Reynolds said he's been miscast as a kook and a zealot as payback for refusing to sell his vote to lobbyists...."Madison politics are run by lobbyists and special-interest groups," Reynolds said. "The pressure is always on elected officials to . . . not represent the interests of their constituents.
Reynolds said pretty much the same thing in a Channel 6 story. You can watch it here.
Follow along on our fact check, as we ask the question: Does Reynolds' holier-than-thou approach hold up?
And discover the answer is: Hell, no.
Below is senator's special interest track record, as detailed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. The list includes just PACs and committees. It omits individual contributions, like the the $3,800 that Reynolds got from the Walton family of Wal-Mart fame.
Surely the Waltons made those six June 30, 2005 contributions totaling $2,600 out of their sheer support for Tom, expecting nothing in return. And of course it is just a coincidence that Christy Walton, of Jackson,Wyoming, wrote two checks totalling $750; Jim Walton, of Bentonville, Arizona, donated $600; John Walton, of Jackson, Wyoming wrote two checks totalling $750; and Lynn Walton, of Bentonville, Arizona, gave $500, all on the same day.
Tom Reynolds' special interest donations
|AT&T Wisconsin Employee PAC (formerly SBC)||Telecommunications & Computers||$1,000.00|
|Citigroup (was Travelers Group Inc PAC)||Insurance||$1,000.00|
|Healthy Wisconsin State PAC (WI Hospital Assn)||Health Services/Institutions||$1,000.00|
|Waukesha County Republican Womens Club||Political/Ideological||$1,000.00|
|WI Credit Union Leg Action||Banking & Finance||$1,000.00|
|WI Dental PAC (WIDPAC)||Health Professionals||$1,000.00|
|WI Insurance Alliance PAC||Insurance||$1,000.00|
|WI Restaurant Assn PAC||Tourism/Leisure/Entertainment||$950.00|
|WI Concealed Carry Movement||Political/Ideological||$800.00|
|Deere & Company PAC - WI||Agriculture||$500.00|
|WI Truck Operators (Wis TON)||Transportation||$500.00|
|Community Bankers of WI PAC||Banking & Finance||$450.00|
|Alliant/WI Power & Light||Energy||$300.00|
|WI Automatic Merchandising (WAMC)||Business||$250.00|
|WI Energy Better Govt Committee||Energy||$250.00|
|Citizens for Joan Tatarsky||Political/Ideological||$225.00|
|Petroleum Marketers/Convenience (PMAW/WACS PAC)||Natural Resources||$200.00|
|WI Health Care Association||Health Services/Institutions||$200.00|
|Pro-Life WI Victory Fund||Political/Ideological||$150.00|
|Citizens for York (Local-Greenfield, WI)||Political/Ideological||$108.51|
|FONEPAC||Telecommunications & Computers||$100.00|
|Friends of Gary Drzewiecki||Political/Ideological||$100.00|
|General Electric PAC (GEPAC)||Banking & Finance||$100.00|
|Milwaukee Professional Firefighters 215||Labor Unions||$100.00|
|School Administrators Alliance||Education||$100.00|
|TDS Telecom||Telecommunications & Computers||$100.00|
|Wisconsin Professional Police Association||Labor Unions||$100.00|
|Wisconsin Center for Economic Prosperity||Political/Ideological||$70.00|
|4th Cong Dist Repuplican Women’s Club||Political/Ideological||$50.00|
|Apartment Assn of SE WI PAC||Real Estate||$50.00|