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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 100%
Gary Ackerman 81%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 6%
John Adler 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Todd Akin 6%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 7%
Rodney Alexander 13%
Jason Altmire 63%
Rob Andrews 81%
Michael Arcuri 75%
Steve Austria 13%
Joe Baca, Sr. 81%
Michele Bachmann 13%
Spencer Bachus 13%
Brian Baird 67%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 94%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 13%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 80%
Melissa Bean 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 93%
Mark Begich 93%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Michael Bennet Democratic 93%
Bob Bennett 14%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 93%
Marion Berry 30%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 7%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 6%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 15%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 81%
Tim Bishop 87%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 6%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 7%
John Boccieri 81%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 14%
Kit Bond 7%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 6%
Mary Bono Mack 19%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 13%
GU U.S. House Delegate Madeleine Bordallo Democratic 80%
Dan Boren 20%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 67%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 6%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 93%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 88%
Bruce Braley 94%
Bobby Bright 6%
Paul Broun 13%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 88%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
Scott Brown 50%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 93%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 7%
Ginny Brown-Waite 14%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 13%
Jim Bunning 8%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 13%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 13%
Roland Burris 92%
Dan Burton 6%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 87%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 83%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 13%
Dave Camp 13%
John Campbell III 19%
Eric Cantor 6%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 87%
Joseph Cao 40%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 93%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 93%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 93%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 81%
Christopher Carney 44%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 93%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 13%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 87%
LA U.S. Senate Jr Bill Cassidy Republican 25%
Mike Castle 44%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 88%
UT U.S. House 3 Jason Chaffetz Republican 19%
Saxby Chambliss 7%
Ben Chandler III 56%
Travis Childers 19%
Donna Christensen 100%
CA U.S. House 27 Judy Chu Democratic 89%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 94%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 80%
Howard Coble 13%
Thomas Coburn 7%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 7%
CO U.S. House 6 Michael Coffman Republican 13%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 93%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 6%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 13%
VA U.S. House 11 Gerry Connolly Democratic 88%
Kent Conrad 73%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 87%
DE U.S. Senate Jr Chris Coons Democratic 100%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 81%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 7%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 69%
Jerry Costello 50%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 87%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 13%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 13%
Mark Critz 25%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 93%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 69%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 13%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 94%
Kathy Dahlkemper 79%
Artur Davis 53%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 94%
Geoff Davis 13%
Lincoln Davis 38%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 9%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 81%
Bill Delahunt 87%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 81%
James DeMint 7%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 33%
FL U.S. House 21 Ted Deutch Democratic 75%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 40%
Norm Dicks 81%
John Dingell 88%
Charles Djou 100%
Chris Dodd 93%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 94%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 44%
Byron Dorgan 73%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 81%
David Dreier 19%
Steve Driehaus 100%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 19%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 93%
MD U.S. House 4 Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Chet Edwards 69%
Vern Ehlers 38%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 94%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 19%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 94%
John Ensign 7%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 81%
Bob Etheridge 67%
Eni Faleomavaega 100%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 14%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 94%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 88%
Russ Feingold 87%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 87%
Bob Filner 94%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 20%
LA U.S. House 4 John Fleming, Jr. Republican 6%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 17%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 13%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 75%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 6%
Barney Frank 88%
MN U.S. Senate Jr Al Franken Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 6%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 19%
OH U.S. House 11 Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Elton Gallegly 8%
CA U.S. House 3 John Garamendi Democratic 71%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 13%
Jim Gerlach 19%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
NY U.S. Senate Jr Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic 92%
Phil Gingrey 14%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 13%
Charlie Gonzalez 88%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 13%
Carte Goodwin 0%
Bart Gordon 63%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 7%

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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