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Jim Silva's Ratings and Endorsements

Business and Consumers

2012 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 100%
2012 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 83%
2012 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 100%
2012 Consumer Federation of California - Positions on Consumer Issues 0%
2012 Consumer Federation of California - Lifetime Score 10%
2011 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 93%
2011 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 82%
2011 California National Federation of Independent Business - Positions 91%
2011 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 8%
2011 Consumer Federation of California - Lifetime Score 11%
2010 California Chamber of Commerce - Positions 94%
2010 California Manufacturers and Technology Association - Positions 91%
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 21%
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 20%
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 100
2007 California Public Interest Research Group - Positions on Public Interest Advocacy 27
2007 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 11%
2005-2010 Consumer Federation of California - Cumulative Score 12%
2005-2009 Consumer Federation of California - Positions 15%

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

2011 California Communities United Institute - Positions 34
2011 Republican Liberty Caucus of California - Economic Liberties Score 83%
2011 Republican Liberty Caucus of California - Civil Liberties Score 75%
2011 Republican Liberty Caucus of California - Overall Score 79%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Score 10%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Overall Score 34%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Women's Issues Score 58%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Minority Issues Score 10%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on Economic Justice 49%
2010 California Communities United Institute - Positions on AIDS Policy 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Education Equity 67%
2009 Applied Research Center - Health Equity Score 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Leadership Score 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Housing and Economics Score 50%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Civil Rights 50%
2009 Applied Research Center - Green Equity Score 25%
2009 Applied Research Center - Legal Racism Score 0%
2009 Applied Research Center - Positions on Criminal Justice 33%
2009 Applied Research Center - Overall Score 30%
2008 Equality California - Positions 20%
2007 Applied Research Center - Positions on Racial Justice 24
2007 Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality - Positions on Civil Rights & Equality 15
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 29
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Economic Policy Score 22
2007 Lambda Letters Project - Minority Rights Policy Score 43

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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