Campaign 2010

Mar 18, 2014

Congressman Tom Reed’s Reelection Platform – What Will We Learn Next?

Congressman Tom Reed announced today he is seeking a third term in Congress and will run for re-election in November. Congressman Reed has already racked up quite the laundry list of scandals since he was elected, it’s hard to identify just one issue voters will have on their minds when they go to the polls on election day.

What We’ve Learned about Congressman Tom Reed Since the Last Election:

  • Paid his taxes late 39 times.
  • Illegally paid his taxes using campaign funds.
  • Slapped with House Ethics and FEC investigations.
  • Voted for the reckless government shutdown, then voted against the bill that re-opened the government and averted a debt ceiling crisis.
  • Improperly used his influence as a member of Congress to prey on his own constituents by suing them in court and intimidating them to collect their medical debt.
  • Potentially violated House Ethics and American Bar Association rules by continuing to sue his own constituents while he was in Congress.

“Since the last time he ran for re-election we’ve learned that Congressman Tom Reed paid his taxes late 39 times, illegally paid his taxes using campaign funds, used his influence as a member of Congress to prey on his own constituents by suing them in court and intimidating them to collect their medical debt, and now he’s facing multiple federal investigations as a result.”  said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Tom Reed has given New Yorkers an awful lot to think about when they go to the polls on election day.  With the election still months away, what will we find out about next?”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Reed Paid Taxes Late 39 Times.  “The law office of Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, was nearly two months late in paying a property tax bill this fall, marking the 39th time that either he or one of his businesses has been tardy on such payments since 2005 […] The Buffalo News reported in August that Reed was late in paying the taxes on his personal and business properties 38 times between 2005 and this year, including 18 times since he was elected to Congress in 2010.” [Buffalo News, 11/19/13]

Congressman Reed “Illegally Used Campaign Money Last Year to Pay Property Taxes.” “Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning illegally used campaign money last year to pay property taxes to Steuben County. The payment, made in April 2012, was for $4,247.83. Reed corrected the error a month later by repaying the amount to his campaign using personal funds.” [Democrat & Chronicle, 8/29/13]

  • Congressman Reed Faced House Ethics and FEC Complaints Surrounding Illegal Use of Campaign Funds.  “Formal complaints were filed with federal officials recently regarding Congressman Tom Reed's illegal use of campaign funds to pay his personal property taxes. Two separate complaints were filed with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics as well as with the Federal Election Commission requesting both entities to investigate Congressman Reed's violations of the federal election law and House ethics rules.” [Observer, 9/18/13]

Congressman Reed Voted to Shut Down the Government, Then Voted Against Reopening It and Averting Default.  In September 2013, Reed voted for four of the House Republican Continuing Resolution plans that essentially guaranteed a government shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.” In October 2013, Reed voted against a bipartisan deal to end the shutdown and avert default. [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #497, 9/29/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #498, 9/29/13; HJ Res. 59, Vote #504, 9/30/13; Washington Post, 9/30/13; HR 2775, Vote #550, 10/16/13; Finger Lakes Daily News, 10/17/13]

Congressman Reed Let Debt Collection Firm Continue to Operate Under His Name, Despite House Ethics and Bar Association Rules Barring the Practice.  “Rep. Tom Reed’s Corning law office continued to operate under his name while he has been serving as a member of Congress, despite House ethics and American Bar Association rules that appear to bar that practice […] And an online search of cases reveals that the law firm using Reed’s name filed 194 cases in Corning City Court in 2011 and nine more in 2012. Most appear to be medical debt collection cases Reed’s firm filed on behalf of Corning Hospital or the Guthrie Clinic.” [Buffalo News, 2/22/14]

  • Congressman Reed Facing Reviews of Business Ties from House Ethics Committee and Office of Congressional Ethics.  “Republican Rep. Tom Reed refused Monday to release correspondence between his attorney and the House Ethics Committee regarding his lengthy effort to wind down his law practice and medical debt collection business after his election to the House […] But Reed said Monday the documents won’t be released while he is still cooperating with reviews by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee and the independently operated Office of Congressional Ethics.” [Star-Gazette, 3/03/14]