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July 30th, 2010

Does Conlin Support $1.5 Billion Tax Break for Trial Lawyers?

DOES FORMER TRIAL LAWYERS’ PRESIDENT CONLIN SUPPORT $1.5 BILLION TAX BREAK
FOR TRIAL LAWYERS? WE’LL TAKE THAT AS A “YES”

Based on her campaign’s response to media questions, U.S. Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin apparently supports an Obama administration move to give a $1.52 billion tax break to trial lawyers.

Conlin, a trial lawyer who claims to oppose tax breaks for wealthy Americans, has been silent on the break that would let wealthy trial lawyers deduct loans to clients as a business expense. The president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform has said the tax break would increase the number of frivolous lawsuits and add to the federal deficit.

When asked directly if Conlin, a former president of the American Trial Lawyers Association, currently supports the tax break or has ever advocated it, her campaign spokesman instead repeated previous unsubstantiated criticism of incumbent Chuck Grassley.

“That evasive response says it all. The Conlin campaign was given an opportunity to give Iowans a direct and honest answer about its candidate’s position on an important public policy issue and they ducked it,” said Eric Woolson, a spokesman for Grassley’s re-election campaign. “Until the Conlin campaign decides to level with Iowans, we’ll take that answer as a ‘yes’ and another validation of Roxanne Conlin’s hypocrisy when it comes to tax breaks for the rich.”

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