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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Civil Liberties Union

2009-2010 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Joseph Cao 40%
Dennis Cardoza 67%
Russ Carnahan 81%
Christopher Carney 44%
Mike Castle 44%
Ben Chandler III 56%
Travis Childers 19%
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%
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%
Russ Feingold 87%
Bob Filner 94%
Barney Frank 88%
Elton Gallegly 8%
Gabrielle Giffords 88%
Charlie Gonzalez 88%
Carte Goodwin 0%
Bart Gordon 63%
Judd Gregg 9%
Parker Griffith, Jr. 20%
John Hall 81%
Debbie Halvorson 81%
Phil Hare 94%
Jane Harman 88%
Wally Herger, Jr. 6%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 85%
Baron Hill 81%
Maurice Hinchey 94%
Paul Hodes 88%
Pete Hoekstra 0%
Thomas Holden 56%
Kay Hutchison 13%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 25%
Daniel Inouye 93%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
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%
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%
Steve LaTourette 13%
Frank Lautenberg 93%
Chris Lee 6%
George LeMieux 10%
Jerry Lewis 13%
Joe Lieberman 57%
Blanche Lincoln 73%
John Linder 13%
Dick Lugar 13%
Dan Lungren 6%
Connie Mack IV 13%
Don Manzullo 13%
Betsy Markey 81%
Jim Marshall 40%
Melquiades Martinez 0%
Eric Massa 91%
Thaddeus McCotter 13%
Michael McMahon 14%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
Charlie Melancon, Sr. 53%
Brad Miller 88%
Walt Minnick 81%
Harry Mitchell 88%
Alan Mollohan 67%
Dennis Moore 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%
Ron Paul 43%
Donald Payne 100%
Tom Perriello 87%
Todd Platts 19%
Earl Pomeroy 69%
George Radanovich 14%
Denny Rehberg 13%
Silvestre Reyes 80%
Laura Richardson 94%
Ciro Rodriguez 75%
Mike Ross 38%
Steve Rothman 93%
Mark Schauer 81%
Jean Schmidt 13%
Joe Sestak, Jr. 81%
John Shadegg 8%
Heath Shuler 31%
Ike Skelton 44%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 69%
Hilda Solis 100%
Mark Souder 0%
Zack Space 69%
Arlen Specter 80%
John Spratt, Jr. 63%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 13%
Bart Stupak 80%
John Sullivan 8%
Betty Sutton 88%
John Tanner 63%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
Gene Taylor 31%
Harry Teague 67%
Todd Tiahrt 15%
Ed Towns 88%
George Voinovich 20%
Zach Wamp 7%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 100%
Jim Webb, Jr. 87%
Anthony Weiner 87%
Robert Wexler 100%
Charlie Wilson, Jr. 60%
Lynn Woolsey 93%
David Wu 87%
Bill Young 6%

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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