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Who Does Tom Petri Represent?

Posted by politicalpartypooper on March 10, 2011

Congressperson Tom Petri (R-WI) sits on the leadership committees for Transportation and Infrastructure.

In 2010, all five of his largest supporters came from groups that would directly benefit from legislation that Petri had influence in.  Those largest industries were as follows:

Top 5 Industries, 2009-2010, Campaign Cmte

Industry Total Indivs PACs
Air Transport $108,450 $250 $108,200
Railroads $47,500 $2,000 $45,500
Transportation Unions $39,500 $0 $39,500
Construction Services $38,500 $0 $38,500
Building Trade Unions $23,000 $0 $23,000

At first glance, it would seem that the Republican distrust of unions is only relevant when unions are not giving them money.  Otherwise, unions are just fine.  Our second glance shows some very disturbing data.  First, of all of Petri’s fund raising efforts ($737,000 for 2010), over 70% of it comes from PACs.  That’s special interests, in case you were wondering.  Who would have a special interest in Petri?  Why, transportation and infrastructure, of course!  The very sector that he helps oversee.

Why would industries within the Transportation and Infrastructure be so “interested” in Petri?  Why would would they shower him with campaign money?  Is it because he’s a good guy?  Is it because they believe in his politics, and want to show their undying support of him?

Hardly.  They bestow these gifts upon him in an effort to influence legislation that he has oversight on.  Of course, Tom Petri would never admit that.  It’s amazing that Petri can hold a straight face while he tells Wisconsin that he’s going back to Washington to make sure we are well represented.  That list of owners…ahem…donors, indicates otherwise.  It indicates that powers outside of Wisconsin’s 6th District have more of Petri’s attention than the State that sent him to Washington.

Whatever shall we do about that?     Ω

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Rep. Tom Petri (R) Will Have a Formiddable Opponent In 2012: Me

Posted by politicalpartypooper on August 3, 2010

I live in Wisconsin’s sixth district, and am represented by Tom Petri, Republican.  It’s just about time to end that.

I don’t want to be represented by a Republican who believes that Supply-side economics works, or that tax cuts create jobs.  I don’t want to be represented by the special interests that he has collected; groups like the Railroad Industry in Wisconsin, or the Air Transport Industry, Attorney Groups, Public Worker Unions, Boeing, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, amongst a slew of others.  In essence, I don’t want to be representd by a career politician who has never held a real job in his life, and has sucked off of the public teat for too long.

I don’t want to be represented by a man who:

* Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation, but voted yes on it two years prior. (Jul 2009)

* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)  Are you kidding me, Tom?  Are we living in Afghanistan?

* Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)  We see how well that turned out, don’t we, Tom?

* Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008) Now you can see how all that railroad money really came in handy.

* Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)  Free Trade has destroyed our economy.  Thanks, Tom.

* Voted Yes on every Free Trade agreement, and also voted yes on ‘Fast Track’ authority for trade agreements.  Can’t wait to betray American workers, can you, Tom?

If I can get the required signatures, and save and raise a small amount of cash to begin an effective, responsible campaign, I’ll be running against Tom Petri in 2012 as the Wisconsin State Representative for our Sixth District, as an Independent.  I’ve had enough.  So have the people of my district and of Wisconsin.  It’s time to end the shipping and outsourcing of American jobs to places where the employee has no rights, earns almost nothing, and has no protection against the American corporations exploiting them.  Goodness, I thought we cleared all of this up in the early 1900’s, when we got rid of sweat shops, the seven day, sixty hour work week, asbestos and a whole host of other things that Petri apparently wants to resurrect. How about we resurrect some American jobs, Mr. Petri, instead of shipping them overseas as fast as we can?

For the people of my beloved sixth district , start asking Tom Petri one question and one question only; Where are the  jobs?

“Why, they’re overseas, where I sent them” He’ll respond.

It’s time to put my money where my mouth is.     Ω

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