The midterm election in November 2006 saw Democrats gain six
seats in the U.S. Senate and at least 30 in the House of
Representatives. Two independent members of the Senate, Bernard
Sanders from Vermont and Joe Lieberman from Connecticut, caucus
with Democrats, giving them a 51-49 majority. And with several
House races still undergoing recounts, it appears Democrats now
have a 232-seat majority to the Republicans' 203.
is NRCA's federally
registered political action committee (PAC), and, similar to other
construction association PACs, has leaned toward supporting
Republicans since its inception in 1990. This has been driven by
orientation coupled with ROOFPAC's
candidate criteria. NRCA leaders review the following
criteria before contributing funds to Senate or House candidates:
voting record, electability, campaign team, positions on NRCA issues and leadership
With Democrats taking control of Congress, one might expect
fared poorly for the two-year election cycle. In fact, 73 percent
candidates for 2006 won, receiving 58 percent of funds dispersed to
those candidates. Percentages are based on a total of 80 candidates
who received $157,500. You can see the list of ROOFPAC
winners in "What
lies ahead?" page 24.
list of 80 candidates for 2006 was bipartisan, with contributions
made to Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Rep. Nydia Velázquez
(D-N.Y.), among others; however, most of the 80 candidates were
Republican. Candidate selection was quite difficult because of the
turbulent political atmosphere and immigration issue, which
confounded typical giving patterns. This resulted in a strategic
decision not to spend all the funds ROOFPAC...
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