Cyrus Dugger

Business Groups Rebuffed at the Polls on Tort “Reform” Friendly Court Nominees

"Interestingly, despite decisively outspending trial lawyers around the country, business groups were dealt a series of defeats, reversing a string of victories established in the 2002 and 2004 election cycles. The American Taxpayers Alliance, which has received funding in the past from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had backed Nabers, the ousted Chief Justice, in Alabama. The American Justice Partnership made donations to elect high court judges in Georgia and Oregon, and an appellate court judge in Illinois, and went 0 for 3 in those states. In Washington, national and state business groups failed to elect any of their preferred candidates despite million-dollar campaigns to defeat incumbents. Only in Ohio did business-backed candidates win election; that state’s high court now has a 9-0 Republican composition. Data gathered by the Brennan Center for Justice indicated that, through October 22, 95 percent of third-party spending on television ads in high court races was paid for by business groups." (link)
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Posted at 11:31 AM, Nov 10, 2006 in Judicial Nominees
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