People Vote! (Corporations Don’t!)

The fact that Tom Reed  out-funded Martha Robertson was expected. The power of incumbency is undisputed: He had the political contacts of the 2010 and 2012 campaigns, and a history of supporting, and being supported by, the Gas/Oil, Insurance, Securities & Investment, and Real Estate Industries just to name a few. As of September 30, he has received $1,785,687 from Political Action Committees (PACs). That is 56% of his total campaign donations.

Martha Robertson received less than 1/5 of that amount from PACs —$$313,895 which made up 15% of her total funding. Her top financial sources were the retired, teachers, women’s issues organizations, and Pro-Israel groups.

Contributions from individuals are a different story—Martha out raise Tom with Individual’s contributions to their campaigns, $1.6 million to $1.2 million.   She had 2.5 times as many contributors as Tom. The average contribution for Martha per person was $502; for Tom it was $1062.

The figure that may be the most important: The people of the NY23rd contributed $503,740 to Martha, and $199,902 for Tom. She received more than 2.5 times what he received from the people he represents. That fact says a lot.

Yes, Reed has received more money. His cash on hand is about Martha’s  ($919K to 498K).  That will buy him a lot of Television Commercials, but this race is winnable for Martha. She has the grass-roots support and is on the people’s side of the issues. The key is getting the voters out on November 4. We can’t depend on Governor Cuomo to bring out the voters; we have to get them to come out for Martha.

The New NY 23rd has collect the following records of Rep. Reed’s Voting Record. A way we could combat the expected onslaught of Reed’s television ads, is by copying and pasting one (or more) of these short articles in an email and send it vote-loidagarciafebo-wordpresscomto contacts to remind them of Reed’s record. If the voters have not decided by know who they want to vote for, or even if they will vote, your email might jolt them a bit. If we do this early enough, they may send it on to others.

Rep. Reed’s Voting Record on American Association of University Women (AAUW) issues. 

Rep. Reed’s ZERO rating on Women’s Health Issues (Planned Parenthood) 

Rep. Reed’s Voting Record  on Retires & Senior Citizens issues. 

Citizen’s Action of NY’s Comparison of Tom Reed’s and Martha Robertson’s Views 

Citizens for Honest Representation Comparison of Martha Robert’s & Tom Reed’s Views. 


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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14 Responses to People Vote! (Corporations Don’t!)

  1. whungerford says:

    It is no accident that retired people are among Martha’s strongest supporters–they know what SS and Medicare mean to their well-being and would not deny a secure retirement to their children.


  2. solodm says:

    Reed is not too popular with Libertarians either it seems- at least those called ” Millennials”. he is not free market oriented enough they say, and as far as social policy – a dinosaur. Would those in this voting category vote for Martha? Probably not, but it’s also doubtful Reed’s slick big money propaganda would be enough to sway them from their idealism. They may well stay home.


  3. whungerford says:

    The title, “People Vote! (Corporations Don’t!,)” is provocative. Corporations do “vote” in many ways: direct funding, independent expenditures, supporting state action to restrict the vote. If corporations are “persons” perhaps soon they will vote.


  4. BOB McGILL says:

    and as far as social policy –Tom’s a dinosaur. ? to the millennials no less. You mean the young people that think everything should be free ?


  5. BOB McGILL says:

    name one corporation that is NOT OWNED by people or has no investors that are people. Even pstew’s retirement account is invested in corporations where stock holders vote. 😛


  6. BOB McGILL says:

    every corporation has an obligation to insure that their investors get a return on their investment. When you do damage to a corporation, you are hurting the common everyday people that have put their hard earned money in the trust of that corporation. So keep it up, you are doing more damage to retired people than anyone !


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    pstew should have a TIAA-CREF retirement account, which is invested in stocks, which over his career as a teacher should have made him a few million. That is unless he is as dumb as some and put his money in CDs’


  8. pystew says:

    A return on their investment does not mean that the government needs to give the largest profit making corporations get tax money to go along with the profits.


  9. pystew says:

    I am humbled by the concerns that you have in my finances.


  10. BOB McGILL says:



  11. BOB McGILL says:

    come on pstew, tell us what your retirement account is worth 😉


  12. BOB McGILL says:

    got news for ya pstew, the tax breaks that corporations get will be paid back to the government when you try to spend your retirement money. You can expect to pay about 40% in income tax when you finally get your hands on that money. Hows it feel to have a few million knowing that the government will get almost half of it ? 😛


  13. pystew says:

    You over estimate the number of viewers this blog has, Bob.


  14. BOB McGILL says:

    ” You ” OVER ” estimate the number of viewers this blog has, Bob.” you say.
    really ? I don’t think so, but why change the subject ?


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