Questionnaires for candidates are a staple of electoral politics. Many interest groups use them in evaluating whether to endorse contestants or spend money to support their campaigns. The stakes are high on both sides, and the process raises some ethical questions. Here is a sampling of questionnaires given to this year’s candidates for the Legislature.​

Service Employees International Union

California Teachers Association

California Association of Realtors

Californians Allied for Patient Protection

Consumer Attorneys of California

California League of Conservation Voters

California Police Chiefs Association

AFSCME Council 57

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