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 to 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.