False advertising in #NY23

Would anyone wish to be represented by Tom Reed whose campaign is based on phony petitions, false news, fake websites, and self-serving lies?


Even Republican Governor Bobby Jindal knows he’s with stupid.

The GOP–once the Party of Lincoln, more recently the Party of the Rich, the Stupid Party, the party seeking to “restrict the vote, the Party of NO–now is the Party of Fake News and False Web Sites. Would anyone wish to be represented by Tom Reed whose campaign is based on phony petitions, false news, fake websites, and self-serving lies? Can we expect honest representation from Tom, should he be reelected, after he runs another dirty campaign? Can we expect Tom to support campaign finance reform when he benefits from a flood of laundered, out-of-state PAC money? No way.

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Tom Reed’s intern stalks Martha in Owego.

The NRCC is identified as responsible for the fake websites in the fine print at the bottom of the pages; if wary viewers scroll down they may notice it. Occasionally we read reports that these fake web sites have been taken down, but that isn’t true. Even after a rash of unfavorable publicity, the GOP hasn’t stopped cheating.


© William Hungerford – August 2014

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Public Land Use: Hunting & Fishing or Drilling? A Look at Rep. Reed’s Voting Record

“Wildlife and wild places no longer exists by accident or without the intervention of those that truly and deeply care.”

Shane Mahoney, Conservationist.

Hunting, fishing, hiking and camping are experiences that many of us enjoy. They are often long held family traditions. They are often ways we escape the hustle-and bustle of our busy lives and relax with friends. Hunting and fishing are ways  to get healthy, great unprocessed food for our families. We understand the balancing relationship between humans and the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are win-win experiences for us, and for the ecosystem.

There is a constant battle for undeveloped land. Industry is trying to expand onto lands that have traditionally been dedicated for outdoor recreation. Conservation groups are fighting to keep as much open space available for us to use. The League of Conservation Voters keeps an eye on the conservation issues that Congress considers.  It has given Congressman Reed a 4% rating for 2013, and a 7% lifetime rating. Even though Rep. Reed professes to be a steward of the land, his actions make us question if that is the case.

As of July 21, 2014, Rep. Reed’s campaign had received $133,900 from the Oil and Gas industries.  That is higher than any other  House member from New York State.  Secondbribe on the list, Rep. Chris Gibson (NY 19), received $22,400, or 1/6 of Rep. Reed received.  The Oil/Gas Industries had donated $238,350 to 18 represents from New York State—Reed received 56%. He is seen as the Oil/Gas’s “Go-To Guy” in New York State to advance their industry. After all, he is a co-chairman of the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus.


bigflats_well_300x200_110518One way that Rep. Reed has supported the Oil/Gas Industries is to give them drilling rights on Federally owned Public Lands. Here are some of the legislation that Rep. Reed supported that does just that:

  • In 2012, Rep. Reed not only voted for, but co-sponsored, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. The DEJA was made up of seven related bills. The bills, in their different ways, would transfer federal lands now used for hunting, fishing and camping to lands  that private gas/oil corporations would lease for drilling, or coal industry would use for mining.   This Act was passed in the House of Representatives, but rejected in the Senate.
  • In 2012 Rep. Reed supported the “Conservation and Economic Growth Act” One bill, H.R. 1505

    “would force the American people to surrender their right to hunt, fish, and camp on public lands so that federal agents could have unprecedented new policing authority. H.R. 2578 would also give a private corporation access to clearcut prime public lands in the Tongass National Forest; allow the lethal removal of sea lions from the Columbia River without public involvement and with limited scientific review; cut sensible limits on vehicle access on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area that are designed to protect threatened wildlife; and cut environmental protections for livestock grazing.”

  • In 2013, Rep. Reed supported the Federal Lands Jobs and  Energy Security Act, which has many of the same concepts as the failed 2012  Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development  sent an open letter to the House Natural Resources Committee  which goes in detail about their concerns about HR 1965. Part of their letter said:

    “Our coalition supports energy development on federal lands that balances production with the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat so that our hunting and angling opportunities are sustained. H.R. 1965 would make it harder to achieve that balance by canceling the Interior Department’s 2010 leasing reforms, requiring a set percentage of nominated acres to be offered for lease regardless of potential impacts to fish and wildlife, and returning to a 2008 plan for oil shale development that fails to safeguard fish, wildlife and water resources.” This bill also was passed by the House but  only to die in the Senate.

  • In 2013, Rep. Reed voted for the “Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act” which would give the states the responsibility to regulate fracking on the Federal Public Lands in their state. Please realize  that:

    “The law requires that our public lands be managed for multiple uses. The American public supports conserving the fish and wildlife on those lands and protecting air and water quality,” said Brad Powell, senior policy director of the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project at Trout Unlimited. “Proposed updates to federal fracking rules are a good step forward in sensible regulation of a practice that has changed and expanded dramatically in the past few years. The House bill blocking federal regulation would be a huge step backward.

    The National Wildlife Foundation has a well-researched article about this Act.

  • In 2014 the House Republicans proposed the  “Lowering Gasoline Prices To Fuel an American That  Works Act.” (HR 4899, Roll Call Vote #368), which again calls for the prioritizing on our public lands and waters for other activities as hiking, fishing and hunting. This bill would harm the $646 billion outdoor recreation businesses. It would provide more land off the Atlantic Ocean and California for oil drilling; risking oil spills on public lands for  profit making private companies. Rep. Reed supported this bill. The House approved of this bill, and it has been sent to the Senate.

Besides promoting drilling on public hunting lands, Rep. Reed voted to seriously reduce funding for projects designed to protect outdoor recreation. Here are some of those bills that our congressman has supported:

  • In 2011 Rep. Reed  voted for the “Sweeping Environment Funding and Policy” (HR 1, House Roll Call, vote 147) which ordered massive funding cuts in the budgets that support  and protect wildlife, and water ecosystems.
  • In 2012 Rep. Reed’s supported HR 4089 which would also weaken conservation protection  by rolling back long-standing environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy, the Wilderness Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • In February, 2014, Reed voted to support Public Access and Land Improvement Act (HR 2954), a package of pubic land bills that promoted harmful logging that were against the conservation plans and policies of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service. This bill is being considered by the Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Rep. Reed talks about the joys of hunting. Talk is cheap.  His voting record  tells the real story. Reed had a chance to vote  13 bills that makes  oil or gas drilling easier. He was absent for one vote, and voted to approve the other 12 bills. He had the opportunity to vote on Wildlife Issues 17 time. He voted for the pro-conservation opinion three times, and against it the other 14 times.

Those facts, coupled with the amount of donations from the Oil/Gas Industries, should make the voters wonder if Rep. Reed will protect outdoor recreation. I have my doubts.


* The issues the League of Conservation Voters monitor are: The Clean Air Act, Clean Energy, Clean Water, Global Warming, Holding Big Oil Accountable, Open Spaces, Toxic Chemicals, Transportation and Wildlife.

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Tom Reed supports Export-Import Bank for #NY23

ex-imAccording to news reports, Tom Reed will back reauthorization of the Export-Import bank.

All six House Republicans in the New York congressional delegation, however, back reauthorization, along with all delegation Democrats.

Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning said the bank “gives U.S. manufacturing companies the tools they need to make it here and sell it there and keep those jobs here in the U.S.”

“To unilaterally kill the Export-Import Bank would be a huge hit to the competitiveness of American companies,” Reed said.

This view puts Reed at odds with more conservative House Republicans. The article cited notes:

Conservative House Republicans who are blocking a vote on reauthorization — led by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas — say taxpayers shouldn’t be underwriting risky deals that commercial banks won’t. They argue that the Ex-Im Bank is rife with “crony capitalism,” and the free market will operate more efficiently if its charter expires.

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Tom Reed pretending to work while taking his constituents to the cleaners.

The interests of NY-23 businesses trump conservative principles for Tom in this case evidently. If GOP misleaders refuse to allow a vote, Tom will be spared the embarrassment of having to cast a vote.


© William Hungerford – August 2014


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Tom Reed’s Tax Proposal Disected

Social Security ChainTom Reed never says what programs he would shortchange or whose share of taxes might be cut.

In an Op. Ed., slated to appear in print on Sunday, Aug. 17 in the Elmira Star-Gazette, Tom Reed tells us this:

  1. Each year, families and small business find themselves collectively spending more than 6 billion hours and $160 billion to file their taxes.
  2. Simply put, the existing tax code is unfair to families — it lets Washington pick winners and losers at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.
  3. We have a 70,000-page problem in the tax code.
  4. Our tax laws have not been seriously reformed since 1986.
  5. Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that closes loopholes and puts everyone on a level played field because real tax reform means more and better jobs for Americans.
  6. We need a tax code that will encourage the economy of tomorrow by supporting growth in our communities today.
  7. My work on the Ways and Means Committee provides an opportunity to ensure the voices of the families in our area are heard.
  8. This is important because special interests like those that support my opponent promote misinformation about tax reform for the sake of winning elections.
  9. The reality is that the tax reforms proposed by the Ways and Means Committee would save families in the 23rd District an average of $600 annually — that’s money that stays in your pockets.
  10. I believe that you can better decide how to spend your money and care for your financial health than someone in Washington can.
  11. Our problem is not that people do not pay enough in taxes; it is that Washington spends too much.
  12. Our taxes come from hard work — and while tax reform is central to this debate, the conversation must be had within the context of Washington’s spending problems and the negative effect that current tax laws have on creating new opportunities for all.
  13. We must work together to make responsible decisions on government spending.
  14. Each taxpayer dollar spent must be carefully examined to make sure it is being used in the most effective way possible…
  15. I care about the families in the 23rd District…
  16. I believe a simplified, common-sense tax code will benefit every American.
  17. We need to take advantage of this opportunity to lower tax rates, fight the tax increases supported by my opponent and her liberal allies and work for a simpler, fairer code that protects taxpayers and encourages job creation.

Hands off Social SecurityI leave it to the reader to decide which of the above points are reasonable, logical, and relevant. One repeated theme is that government spends too much and that taxes are too high. However, Tom Reed never says what programs he would shortchange or whose share of  taxes might be cut.

Tom Reed never says what programs he would shortchange or whose share of taxes might be cut.

© William Hungerford – August 2014


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Robertson Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Martha Robertson, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd, was endorsed yesterday by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the leading advocacy organization for the two programs.

Appearing with Robertson at St. Mark’s Terrace, a senior living facility in Penn Yan, Phillip Rotondi, the committee’s political director, said that Martha had demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the two programs and would fight to protect them in Washington. On the other hand, Tom Reed, our current representative, had voted for cuts in benefits and to turn both programs over to private insurance companies. Reed also voted to prolong the 2013 government shutdown.  Had the shutdown lasted, seniors depending on Social Security and Medicare would have suffered greatly.

Martha and RotondiRotondi noted that the Social Security program was observing its 79th birthday that very day and had paid its promised benefits to seniors in full over all those years. The Social  Security Trust Fund is now at a level that will allow benefits to be paid in full at least until 2035, and possibly until 2044.  Consequently, proposals to cut benefits or fundamentally alter the program are nonsensical. Meanwhile, thanks to changes under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare solvency has been assured at least until 2030.

In New York’s 23rd, Rotondi said, there are 159,000 Social Security beneficiaries. Of these, just 64 per cent are retired seniors. Twenty-eight thousand are disabled workers; 17,000 are widows or widowers; and 12,000 are children being helped because one or both parents are disabled, deceased, or retired. Social Security plays a vital role in the local economy, which would be seriously damaged if the program were cut.

As he finished his remarks, Rotondi presented Martha with a pair of bright red boxing gloves to help her protect Social Security and Medicare when she gets to Congress.

In her own remarks, Robertson made note of her work in the Tompkins County legislature spearheading the introduction of TompkinsRx. The program, which has shaved an average of $60 from the cost of prescriptions for the uninsured and the under-insured, represents the kind of common sense reform she would work for in Congress.  Robertson vowed to make good use of the boxing gloves when she gets to Capitol Hill.

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Robertson’s 1st Ad’s Script, Visuals, and Citations

The following is a list of the Voiceovers (Script), Visuals (description of what is seen) and Backups (background and sources supporting ad’s claims) of Martha Robertson’s first televised political ad. This information was received from the Robertson campaign via email.

The ad has already been criticized by an ultra-conservative blog, saying that it uses an unflattering picture of Rep. Reed, but did not question its content. The ad repeats, and justifies, the claim that Rep. Reed has assets more than $1 million, which has been denied by Reed supporters (and reported by New NY23rd.)


1. VOICE OVER: Tom Reed has gone to bat for everyone, but us.


2. VOICE OVER: Reed created tax loopholes for big corporations and special interest campaign donors.


BACKUP: Voted for House Republican Budget for FY 2014. In 2013, Reed voted for the Republican budget for fiscal year 2014. [H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13]

Ryan Budget Would Establish Territorial Tax System, Shipping Jobs Overseas. According to the House Republican Budget Committee, the Ryan budget would establish a “‘territorial’ tax system that doesn’t tax income earned abroad twice.” [House Republican Budget Committee, accessed 4/02/13]

An analysis of the territorial tax system by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that this reform would ship jobs overseas.  Specifically, CBPP found that: The proposal to move the U.S. system to a territorial one would create several major problems:

First, a territorial system would create greater incentives for U.S.-based multinationals to invest and book profits overseas rather than at home.

Second, by encouraging capital to flow overseas, a territorial system would risk reducing wages at home.

Third, a territorial tax system would risk higher budget deficits by draining revenues from the corporate income tax.

Fourth, a territorial system would risk higher taxes on smaller businesses and domestic businesses. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 1/31/13]

3. VOICE OVER: Then voted to raise the Social Security retirement age on us.


SRC: H Con Res 112, Vote #145, 3/28/12

BACKUP: Supported Budget Based on Simpson-Bowles Compromise. In March 2012, Reed voted for a budget alternative based on the Simpson-Bowles commission, which would allow cuts to Social Security. The budget failed. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2/17/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #145, 3/28/12]

Increased Retirement Age Amounts to “Across the Board Cut in Benefits”. The Simpson-Bowles commission proposed increasing the retirement age, which would amount to “across the board cut in benefits for all retirees regardless of the age at which they file.”

Under the plan, a one year increase in the full retirement age is equivalent to a roughly seven percent in monthly benefits for all retirees who are affected.

By 2070, the full retirement age would be 69 and the earliest age of eligibility would be 64. For someone reaching 62 in that year whose full retirement age would otherwise be 67 under current law, that translates into a benefit reduction of about 14 percent. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2/17/11]

4. VOICE OVER: Reed also voted to raise middle class taxes on us by two thousand dollars.

 SRC: H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14

BACKUP: Voted for the Republican Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. In April 2014, Reed voted for the Republican budget for fiscal year 2015. [H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]

White House: Republican Budget Would Raise Taxes on the Middle Class by $2,000. “House Republicans this week are voting on a budget that protects tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle-class families to get ahead. It is the same old top-down approach and would raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of at least $2,000 in order to cut taxes for households with incomes over $1 million.” [White House, 4/09/14].

5. VOICE OVER: …while giving tax breaks to millionaires like himself.


BACKUP: Voted for the Republican Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. In April 2014, Reed voted for the Republican budget for fiscal year 2015. [H Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]

White House: Republican Budget Would Give Millionaires an $87,000 Tax Cut. In April 2014, the White House reported that the Republican budget would give millionaires at least an $87,000 tax cut. [White House, 4/10/14]

Reed’s Total Assets Are Valued at Up to $1,245,800, Making Him a Millionaire According the Personal Financial Disclosure Forms that Reed is required to file as a member of Congress, he had assets worth up to $695,000 in the most recent reporting year – 2013. In addition, there are two properties held in his personal name (and not reported as assets) worth $550,800. The properties are 221 Washington St, Corning, NY, 14830 and 13404 A W Lake Rd in Pulteney, NY. [Reed Personal Financial Disclosure, 2013; Steuben County Real Property Search]

6. VOICE OVER: In Congress, Martha Robertson will make millionaires pay their fair share to ease the burden on the rest of us.


7. VOICE OVER: In Congress, Martha Robertson will make millionaires pay their fair share to ease the burden on the rest of us.


DISCLAIMER: V/O: I’m Martha Robertson and I approve this message.




BACKUP: Supported Budget Based on Simpson-Bowles Compromise. In March 2012, Reed voted for a budget alternative based on the Simpson-Bowles commission, which would allow cuts to Social Security. The budget failed. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2/17/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #145, 3/28/12]




















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Tom Reed’s supporters



We know somethings about the Koch Brothers, Realtors, and others who are Tom’s largest funders and most significant supporters, but here’s another special interest: National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB.

  • NFIB tweeted today, August 14, 2014: we’re also proud to support Tom Reed for re-election in NY-23. Today he was endorsed by NFIB’s SafeTrust.
  • Reed replied: Extremely grateful to receive the NFIBAction endorsement this afternoon in NY-23–Small business is the key 2 economic recovery!

So what does NFIB Advocate?

  • NFIB fights job-killing Federal minimum wage hike.
  • Supports a bill that would provide small business immediate relief from Obamacare. (Save American Workers Act, H.R.2575, roll156–Tom Reed voted AYE)
  • Says EPA clean water rule threatens small business.
  • Supports “States’ Right to promote American Energy Security Act” (H.R.2728, roll 604–Tom Reed voted AYE) (Surprisingly, this bill would affirm NY State’s right to regulate fracking, although that wasn’t the point which was to thwart Federal regulations)

In addition, NFIB claims small business backs Reed in NY-23. So how much have they given Tom? At least $6500 according to “influence explorer.”  Not even in the top 100, but still a significant amount. Is NFIB even a legitimate voice for small business? Maybe not according to the HuffPost article by Dan Froomkin referenced below. (Thanks to Deb Meeker for this.)

© William Hungerford – August 2014

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll156.xml http://www.opencongress.org/vote/2013/h/604 http://data.influenceexplorer.com/contributions http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/nfib-exposed_n_1917262.html

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