaTourette 18%
Frank Lautenberg 93%
Carl Levin 86%
Jerry Lewis 18%
Joe Lieberman 36%
Blanche Lincoln 46%
John Linder 9%
Dick Lugar 31%
Dan Lungren 18%
Connie Mack IV 27%
Don Manzullo 27%
Jim Marshall 45%
Melquiades Martinez 14%
Jim Matheson 64%
Carolyn McCarthy 91%
Thaddeus McCotter 10%
John McHugh 18%
Mike McIntyre 55%
Buck McKeon 18%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 64%
Mike Michaud 100%
Gary Miller 18%
George Miller 100%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 82%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 91%
Jim Moran, Jr. 100%
Patrick Murphy 82%
Jack Murtha 91%
Sue Myrick 18%
Ben Nelson 50%
Jim Oberstar 100%
Dave Obey 100%
John Olver 100%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 78%
Ed Pastor 100%
Ron Paul 33%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Petri 27%
Todd Platts 27%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
Mark Pryor 50%
George Radanovich 22%
Nick Rahall II 91%
Denny Rehberg 18%
Silvestre Reyes 82%
Laura Richardson 75%
Jay Rockefeller IV 57%
Ciro Rodriguez 73%
Mike Rogers 18%
Mike Ross 64%
Steve Rothman 100%
Ken Salazar 64%
Jean Schmidt 18%
Allyson Schwartz 100%
José Serrano 100%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 91%
John Shadegg 18%
Carol Shea-Porter 100%
Heath Shuler 45%
Ike Skelton 90%
Olympia Snowe 57%
Vic Snyder 70%
Mark Souder 11%
Zack Space 64%
Arlen Specter 43%
John Spratt, Jr. 91%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 27%
Ted Stevens 21%
Bart Stupak 91%
John Sullivan 18%
John Sununu 43%
Betty Sutton 100%
John Tanner 60%
Ellen Tauscher 91%
Gene Taylor 64%
Lee Terry 18%
Todd Tiahrt 20%
John Tierney 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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