Senator Jim Nielsen's Special Interest Group Ratings

Office: State Senate (CA) - District 4, Republican
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Business and Consumers

2015 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2015 Consumer Federation of California - Lifetime Score 20 2015 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 25% 2015 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (State Legislatures) 100% 2014 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2014 Consumer Federation of California - Lifetime Score 19% 2014 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 29% 2014 National Federation of Independent Business - Positions (State Legislatures) 100% 2013 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2013 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 86% 2013 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 88% 2013 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 25% 2013 Consumer Federation of California - Positions (Lifetime) 18 2013 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 13 2012 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2012 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 92% 2012 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2012 Consumer Federation of California - Lifetime Score 19% 2012 Consumer Federation of California - Positions on Consumer Issues 13% 2011 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2011 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 91% 2011 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2011 Consumer Federation of California - Lifetime Score 21% 2011 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 8% 2010 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 94% 2010 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 91% 2010 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 18% 2009 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2009 California National Federation of Independent Business - State Assembly Score 100% 2009 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 29% 2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 31% 2005-2010 Consumer Federation of California - Cumulative Score 26% 2005-2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 31%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2015 California Civil Liberties Advocacy - Positions 64 2014 California Communities United Institute - Positions 61% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on People of Color 36% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on HIV/AIDS 80% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on African Americans 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 56% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Womens Issues 76% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Native Americans 100% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Overall Positions (Senate Only) 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Latino Issues 27% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Asians and Pacific Islanders 32% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on LGBT 50% 2011 California Communities United Institute - Positions 35 2011 Republican Liberty Caucus of California - Civil Liberties Score 75% 2011 Republican Liberty Caucus of California - Economic Liberties Score 80% 2011 Republican Liberty Caucus of California - Overall Score 78% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Score 20% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on AIDS Policy 0% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Women's Issues Score 60% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 47% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Overall Score 35% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Minority Issues Score 10% 2009 Race Forward - Legal Racism Score 100% 2009 Race Forward - Positions on Criminal Justice 33% 2009 Race Forward - Positions on Civil Rights 50% 2009 Race Forward - Overall Score 34% 2009 Race Forward - Housing and Economics Score 25% 2009 Race Forward - Positions on Education Equity 67% 2009 Race Forward - Leadership Score 50% 2009 Race Forward - Green Equity Score 25% 2009 Race Forward - Health Equity Score 20%

Environment

2015 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Scores 32% 2015 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 0% 2015 Sierra Club California - Positions 20% 2014 California Environmental Justice Alliance - Positions 18% 2014 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 18% 2014 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Scores 33% 2014 Sierra Club California - Positions 0% 2013-2014 California Park and Recreation Society - Positions 45% 2013-2014 Clean Water Action California - Positions 20% 2013 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 9% 2013 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 0% 2012 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 19% 2012 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 12% 2012 Clean Water Action California - Positions 40% 2012 Sierra Club California - Positions 23% 2011-2012 California Park and Recreation Society - Positions 58% 2011 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 12% 2011 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 9% 2011 Sierra Club California - Positions 18% 2010 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 5% 2010 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 8% 2010 Sierra Club California - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Clean Water Action California - Positions 25% 2009 California League of Conservation Voters - Positions 9% 2009 California League of Conservation Voters - Lifetime Score 10% 2009 Environment California - Positions 0% 2009 Race Forward - Green Equity Score 25% 2009 Sierra Club California - Positions 13%

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

2015 Equality California - Positions 11% 2014 California Communities United Institute - Positions 61% 2014 Equality California - Positions 0% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on HIV/AIDS 80% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on LGBT 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Native Americans 100% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Asians and Pacific Islanders 32% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on African Americans 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Overall Positions (Senate Only) 50% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Latino Issues 27% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Womens Issues 76% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on People of Color 36% 2013 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 56% 2013 Equality California - Positions 0% 2012 Equality California - Positions 0% 2011 California Communities United Institute - Positions 35 2011 Equality California - Positions 0% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on AIDS Policy 0% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Women's Issues Score 60% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Overall Score 35% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Score 20% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Minority Issues Score 10% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 47% 2010 Equality California - Positions 15% 2009 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 0%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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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