There are plenty of scorecards out there, attempting to rank elected officials n their positions on the issues. Usually, the scorecards are formed based on how the person voted on a number of issues the group creating the scorecard believes to be important. While these rankings can be important in ranking incumbents, they are of no use when comparing novice office seekers, who have no voting record to rank.
A new website, CrowdPAC.com, attempts to solve this problem by examining the source of contributions to a candidate as a ranking factor in addition to voting history.
In Georgia, here are the overall rankings from left to right:
|Tom Graves||H14-R||8.2||Jody Hice||H10-R||9.0|
Admittedly, the system may not be perfect. For example, Second District incumbent Democrat Sanford Bishop ends up to the right of his Republican opponent, Greg Duke. And two candidates, Libertarian Amanda Swafford for Senate and Brian Reese in House District 1, do not have enough contributions to form a score.
In addition to an overall score, CrowdPAC ranks candidates on a wide variety of individual issues, from the economy to gun rights. For example, Republican Senate candidate David Perdue has Healthcare as his most important issue, with a ranking of 7.4, well to the right of the average Republican’s 5.6. For his Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn, the most important issue is Fair Elections, with a ranking of -6.8, just to the left of the average Democrat’s -6.4.
As today’s New York Times Upshot notes, CrowdPAC is designed so those seeking to contribute to candidates can best determine where their money should go, based on issues and race competitiveness. But, it’s also a fun site for those of us who are geeks at heart.