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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2007-2008 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
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%
Brian Baird 90%
J. Gresham Barrett 18%
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%
Kit Bond 14%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 27%
Dan Boren 45%
Leonard Boswell 82%
Rick Boucher 91%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 73%
Henry Brown, Jr. 18%
Ginny Brown-Waite 22%
Jim Bunning 23%
Dan Burton 18%
Steve Buyer 18%
Robert Byrd 86%
Dennis Cardoza 91%
Russ Carnahan 100%
Christopher Carney 55%
Mike Castle 55%
Ben Chandler III 64%
Travis Childers 50%
Hillary Clinton 75%
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%
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%
Gabrielle Giffords 91%
Charlie Gonzalez 91%
Bart Gordon 64%
Judd Gregg 17%
John Hall 100%
Phil Hare 100%
Jane Harman 91%
Wally Herger, Jr. 18%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 73%
Baron Hill 91%
Maurice Hinchey 100%
Paul Hodes 100%
Pete Hoekstra 18%
Thomas Holden 82%
Kay Hutchison 14%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 45%
Daniel Inouye 43%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 100%
Tim Johnson 64%
Steve Kagen 100%
Paul Kanjorski 91%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 85%
Patrick Kennedy 100%
Dale Kildee 91%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 100%
Ron Klein 18%
Herb Kohl 64%
Dennis Kucinich 100%
Jon Kyl 14%
Steve LaTourette 18%
Frank Lautenberg 93%
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%
Thaddeus McCotter 10%
John McHugh 18%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 100%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 64%
Brad Miller 100%
Harry Mitchell 82%
Alan Mollohan 100%
Dennis Moore 91%
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%
Ron Paul 33%
Donald Payne 100%
Todd Platts 27%
Earl Pomeroy 73%
George Radanovich 22%
Denny Rehberg 18%
Silvestre Reyes 82%
Laura Richardson 75%
Ciro Rodriguez 73%
Mike Ross 64%
Steve Rothman 100%
Ken Salazar 64%
Jean Schmidt 18%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 91%
John Shadegg 18%
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%
Todd Tiahrt 20%
Ed Towns 100%
George Voinovich 29%
Zach Wamp 27%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 71%
Anthony Weiner 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 82%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Bill Young 18%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 100%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 100%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 64%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 100%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 91%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 82%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 91%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 100%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 85%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 100%
IA U.S. House 1 Bruce Braley Democratic 100%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 91%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 91%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 93%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 100%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 100%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 29%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 100%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 71%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 90%
VI U.S. House Delegate Donna Christensen Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 90%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 91%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 100%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 73%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 82%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 100%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 91%

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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