As mentioned in previous columns this year, NRCA's political
action committee, ROOFPAC, has given to President Bush's campaign
by contributing $5,000, the maximum amount permitted under campaign
finance law. Although there are many reasons to support candidates,
the decision to support the Bush-Cheney campaign rather than
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts
and vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina
was based on the administration's positions on issues important to
For example, NRCA strongly supports tort reform to curb
frivolous lawsuits that needlessly drive up insurance costs.
President Bush signed tort reform legislation into law as governor
of Texas and, as president, repeatedly has urged Congress to pass
tort reform legislation addressing such issues as class-action
lawsuits, medical malpractice litigation and asbestos
Kerry has not supported tort reform legislation. The
Washington Times reports lawyers and law firms contributed
twice as much to Kerry's campaign than any other interest group and
contributed almost 12 times as much as the next largest group of
contributors to Edwards' campaign. During his acceptance speech at
the Democratic National Convention, Kerry made no mention of
lawsuit abuse as being a problem...
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