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Business and Consumers

2010 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 82% 2010 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 0% 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 14% 2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 13% 2008 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 100% 2008 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 91 2008 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 23% 2007-2008 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100% 2007 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 100 2007 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 89 2007 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 13 2007 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 0% 2006 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions on Pro-Business Policy 94% 2006 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions on Manufacturers Advocacy 100 2006 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions on Pro-Small Business Policy 100 2006 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 10 2006 Consumer Federation of California - Positions on Consumer Advocacy 8 2005-2010 Consumer Federation of California - Cumulative Score 10% 2005-2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 12% 2005-2006 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 100% 2005 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100% 2005 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions 12%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2010 California Communities United Institute - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Score 30% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Overall Score 38% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Women's Issues Score 60% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Minority Issues Score 10% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 48% 2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on AIDS Policy 7% 2009 Applied Research Center - Housing and Economics Score 25% 2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Criminal Justice 33% 2009 Applied Research Center - Leadership Score 0% 2009 Applied Research Center - Health Equity Score 0% 2009 Applied Research Center - Overall Score 26% 2009 Applied Research Center - Legal Racism Score 0% 2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Education Equity 67% 2009 Applied Research Center - Green Equity Score 100% 2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Civil Rights 50% 2008 Equality California - Positions 0% 2007 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 14 2007 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 8 2007 California Communities United Institute - Positions 29 2007 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - LGBTI Rights Score 17 2007 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 10 2007 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 21 2007 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 22 2007 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 50 2006 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 20 2006 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 7% 2006 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Underrepresented Group Issues 19 2006 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - LGBTI Rights Score 0 2006 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 46 2006 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 14 2006 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 33 2006 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 4 2005-2006 Equality California - Positions on LGBT Rights 0 2005 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 22 2005 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions 31% 2005 California Communities United Institute - LGBTI - Positions 17% 2005 Equality California - Positions 7% 2005 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 24% 2005 Lambda Letters Project - HIV/AIDS Policy Score 0% 2005 Lambda Letters Project - Women's Issues Score 31%

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.