Realtors support Tom Reed

forsaleA postcard from the National Association of Realtors® explains that Tom Reed, who lives in the house he was raised in, is protecting the American Dream for middle class families. Pictures of a happy, middle class family and a well-maintained home illustrate the message. One reads:


  • Tom Reed believes in the power of America’s hometowns and their role in America’s past, present, and future.
  • Tom Reed is looking out for America’s middle class families and helping those who are struggling through tough economic times.

The card doesn’t mention that Tom opposed extending UI, proposes to cut SS benefits, and voted to reduce SNAP funding.  It does explain that Tom is working to:

  • Protect NY homeowners by “working to make sure families who have to sell their homes aren’t paying taxes on income they never see.”
  • Tom will never stop fighting to protect the state and local property tax deduction …
  • Tom has supported responsible and thoughtful cuts to the Federal budget…

Tom may have promised the realtors that he will protect the property tax deduction, but he hasn’t explained that to his constituents yet. The cuts that Tom supported are more draconian than “responsible and thoughtful.”  Better that Tom were working to help people keep their homes.

© William Hungerford – October 2014





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7 Responses to Realtors support Tom Reed

  1. whungerford says:

    According to NAR, Tom Reed (R-NY) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2994 to extend the (mortgage relief) provision for one year. The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated a one-year extension of the provision would cost the Treasury $3.7 billion over ten years. H.R.2994 has been stuck in the Ways and Means Committee since August, 2013.


  2. pystew says:

    An October 16 Star Gazette titled “Realtors put up cash backing Reed against Robertson” which is bit misleading because it talks about “independent Expenditures” from other industries not just the realtors. It states “Reed is being helped by $621,349 in independent expenditures by the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund for direct mail, polling, TV ads and online advertising supporting his candidacy.” They are investing a lot ($143,000) on our congressman, and Tom will not disappoint them IF he is re-elected.


  3. whungerford says:

    NAR says it values clout; they continue to invest in Reed to preserve their voice on the Ways and Means committee. It is unclear why voters would want to be represented by a person beholden to realty interests.


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    now you are going to say realtors aren’t people 🙂


  5. whungerford says:

    A second, similar postcard came here today. Comparing the two I see on the first a door chain with a picture of a smiling, blonde family of four–man, woman and two girls with the females grouped together. The chain suggests a threat–the politics of fear. The second postcard omits the door chain and the family picture.

    The text on the two is similar. On the first card above the chain Tom is said to be “securing the American dream.” On the second card, we read that Tom is working to protect the American dream. If the first card is aimed at white, middle class families, perhaps the second is aimed at minorities; a line of text on the second card reads “taking the steps to help middle class families climb higher …

    Two cards from NAR in two days suggests a concern that their investment in Tom Reed might go bad.


  6. Anne says:

    Wait until they see what fracking is going to do to their industry here, should it come to New York.


  7. whungerford says:

    Note that NAR spent $31k for polling; they must have a good idea that the race is tight.


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