Tom Reed makes poor use of facebook

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Tom Reed recently posed as a facebook expert. In truth, he makes poor use of facebook. He has 700,000 constituents but only 4,400 likes on his official page. Here is information about some other Representatives:

Representative Likes
Justin Amash (R-MI) 111,000
Jose Serrano (D-NY) 17,000
Hank Johnson (D-GA) 13,000
Michael Capuano (D-MA) 7,000
Brian Higgins (R-NY) 7,000
Tom Reed (R-NY) 4,400

Tom Reed’s campaign page claims 43,000 likes. It seems unlikely that Tom’s campaign page would have ten times more likes than his official page. It is possible to inflate the number of facebook likes; one wonders if Tom’s campaign staff did that.

 

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Is Tom Reed from here?

catoWith 46 million Americans currently living in poverty, our safety net programs need to be reformed to better empower low-income Americans to find work and provide for themselves and their families. –Tom Reed

Tom Reed’s reelection campaigns have attempted to portray Tom as “from here,” a “good old boy,” one of us. Tom was born in Illinois, but no matter. Is he one of us or not?

  • He favors tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us.
  • His views on guns are more extreme than most New Yorkers.
  • While he frequently claims he cares, his record shows no sympathy for his constituents.
  • He considers Social Security and Medicare “unsustainable” unless benefits are cut.
  • As a bill collector, Tom made his living dunning people for unpaid hospital bills.
  • Most of his funding originates out of state.
  • He is embarrassed to release his tax returns.
  • He is opposed to affordable health care, beholden to health industry interests.
  • He puts private property before the public interest.
  • He supports fracking, except near his vacation home.
  • He voted to shut down our national government which offended many of his constituents.
  • He is less than honest, usually telling only one side of the story.
  • He is a Republican, a minority in New York State.
  • He supports Trump for President; even though Trump has no record of public service and holds views that ought to be abhorrent to us.

Most New Yorkers are open and honest with real sympathy for others. My conclusion: Tom Reed’s views and performance in office make him an outsider, not one of us. That may be why he spends so much time and money trying to convince us that he is a “good old boy,” “from here.”

 

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UPDATED: Leslie Danks Burke Announces Fund Raising Information

LeslieDanksBurkeLeslie Danks Burke, New York State Senate Democratic Candidate for the 58th District (Chemung, Schulyer, Steuben, Yates and part of Tompkins Counties), has announced that she has raised $213,929 in this filing period, making her total $385,894.

She also announced:

  • She had over 1,100 separate donors
  • 85% of her donors came from within the 58th District
  • 94% of her funds were from individuals, the rest came from corporations or PACs

You can follow her on her Leslie For Senate website  or on her Facebook page 

Her opponent, incumbent Thomas O’Mara, has not released his fund raising data but according to Ballotpedia Sen. O’Mara’s fund raising history:

  • In 2014, when he ran unopposed, he raised $219,500
  • In 2012 he also ran unopposed and raised $217,925
  • In 2010 then State Senator George Winner unexpectedly decline to run for re-election, O’mara raised $284,241 for his primary and general election contests

One would have to wonder how much money Sen. O’Mara has left over from his unopposed elections that he can use in 2016.

You can find information about Sen. O’mara from his official government website, and his official Facebook page.

UPDATE: The Ithaca Voice just reported that O’Mara has raised $244,670 so far for this year’s election. It also has links to Danks Burke’s and O’Mara’s contributors. 

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Leslie Danks Burke Announces Fund Raising information

LeslieDanksBurkeLeslie Danks Burke, New York State Senate Democratic Candidate for the 58th District (Chemung, Schulyer, Steuben, Yates and part of Tompkins Counties), has announced that she has raised $213,929 in this filing period, making her total $385,894.

She also announced:

  • She had over 1,100 separate donors
  • 85% of her donors came from within the 58th District
  • 94% of her funds were from individuals, the rest came from corporations or PACs

You can follow her on her Leslie For Senate website  or on her Facebook page 

Her opponent, incumbent Thomas O’Mara, has not released his fund raising data but according to Ballotpedia Sen. O’Mara’s fund raising history:

  • In 2014, when he ran unopposed, he raised $219,500
  • In 2012 he also ran unopposed and raised $217,925
  • In 2010 then State Senator George Winner unexpectedly decline to run for re-election, O’mara raised $284,241 for his primary and general election contests

One would have to wonder how much money Sen. O’Mara has left over from his unopposed elections that he can use in 2016.

You can find information about Sen. O’mara from his official government website, and his official Facebook page.

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Reed’s facebook censorship

problems-3On July 21, a constituent complained about Reed’s censoring of constituents’ views on his public facebook page.

Reed responded:

House ethics require us to remove posts and comments that are campaign related. These are generally hidden by default, based on the filters that we have set. If you would like to discuss this further, please call our office at 202-225-3161.

The claim that comments are censored impartially by “software filters” is dubious. This, I think, would be rather difficult to do, particularly in light of the evident bias against views that Reed likely finds repugnant. I believe the censoring is done manually. There is plenty of evidence that unfriendly views are singled out.

Even if the censorship is implemented with software filters, it isn’t necessarily fair. As Reed has created the filters, he clearly can and does favor material he approves over material he dislikes.

The claim that only campaign related comments are deleted won’t stand scrutiny. Again and again comments that mention no candidate and have no apparent connection to any political campaign evaporate. Comments that do have a connection to Reed’s campaign, but are uncritical, are often allowed. For example, comments critical of Obamacare, a campaign issue, seemingly are welcome.

One can easily test Reed’s statement–just post an otherwise innocuous comment critical of Tom Reed and see how long it lasts.

On July 22, Tom posted this:

It was our pleasure to be hosted by Mayor Lovely Warren, of the City of Rochester, NY – Mayor’s Office. We spent the day learning more about those who are struggling in our cities and how we can fight poverty by joining together to develop solutions across the aisle. A very special thanks to our new friends at the Freedom School on North Goodman Street for the warmest welcome and for being great hosts. To learn more about our plan to fight poverty, visit Better.Gop.

There were several comment; all have vanished. It took 20 hours, which strongly suggests manual intervention rather than software.

Reed has no apparent reason to be nervous, yet only a desperate officeholder would be suppress the views of constituents. While Reed claims to respect the Constitution, he evidently does not think the First Amendment applies to his supposedly public facebook page.

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Plumb Comments on Reed, RNC & DC’s Broken System

The following is a press release from the John Plumb for Congress campaign.

Reed has supported a $2,000 tax increase that would crush middle class families to pay for tax cuts for millionaires

Jamestown, N.Y. – Congressman Tom Reed’s attendance at the Republican National Convention is the latest sign that he is more focused on serving the special interests in Washington than representing families in the Southern Tier and Western New York.

Plumb4Congress_1Commander John Plumb, a fourth generation western New Yorker, U.S. Naval officer, and candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, stated:

“I was raised here in Western New York with strong values and was taught to put country, community, and service before self. That’s what I’ve done for twenty-two years as a U.S. Naval Officer, and it’s what we should expect from our leaders.

“Sadly, Congressman Tom Reed spends his time in Washington helping to create a rigged system that allows politicians like himself, millionaires, and special interests play by a different set of rules – all at the expense of families here in Western New York and the Southern Tier. As one example, he’s voted to crush working families with a $2,000 income tax increase all so millionaires could get special tax breaks.

“So it comes as no surprise that Congressman Reed has chosen to spend the week in Cleveland rubbing elbows with the special interests he does so much for instead of answering to the families here at home that he’s left behind.

“I’m proud to say that I’ll be spending the week of the DNC here at home, prioritizing the need to protect the jobs we have and create new ones throughout the region. We deserve leaders who are going to put middle class families in the Southern Tier and Western New York first – not someone who is going to rig the system against them.”

Background:

Tom Reed has voted in favor of millionaires and billionaires at the expense of working families. In 2014, he voted for the extreme budget which, as the New York Times wrote, “lowers the top tax rate to 25 percent for the wealthiest taxpayers, down from the current 39.6 percent, while raising taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000.”

John Plumb is a member of the United States Navy Reserve. Use of military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.
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Upstate Infrastructure Improvement

Corning Leader article posted on July 18 reported  Rep. Tom Reed’s opinion on the Republican National Convention, which he is attending. Basically he remain optimistic  that the party would unite and face the important issues facing America today. He also echoed the Party’s Law and Order talking points on the most recent Baton Rouge tragedy and talked about other issues.

What caught my eyes was his comments on “many road infrastructure projects taking place throughout the Southern Tier as a result of a $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress in 2015.” Reed said, “I don’t think people realize that a lot of this construction activity that we see is a result of the long-term highway bill that we passed last year.”

The bill he was praising reauthorizes the collection of 18.4 cents per gallon gas tax plus $70 billion “pay-fors” because the 18.4 cents per gallon will create only $34 billion annually. The other $16 billion per year will come from increases in customs and passport fees, and tapping dividend from the Federal Reserve Bank. The bill would also loosen the requirements to use union workers in the collection of taxes.

This bill will “sunset” in five years. This is the first time since 2005 that congress has Route219extended this reauthorization for more than two years. The President’s original proposal was for six years and $478 billion, but it was reduced to by one year and $173 billion.  Before signing the bill, President Obama said, “This bill is not perfect, but it is a commonsense compromise, and an important first step in the right direction.” (The Hill 12/04/15)

There was no Roll Call for votes taken, which leads me to believe that it passed both chambers by a voice vote. That way we do not know how our congressman voted or his feelings on the bill that he now seems to be taking credit for. A February 16, 2016 Press Release, Rep. Reed said that he is urging “Gov. Andrew Cuomo to seek the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (F.A.S.T.) Act funding to get Route 219 construction started.”

I don’t think Governor Cuomo really needed the urging of Rep. Reed to help Upstate Infrastructure.

 

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