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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN)

2008 Home Foreclosures Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
CA Governor Jerry Brown, Jr. Democratic 88%
CO Mayor At-Large John Suthers Republican 40%
CT U.S. Senate Sr Richard Blumenthal Democratic 100%
IA Attorney General Tom Miller Democratic 100%
ID Attorney General Lawrence Wasden Republican 44%
IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan Democratic 100%
MN Attorney General Lori Swanson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 100%
MS Attorney General Jim Hood Democratic 84%
MT Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Mike McGrath Non-partisan 8%
NC Governor Roy Cooper III Democratic 84%
ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Republican 0%
NV U.S. Senate Jr Catherine Cortez Masto Democratic 48%
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Democratic 100%
SC Governor Henry McMaster Republican 8%
TX Governor Gregory Abbott Republican 56%
Thurbert Baker 80%
Mark Bennett 8%
Jon Bruning 0%
Buddy Caldwell 0%
Stephen Carter 64%
Martha Coakley 100%
Talis Colberg 8%
Jack Conway 80%
Robert Cooper, Jr. 64%
Tom Corbett 16%
Mike Cox 40%
Doug Gansler 88%
Terry Goddard 84%
Gary King 88%
Troy King 0%
Larry Long 8%
Patrick Lynch 40%
Bill McCollum 60%
Dustin McDaniel 80%
Bob McDonnell 20%
Darrell McGraw, Jr. 60%
Rob McKenna 80%
Anne Milgram 60%
Hardy Myers 88%
Jay Nixon 72%
G. Steven Rowe 8%
Mark Shurtleff 84%
Linda Singer 44%
William Sorrell 8%
J.B. Van Hollen 40%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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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