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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%
John Adler 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 93%
Todd Akin 6%
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%
J. Gresham Barrett 0%
John Barrow 63%
Roscoe Bartlett 25%
Max Baucus 80%
Evan Bayh 80%
Melissa Bean 88%
Mark Begich 93%
Bob Bennett 14%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 93%
Marion Berry 30%
Judy Biggert 31%
Brian Bilbray 7%
Jeff Bingaman 93%
Tim Bishop 87%
John Boccieri 81%
Kit Bond 7%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 6%
Mary Bono Mack 19%
Dan Boren 20%
Leonard Boswell 80%
Rick Boucher 67%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 75%
Bruce Braley 94%
Bobby Bright 6%
Paul Broun 13%
Henry Brown, Jr. 8%
Scott Brown 50%
Ginny Brown-Waite 14%
Jim Bunning 8%
Roland Burris 92%
Dan Burton 6%
Steve Buyer 13%
Robert Byrd 83%
Dave Camp 13%
John Campbell III 19%
Eric Cantor 6%
Joseph Cao 40%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 81%
Christopher Carney 44%
Mike Castle 44%
Saxby Chambliss 7%
Ben Chandler III 56%
Travis Childers 19%
Donna Christensen 100%
Howard Coble 13%
Thomas Coburn 7%
Kent Conrad 73%
Jerry Costello 50%
Mark Critz 25%
Kathy Dahlkemper 79%
Artur Davis 53%
Geoff Davis 13%
Lincoln Davis 38%
Bill Delahunt 87%
James DeMint 7%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 13%
Norm Dicks 81%
John Dingell 88%
Charles Djou 100%
Chris Dodd 93%
Byron Dorgan 73%
David Dreier 19%
Steve Driehaus 100%
Chet Edwards 69%
Vern Ehlers 38%
Brad Ellsworth 50%
Jo Ann Emerson 19%
John Ensign 7%
Bob Etheridge 67%
Eni Faleomavaega 100%
Russ Feingold 87%
Bob Filner 94%
Barney Frank 88%
Elton Gallegly 8%
Jim Gerlach 19%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
Phil Gingrey 14%
Charlie Gonzalez 88%
Carte Goodwin 0%
Bart Gordon 63%
Judd Gregg 9%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 20%
Kay Hagan 80%
John Hall 81%
Ralph Hall 13%
Debbie Halvorson 81%
Phil Hare 94%
Tom Harkin 92%
Jane Harman 88%
Doc Hastings 6%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 85%
Baron Hill 81%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
Paul Hodes 88%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 56%
Rush Holt, Jr. 94%
Kay Hutchison 13%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 25%
Daniel Inouye 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
Mike Johanns 7%
Timothy Johnson 93%
Tim Johnson 38%
Steve Kagen 92%
Paul Kanjorski 75%
Ted Kaufman 82%
Patrick Kennedy 86%
Dale Kildee 81%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 93%
Mary Jo Kilroy 88%
Jack Kingston 13%
Paul Kirk, Jr. 100%
Larry Kissell 81%
Ron Klein 81%
Herb Kohl 93%
Suzanne Kosmas 81%
Frank Kratovil, Jr. 75%
Dennis Kucinich 94%
Jon Kyl 7%
Mary Landrieu 87%
Tom Latham 6%
Steve LaTourette 13%
Frank Lautenberg 93%
Chris Lee 6%
George LeMieux 10%
Carl Levin 93%
Jerry Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 57%
Blanche Lincoln 73%
John Linder 13%
Dick Lugar 13%
Dan Lungren 6%
Connie Mack IV 13%
Dan Maffei 94%
Don Manzullo 13%
Betsy Markey 81%
Jim Marshall 40%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
Eric Massa 91%
Jim Matheson 56%
Carolyn McCarthy 85%
Thaddeus McCotter 13%
Mike McIntyre 44%
Buck McKeon 13%
Michael McMahon 14%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Mike Michaud 88%
Gary Miller 15%
George Miller 93%
Brad Miller 88%
Walt Minnick 81%
Harry Mitchell 88%
Alan Mollohan 67%
Dennis Moore 88%
Jim Moran, Jr. 88%
Patrick Murphy 75%
Scott Murphy 75%
Jack Murtha 89%
Sue Myrick 13%
Ben Nelson 53%
Glenn Nye III 75%
Jim Oberstar 81%
Dave Obey 75%
John Olver 88%
Solomon Ortiz, Sr. 69%
Bill Owens 71%
Ed Pastor 94%
Ron Paul 43%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Perriello 87%
Tom Petri 13%
Todd Platts 19%
Earl Pomeroy 69%
Mark Pryor 60%
George Radanovich 14%
Nick Rahall II 50%
Denny Rehberg 13%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Laura Richardson 94%
Jay Rockefeller IV 87%
Ciro Rodriguez 75%

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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