Research & Resources

2018 Election Analysis

Your NY 23rd Political Action Committee remains committed to providing our region with responsible and responsive representation in Congress.  As a part of that mission, we have undertaken an analysis of the 2018 congressional election in New York’s 23rd District and prepared a report of our findings.  We hope the trends we have identified will prove useful to those seeking to better understand our region and its voters.

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Posted: 1/10/2019

Reed Stays Mum on Undercutting Senior’s Dignity

The 165,000 Social Security receiving seniors of the 23rd Congressional District deserve to know if their Congressman plans to undercut their dignity by drastically cutting their earned benefits. The current Republican budget proposes an estimated $4 billion in cuts to Social Security and other federal programs. Reed is maintaining his non-committal position on whether or not he supports the budget proposals and Social Security cuts. Making his position clear would seem to be a no-brainer for a man who himself was raised, in part, on Social Security benefits. But it is perhaps less surprising now that Reed has become a DC freeloader more interested in keeping his head down and getting re-elected than rolling up his sleeves and working on a fix.

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Posted: 9/5/2018

Tom Reed: PAC Funded, Out-of-State Donor Approved

Tom Reed knows what side his bread is buttered on. Of the donations he accepted in 2017 (totaling twice the House average), PAC donations accounted for greater than 55%. Incredibly, 99.97% of those PAC funds came from outside the 23rd Congressional District. Meanwhile, less than 2.5% of Reed’s funds came from small individual donors. More than 81% of his individual donation funds came from outside the 23rd, and more than 47% came from out-of-state.

These are not the fundraising totals of a man who works for the people of his district. If they were, he would have greater participation from small local donors and less investment from large out-of-state donors and PACs. These are the fundraising totals of a career sellout willing to betray his constituents on behalf of PACs and wealthy donors from outside his district.

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Posted: 4/29/2018

Solving the Problem of Re-Election

The House Problem Solvers Caucus exists to solve the problem of getting its members re-elected.  Its poor legislative record, lack of transparency, and use as an argumentative foil and bipartisanship talking point attest to that fact.  With a track record like that, it is no surprise that Tom Reed holds a leadership position as the Caucus’ Co-Chair.

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Posted: 8/28/2018

Tariff Impacts on NY’s 23rd Congressional District

You deserve a congressman who will fight tooth-and-nail against a trade policy that threatens to hurt the 23rd’s small businesses, cancel out the benefits of the recent tax cuts, reduce manufacturing jobs, increase prices for consumers, and directly harm two of your district’s major agricultural industries.  NY’s 23rd Congressional District is likely to experience all of those negative impacts as a result of Chinese retaliation for the Trump administration’s tariffs.

And while he could be fighting for the people and businesses of his District, Tom Reed is focused on taking credit for knowing that the harm was likely to happen.

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Posted: 4/10/2018

Tax bill increases the debt, overwhelmingly benefits the rich, and does little to help NY’s 23rd

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is projected to increase debt as a share of GDP over 5 percentage points to 97 percent of GDP in 2027, and almost 4 percentage points, to 117 percent of GDP, in 2037. The richest fifth of Americans receive 71 percent of the benefits of the law in 2018, and 65 percent of the benefits from an extension in 2026.

Thirty-six percent of the households in NY’s 23rd make less than $35,000 per year and more than 16 percent of residents live under the federal poverty line. Residents of NY’s 23rd Congressional District will experience few of the benefits of the tax legislation.

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Posted: 5/7/2018

Private Sector Job Decline in 2017

Seven of the 11 counties in NY’s 23rd Congressional District lost private sector jobs in the year ending December 2017.  This, despite the fact that Tom Reed has stated: “A strong manufacturing base is critical to economic growth”, and that: “We must fight for good-paying, high-quality jobs across our region.”

This raises the question: “Is Tom Reed merely ineffective, or should his constituents be second guessing his loyalty as their representative?”  Either way, families in NY’s 23rd deserve a more effective champion in Congress, one who can help turn around this economic decline.

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Posted: 4/2/2018

Reed’s Ratings from Lobbying Groups

Tom Reed generally gets high marks from big-money conservative lobbying groups, and low marks from organizations looking out for working families, retirees, and the environment.

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Posted: 4/10/2018

Reed Q1-Q3 2017 Political Donations

The reality is that politicians serve those who pay their election tabs. So far in 2017, Tom Reed has received almost 55% of his funding from PACs and less than 3% of his funding from individuals donating of $200 or less. Reed likes to paint himself as a champion of the people, but knows well that “you gotta dance with the one that brung ya.” His loyalties aren’t with the people of the 23rd, they’re with the deep pocketed corporations and the wealthy donors who pay his election bills.

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Posted: 12/21/2017

2017 Reed Sponsored Bills

None of the 16 bills Tom Reed sponsored in 2017 became law. In fact, none of them even made it out of committee or reached the “consideration and markup” phase in committee. He is ineffective, and you deserve more for the $174,000.00 per year he gets paid. Despite what he claims, Tom Reed’s track record is not one of bipartisan efforts and working for the people of your District; it’s the track record of a freeloader.

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Posted: 2/10/2018

2017 Reed Cosponsored Bills

Tom Reed is an ineffective legislator who, despite being a member of the influential Ways and Means Committee, holds little sway on the passage of legislation. Reed co-sponsored 118 pieces of legislation in 2017, and only 4 passed or became law. That is less than a 4% success rate. District residents deserve more effective representation in Congress.

Where Tom Reed’s co-sponsorship is effective, his efforts are largely meaningless. Of the 4 pieces of legislation that passed with Reed’s 2017 co-sponsorship, 3 involved commemorative actions or internal House affairs. They have little or no substantive impact on the daily lives and bottom line for families across this region. Residents of NY’s 23rd deserve a congressman who does more than authorize commemorative coins and mandate staff trainings.

Your NY 23rd deserves an effective congressman, not Tom Reed the Commemorative Congressman.

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Posted: 3/10/2018

Demographic and Economic Detail for the New York 23rd Congressional District

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Posted: 2/6/2018

Your NY 23rd County Summaries

Below are resources for each of the counties that make up the 23rd District. Each county profile includes data on the demographics, education, employment, social services, health, and more in each county. This information is meant to provide voters in the 23rd District with the necessary information and data to effectively counter the misstatements and misrepresentations so prevalent in today’s political discourse. We hope that voters will find it useful in their own conversations, at town hall meetings and campaign events, or in drafting letters to the editor for local newspapers.










Posted: 11/25/2017