The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a close ally of the White House, immediately endorsed Miers just hours after her nomination was announced. (In contrast, it took the chamber 36 days after John RobertsÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢ nomination before it officially endorsed him August 24.) Miers represented Microsoft and the Walt Disney Co. and handled other cases for large corporations during her time as a private litigator. She was also living in Texas in the 1990s when the state passed tort-reform legislation that favored businesses. On the other hand, she voted on the Dallas City Council to endorse a 7% increase in property taxes, which apparently didnÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢t bother the chamber.
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