Appendix 2 of "The Attack on Trial Lawyers and Tort Law"
An Example of Interconnectedness
This is a look at a portion of one individual's tort-reform work, to demonstrate how interconnectedness leverages the work of individuals and organizations tied to the right-wing movement.
Michael I. Krauss, Professor of Law, George Mason University is author of "Tort Reform, CATO Institute's Handbook for 107th Congress, 2001."  Other tort reform publications at Cato include "Restoring the Boundary: Tort Law and the Right to Contract."  George Mason University is covered in detail elsewhere in this report, and receives funding from the Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Earhart, Olin and Coors foundations.  Cato, also discussed elsewhere in this report, receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Earhart, Olin and Coors. 
According to Professor Krauss' biography,  he is a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, described elsewhere in this document, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Coors and others;  a member of the Advisory Board of Freedom House, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley and Smith Richardson;  a member of the adjunct faculty of the Institute for Justice, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Olin and Coors;  on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Scholars, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Olin and Coors.  His "Past Employment and Service" lists the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch and Coors. 
Krauss' tort-reform work is cited at the anti-lawyer website Overlawyered.com. 
Krauss' tort reform paper, "Federalism and Product Liability: One More Trip to the Choice-of-Law Well," was published in 2002 Brigham Young University Law Review 759.  Brigham Young University receives funding from the Earhart and Olin foundations. 
Krauss' tort reform paper, "Tort Law, Moral Accountability and Efficiency," ("Most people agree that today's Tort law discourages personal responsibility,") was published in Markets & Morality, a publication of the Acton Institute for The Study of Religion and Liberty,  which receives funding from Bradley, Koch and Coors. 
The Washington Legal Foundation, described elsewhere in this report, receives funding from Scaife, Olin and Coors,  and published Krauss' "Suits Against 'Big Fat' Tread On Basic Tort Liability Principles" in their publication, Legal Backgrounder.  Professor Krauss also speaks at the Washington Legal Foundation. 
Krauss' paper, "Today's Tort Suits Are Stranger Than Fiction"  appeared in the publication Virginia Viewpoint, published by Virginia Institute for Public Policy, which receives funding from Coors, Koch,  and managed by the former President of Cato Institute.
Krauss' work is cited in a pro-tort-reform column by Walter Williams, the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. 
Krauss is quoted in numerous newspaper stories  on tort reform issues.
Michael Krauss' interconnectedness with other right-wing issues:
These examples show the utility of having an infrastructure in place to support the Right's use of the interconnectedness effect to advance multiple issues. With a ready-to-go message amplification infrastructure in place, the right is able to utilize their many funded scholars, such as Krauss, to advance a broad range of causes, not just tort reform.
Krauss authored a Washington Times column, "Loading the dice for the ruling?" opposing affirmative action and diversity. 
Krauss authored a July 23, 2003 column on conservative Fox News Online, "Just Say No To Drug Re-Importation,"  supporting the pharmaceutical-industry position.
Krauss signed a petition, Don't Let The President Lie With Impunity, (President Clinton, not President Bush). This petition appears in a Claremont Institute publication.  Claremont receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, and Olin.