Does Rep. Reed Really Represents Us? Open Secrets.

In an earlier article I asked if “Rep. Reed Really Represents Us” by highlighting a sample of his votes on Family, Veterans, Economics, and the Safety Net issues.

When trying to figure out if elected officials really represent their constituents, the “Citizens United v FEC” Supreme Court decision may have place more importances on the funding of a political campaign than how the representatives actually vote.  Campaign donations are reported to the Federal Election Commission quarterly. This quarter ends tonight, Monday, March 31 at midnight.  It will take a few weeks for the reports to be created, and handed to the FEC. It will then take a couple of days for those reports to be on the their website.

Those receiving the donations like to down play how much they influence their votes.  During his Town Hall Meeting in Drydan, New York, on February 2, 2013, Rep. Reed tried to brush off a constituent’s question about campaign donations. They were talking about hydrofracking when Reed was asked, “Where did your $126,000 from gas companies come from? Which lobbyists? Which companies besides Chesapeake and the other lobbyists? Rep. Reed’s response: “No idea. No idea. We don’t keep track of that. I don’t keep track of that.”  He then went on to a different issue. The fact that he legally has to keep track of “that” on the quarterly reports.

Don’t worry—The Center for Responsive Politics does keep track of “that”, and other campaign data. If you have some extra time you may want to explore their “Open Secrets” website. There is a lot of information there. For example you can review which industries  have contributed to his present campaign, and how much they gave. The Top 5 Industrial Contributors to Rep. Reed’s Campaign have been : “(Republican) Leadership PACs ($101,000), Insurance Industry ($87,250), Security & Investment Industry ($73,875), Oil & Gas Industry ($72, 920) and the Beer, Wine & Liquor Industry ($65,571). It lists 15 more industries, ending with General Contractors ($19,750). You an also see the data for each of his other two campaigns, and his career totals.

To be fair, you would be able to see Martha Robertson campaign data. Her top ‘Industrial donors were: “Retire ($76,490), Education ($56,500), (Democratic) Leadership PACs ($24,516), Lawyers/Law Firm ($22,250) and Women’s Issues ($20,800). She also has 15 more industries listed, ending with the Transportation Unions ($2,250).

Open Secrets also follows where the money comes from geographically—where it was from inside the NY 23rd congressional district, or out side, from within NYS or outside of NYS, and even by zip codes.

Rep. Reed, as of December 31, 2013, has received 61% of his funding from inside New York State, where Martha Robertson has received 94% of her funding from New Yorkers. Rep. Reed has received only 27% of his contributions from inside the NY 23rd Congressional District, Martha Robertson has received 79% of her funding from our district.

You can draw your own conclusions. I need to point out that the campaign fund raising is going full blast for both campaigns, and these figures will change. The first quarter contributions will end tonight (March 31, 2014), and, as noted above, the reports will not be publicized until mid-April.

The next article in this series will detail how the Oil/Gas Industries have affected Rep. Reed’s campaign.


About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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9 Responses to Does Rep. Reed Really Represents Us? Open Secrets.

  1. whungerford says:

    Tom’s out-of-state funders have little return on their investment–Tom seldom changes his mind and votes unexpectedly for or against anything. Perhaps they are paying him to obstruct, but he would have done that anyway..


  2. BOB McGILL says:

    So, inyour mind why would out of staters give to a nobody like Martha ?


  3. solodm says:

    The Beer, Wine & Liquor Industries donations to Reed are rather a shock, unless he has really convinced the New York wineries, if they support him, he won’t push to frack the lands around them. Certainly if the New York wine and beer industries knew Robertson, they would know they would have an ally in protecting the natural resources they wish to keep pure.


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    Tom has nothing to do with fracking in New York State, but he may have something to do with helping EXPORT NY wine. Besides we wouldn’t have such a big wine industry without STATE and FEDERAL SUBSIDIZATION. OH, I forgot, you don’t like it when the government subsidizes industry.


  5. BOB McGILL says:…/USDA-slashes-care-subsidies‎CachedSimilar
    Jun 20, 2013 … … also touted a program to subsidize the Wine Barn LLC in “marketing …
    $100,000 for the Appleton Creek Winery in New York, $162,500 for …


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    On Wednesday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs penned a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack pointing out waste and abuse within the department that could be cut in order to pay for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance that the department slashed for 600,000 women and children


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    mAYBE JUSTMAYBE, not all wineries are against fracking ! Some may need the extra cash ! 🙂 Besides I think there are a lot of wineries on Long Island,Hudson Valley and around Lake Erie. Check out the number of gas wells around Lake Erie.
    This is America’s Grape Country with over 30,000 vineyard acres from Silver Creek, NY to Harborcreek, PA. Concords have thrived in this Lake Erie microclimate for over a century along with Catawba and Niagara grapes. Grape growers in Chautauqua County produce approximately 65% of New York State’s total annual grape harvest including French-American hybrids like Vidal, Seyval, and Chancellor, and European vinifera varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Chautauqua’s vintners produce a range of award winning sweet to dry wines, including popular Ice Wine, brandies and sparkling wines. Visit more than 23 wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country (formerly the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail) to choose your favorite varieties.‎CachedSimilar
    to record natural gas production approaching 40 billion cubic feet of gas in. 1938
    (see … Chautauqua County is the State’s leading natural gas county while
    Cattaraugus. County leads in oil … storage in these reservoirs (NYSDEC, DMN,


  8. BOB McGILL says:

    growers in Chautauqua County produce approximately 65% of New York State’s total annual grape harvest
    Chautauqua County is the State’s leading natural gas county

    just in case you don’t want to read all that stuff 🙂


  9. BOB McGILL says:‎CachedSimilar
    Natural gas seeps in Ontario County, New York were first reported in 1669 by …
    most mature oil and gas producing areas in the world. Building upon the long …


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