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Americans for Democratic Action

Americans for Democratic Action
Formation 1947
Headquarters Washington D.C.
65,000 members
Lynn Woolsey

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) is an progressive policies. ADA works for social and economic justice through lobbying, grassroots organizing, research and supporting progressive candidates.


  • History 1
  • Voting records 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The ADA grew out of a predecessor group, the

  • Americans for Democratic Action

External links

  1. ^ Zuckerman, The Wine of Violence: An Anthology on Anti-Semitism, 1947, p. 220; Parmet, The Master of Seventh Avenue: David Dubinsky and the American Labor Movement, 2005, p. 214, ISBN 0-8147-6711-7; Boyle, The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968, 1998, p. 49, ISBN 0-8014-8538-X; Brown, Niebuhr and His Age: Reinhold Niebuhr's Prophetic Role and Legacy, 2002, p. 102, ISBN 1563383756; Ceplair, "The Film Industry's Battle Against Left-Wing Influences, From the Russian Revolution to the Blacklist," Film History, 2008, 400-401; Libros, Hard Core Liberals: A Sociological Analysis of the Philadelphia Americans for Democratic Action, 1975, p. 13, ISBN 0870731483.
  2. ^ a b Brock, Americans for Democratic Action: Its Role in National Politics, 1962, p. 49.
  3. ^ a b Powers, Not Without Honor: The History of American Anticommunism, 1998, p. 200-201, ISBN 0-300-07470-0.
  4. ^ a b Davis, The Civil Rights Movement, 2000, p. 27, ISBN ISBN 0-631-22043-7.
  5. ^ Halpern, UAW Politics in the Cold War Era, 1988, p. 138-139, ISBN 0887066712.
  6. ^  
  7. ^ Beinart, The Good Fight: Why Liberals—and Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, 2007, p. 4, ISBN 9780522853834.
  8. ^ a b Libros, Hard Core Liberals: A Sociological Analysis of the Philadelphia Americans for Democratic Action, 1975, p. 22, ISBN 0870731483.
  9. ^ Hambly, "The Liberals, Truman, and the FDR as Symbol and Myth," The Journal of American History, March 1970; Heale, American Anticommunism: Combating the Enemy Within, 1830-1970, 1990, p. 140, ISBN 0-8018-4050-3.
  10. ^ Americans for Democratic Action. "Voting Records". Retrieved 29 April 2015. 


ADA ranks legislators, identifies key policy issues, and tracks how members of Congress vote on these issues. The annual ADA Voting Record gives each member a Liberal Quotient (LQ) rating from 0, meaning complete disagreement with ADA policies, to 100, meaning complete agreement with ADA policies. A score of 0 is considered conservative and a score 100 is considered liberal. The LQ is obtained by evaluating an elected official's votes on 20 key foreign and domestic social and economic issues chosen by the ADA's Legislative Committee. Each vote given a score of either 5 or 0 points, depending on whether the individual voted with or against the ADA's position, respectively. Absent voters are also given a score of 0 for the vote.[10]

Voting records

Founding members included:

[9][8][4] The ADA was formed on January 4, 1947, and the UDA shuttered.[8][7] James Isaac Loeb (later an

[6] Though strongly anti-communist, unlike other contemporary liberal groups like the Progressive Citizens of America, who supported cooperation with the

[5][4][3] members of Congress in 1946, but this effort was an overwhelming failure.Democratic It undertook a major effort to support left-wing [3][2] as well.communist foreign policy and a pro-union, liberal domestic policy. It was strongly anti-internationalist, interventionist It supported a strongly [2][1]

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