National Association of Manufacturing Consent

The National Association of Manufacturers, whose political action committee BIPAC mounted a massive get-out-the-business-vote drive last year, is forming two new groups to support the Bush administration. NAM's Alliance for Worker Retirement Security is "leading the charge for business interests," calling for Social Security privatization. NAM's American Justice Partnership will launch "a multimillion-dollar campaign to aid the White House in its quest to win approval for conservative judges," reported the Los Angeles Times. NAM head John Engler said, "There has been too much of a tendency ... to cast these judgeship battles as a social debate about abortion or gay rights. In fact, there are very few of those cases in contrast to those dealing with the tort system and the rights of individuals and companies."