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July 12th, 2010

Was Trial Lawyer Roxanne Conlin In Canada Raising Campaign Cash With Her Liberal Friends This Weekend?

WASHINGTON – While families and small businesses struggle with lagging job creation in Iowa, Democrat Senate hopeful and trial lawyer Roxanne Conlin (D-IA) was listed as a recipient of a swanky campaign fundraiser hosted by her liberal trial lawyer friends, who met during their convention in Vancouver, Canada yesterday.

Thus far Conlin has not disclosed whether she traveled to Canada herself or if she instead employed one of her Democrat party bosses – such as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who made the trip – to pick up her campaign cash and bring it back to America.

In either case, the main event of Conlin’s foreign fundraising weekend appears to have been a ritzy reception of the “Committee for a Better Future,” a joint venture of the Democrat party establishment and the trial lawyers’ lobbying association.  Notably, Conlin is the former head of the Washington, DC-based trial lawyers’ association, which, like Conlin and the Democrat party itself, has been under heavy fire in the United States for its out-of-control job-killing agenda. A new study released just last week by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that small businesses – which have created 64 percent of all net new jobs in the United States over the past 15 years – shoulder a tremendous burden of the nation’s tort liability costs.

“Roxanne Conlin owes Iowans a straight answer: Did she travel to Canada yesterday to raise money from her fellow liberal trial lawyer friends, or did she send her bag man Harry Reid to collect her share instead?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “It’s hypocritical for Conlin to rail against special interests in Iowa, then to secretively rake in campaign funds from the same Washington trial lawyers’ association that she used to run. Whether she traveled to Canada herself or sent Harry Reid to do her bidding, it’s clear that Roxanne Conlin is out-of-touch with mainstream Iowans, who will reelect Senator Grassley this November.”

Background Information:

In Her Announcement Video, Conlin Said “Taking On The Special Interests Has Been The Cause Of My Life And That’s Why I’m Running For U.S. Senate, To Take This Fight To Washington.” (YouTube,, Accessed 1/27/10)

According To The U.S. Chamber Institute For Legal Reform, Small Businesses Bore 81 Percent Of Business Tort Liability Costs In 2008, And Lawsuits Cost Them $105.4 Billion. “Small businesses are the engine of job growth in this country. They have generated 64 percent of the net new jobs over the past 15 years. Particularly at a time when unemployment rates are high, it is important to understand the burdens small businesses bear, with the objective of creating an environment in which small businesses will thrive. To this end, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform has commissioned a study of the tort liability costs of small businesses from NERA Economic Consulting (NERA). Their findings are as follows:
·         The tort liability price tag for small businesses in America in 2008 was $105.4 billion.

·         Small businesses bore 81% of business tort liability costs but took in only 22% of revenue.

·         Small businesses paid $35.6 billion of their tort costs out of pocket as opposed to through insurance.” (U.S. Chamber Institute For Legal Reform, “Tort Liability Costs For Small Business,” July 2010)

I wanted to ensure that you saw the story below confirming that Illinois Democrat Senate hopeful Alexi Giannoulias “was in Canada over the weekend” attending “a conference of trial lawyers.”

Roxanne Conlin was listed, along with Giannoulias, as a recipient of a fundraiser held Sunday night at the trial lawyers’ convention in Vancouver, Canada.  Notably, Conlin is the former head of the Washington, DC-based trial lawyers’ lobbying association.  Please see below to read the NRSC’s statement questioning Conlin’s whereabouts this weekend.

Now that Giannoulias has confirmed his attendance, will Roxanne Conlin finally speak up?

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