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Revision as of 11:09, 16 December 2013



American Civil Liberties Union
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President:Susan N. Herman
Executive Director:Anthony D. Romero
Website:http://www.aclu.org/
Portal:Congress
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) consists of two separate entities: the ACLU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on litigation and communication efforts, and the American Civil Liberties Union which focuses on legislative lobbying and does not have non-profit status.

The ACLU's stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."[1] It works through litigation, legislation, and community education.

"The ACLU today is the nation's largest public interest law firm, with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices."[2] "About 100 ACLU staff attorneys collaborate with about 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling close to 6,000 cases annually."[2]

Leadership

  • President: Susan N. Herman
  • Executive Director: Anthony D. Romero
  • Deputy Executive Director: Dorothy Ehrlich
  • Director of Washington Legislative Office: Laura Murphy
  • Director of Affiliate Support and Advocacy: Geri Rozanski
  • Legal Director: Steven Shapiro
  • Communications Director: Emily Tynes
  • Chief Development Officer: Mark Wier
  • General Counsel: Terence Dougherty

Rights of primary concern

  • First Amendment rights
  • Equal protection under the law
  • Right to due process
  • Right to privacy[3]

2012 elections

According to Open Secrets, American Civil Liberties Union spent $16,740 in the 2012 election cycle.[4]

Endorsed candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, the ACLU supported the following candidates:[5]

Expenditures

Top 5 largest American Cancer Society expenditures in 2012[5]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $14,490 $0 $14,490
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Kelda Helen Roys Democratic Party WI Senate $500 $0 $500
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Lois Frankel Democratic Party FL House $250 $0 $250
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Bill Foster Democratic Party IL House $250 $0 $250
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Hakeem Jeffries Democratic Party NY House $250 $0 $250
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Ballot measures

Role in ballot initiatives

The ACLU plays a role in ballot initiative campaigns in two primary ways:

  1. In some states, local chapters of the ACLU endorse or oppose specific ballot initiatives. Examples include California Proposition 21 (2000).
  2. The ACLU donated $61,562.50 to help fund Washington Initiative 1000 (2008).
  3. In some states, at times, the ACLU lends support to litigation efforts in support of initiative rights. Examples include ACLU v. Lomax.

Recent news

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See also

External links

References