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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.
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}}{{tnr}}{{Cong features vnt}}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."<ref>[http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0 ''American Civil Liberties Union'',"About Us," retrieved February 28, 2011]</ref> It works through litigation, legislation, and community education.
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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."<ref>[http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0 ''American Civil Liberties Union'', "About Us," accessed February 28, 2011]</ref>
  
"The ACLU today is the nation's largest public interest law firm, with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices."<ref name=acluHistory/> "About 100 ACLU staff attorneys collaborate with about 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling close to 6,000 cases annually."<ref name=acluHistory>[http://www.aclu.org/aclu-history ''American Civil Liberties Union'',"History," retrieved February 21, 2011]</ref>
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"The ACLU today is the nation's largest public interest law firm, with a 50-state network of staffed, autonomous affiliate offices."<ref name=acluHistory/> "About 100 ACLU staff attorneys collaborate with about 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling close to 6,000 cases annually."<ref name=acluHistory>[http://www.aclu.org/aclu-history ''American Civil Liberties Union'', "History," accessed February 21, 2011]</ref>
  
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==Leadership==
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*'''President:''' Susan N. Herman
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*'''Executive Director:''' Anthony D. Romero
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*'''Deputy Executive Director:''' Dorothy Ehrlich
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*'''Director of Washington Legislative Office:''' Laura Murphy
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*'''Director of Affiliate Support and Advocacy:''' Geri Rozanski
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*'''Legal Director:''' Steven Shapiro
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*'''Communications Director:''' Emily Tynes
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*'''Chief Development Officer:''' Mark Wier
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*'''General Counsel:''' Terence Dougherty
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==Rights of primary concern==
 
==Rights of primary concern==
 
*First Amendment rights
 
*First Amendment rights
 
*Equal protection under the law
 
*Equal protection under the law
 
*Right to due process
 
*Right to due process
*Right to privacy<ref>[http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0 ''American Civil Liberites Union'',"About Us," retrieved February 21, 2011]</ref>
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*Right to privacy<ref>[http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0 ''American Civil Liberites Union'', "About Us," accessed February 21, 2011]</ref>
  
==Measures==
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==2012 elections==
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According to ''OpenSecrets.org'', American Civil Liberties Union spent $16,740 in the 2012 election cycle.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000031473 ''Open Secrets'', "American Civil Liberties Union," accessed December 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Endorsed candidates===
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In the 2012 election cycle, the ACLU supported the following candidates:<ref name="acs">[http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000031473 ''Open Secrets'', "American Civil Liberties Union," accessed December 16, 2013]</ref>
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*[[Barack Obama]]
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*[[Kelda Helen Roys]]
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*[[Bill Foster]]
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*[[Lois Frankel]]
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*[[Hakeem Jeffries]]
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*[[Jon Tester]]
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===Expenditures===
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{| class="wikitable" margin-right: 3px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom:3px; margin-left:3px; style="background:none; width:600px;"
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! colspan="8" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" | Top 5 largest '''American Civil Liberties Union''' expenditures in 2012<ref name="acs"/>
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Party
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | State
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Office
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | For
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Against
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Total
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Desired Result
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| [[Barack Obama]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|N/A|| President||$14,490||$0||$14,490||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Kelda Helen Roys]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|WI||House||$500||$0||$500||[[Image:No.png|center]]
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| [[Lois Frankel]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|FL|| House||$250||$0||$250||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Bill Foster]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|IL|| House||$250||$0||$250||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Hakeem Jeffries]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|NY|| House||$250||$0||$250||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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==Ballot measures==
 
*Opposed [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)]]
 
*Opposed [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)]]
 
*Supported [[California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)]]
 
*Supported [[California Proposition 19, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2010)]]
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# The ACLU donated $61,562.50 to help fund [[Washington Initiative 1000 (2008)]].
 
# The ACLU donated $61,562.50 to help fund [[Washington Initiative 1000 (2008)]].
 
# In some states, at times, the ACLU lends support to litigation efforts in support of initiative rights.  Examples include [[ACLU v. Lomax]].
 
# In some states, at times, the ACLU lends support to litigation efforts in support of initiative rights.  Examples include [[ACLU v. Lomax]].
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "'''American + Civil + Liberties + Union'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.''
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==See also==
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* [[PACs and Super PACS]]
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* [[Political action committee]]
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* [[Super PAC]]
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* [[Federal Election Commission]]
  
 
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American Civil Liberties Union
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President:Susan N. Herman
Executive Director:Anthony D. Romero
Website:http://www.aclu.org/
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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]

"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 OpenSecrets.org, 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 Civil Liberties Union 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
Yes.png
Kelda Helen Roys Democratic Party WI House $500 $0 $500
No.png
Lois Frankel Democratic Party FL House $250 $0 $250
Yes.png
Bill Foster Democratic Party IL House $250 $0 $250
Yes.png
Hakeem Jeffries Democratic Party NY House $250 $0 $250
Yes.png

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

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "American + Civil + Liberties + Union"

All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.

American Civil Liberties Union News Feed

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See also

External links

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