How We Score

We base our scoring system on the following information:

  • Direct and indirect corporate donations
  • Activities and stated policies from these companies
  • Documented sponsorships for various political and advocacy-related events
  • Corporate leadership donations, activity and advocacy
  • Lobbying spent for or against various issues on the federal and state levels

We use this information to score each company on a scale of 1 to 5 on various issues.

The scale is calculated as follows:

  1. Liberal – Direct donations to liberal organizations, such as pro-abortion groups or gun control groups. Having liberal values in the company’s main business platform.
  2. Lean Liberal – Third party donations to groups that support or fund liberal organizations causes, matching gifts to liberal organizations or causes, or any indirect support to liberal organizations or causes.
  3. Neutral – Absence of any support of liberal organizations or causes. A company can also score neutral if they equally support liberal and conservative causes.
  4. Lean Conservative – Third party donations to groups that support conservative organizations or causes, matching gifts to conservative causes or groups, or any indirect support for conservative organizations or causes.
  5. Conservative – Direct funding to conservative groups, such as pro-life groups and pro-2nd Amendment groups. Having conservative values in the company’s main business platform.