Don Manzullo: Did You Forget Whom You Represent

Posted by on October 5, 2011

I live in Rockford, IL. It carries the title of ninth most dangerous city in the USA. We have over 150,000 citizens and is one of the poorest cities in the state. Our taxes are high, education low and getting worse, the city is crumbling, there are no jobs, corruption runs wild, and the crime rate soars.

Rockford has an unemployment rate that hovers around 14%, a graduation rate of 79.9% (as of 2010), and 75% of our students live in low income homes. Our crime statistics break down like this: (as of 2009)

Crime Reported
Aggravated Assault 1,332
Arson 39
Burglary 2,459
Forcible Rape 112
Larceny and Theft 5,697
Motor Vehicle Theft 450
Murder and Manslaughter 21
Robbery 596
Crime Rate (Total Incidents) 9,927

While our out of touch politicians are talking about cutting taxes on the rich, cutting programs such as WIC, food stamps, Medicaid/Medicare, the EPA, PBS, NRA, etc. I have to question who does our government care about? Certainly not the people of Rockford, IL.

My "Representative", Don Manzullo most certainly falls into the category of politicians that seems to have forgotten who he works for . He's married to the people, and he cheats on the people with his corporate whores. A small sample of Manzullo's voting record:(taken from 2009-2011, for full voting record, please visit

Date Bill Voted
05/04/2011 Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion ✔ YES
02/18/2011 Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood ✔ YES
03/17/2011 Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio ✔ YES
06/24/2010 Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements ✘ NO
02/18/2011 Prohibits Funds for the Gainful Employment Rule ✔ YES
12/08/2010 DREAM Act ✘ NO
08/10/2010 Aid To States for Medicaid,Teacher Employment,& Other Purposes ✘ NO
05/05/2011 Offshore Leasing Act ✔ YES
04/07/2011 Energy Tax Prevention Act ✔ YES
09/16/2010 Authorizing Loans for Energy Efficiency Purposes ✘ NO
09/22/2010 Infant Mortality Pilot Programs ✘ NO
07/28/2010 Exempting Guns from an Estate for Bankruptcy Purposes ✔ YES
05/03/2011 Repealing Funding for State Health Benefit Exchanges ✔ YES
04/13/2011 Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund ✔ YES
03/03/2011 Repealing the Form 1099 Provision in the Health Care Law ✔ YES
01/19/2011 Repealing the Health Care Bill ✔ YES
12/22/2010 9/11 Health and Compensation Act ✘ NO
09/22/2010 Infant Mortality Pilot Programs ✘ NO
03/29/2011 Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program ✔ YES
03/16/2011 Terminating the Neighborhood Stabilization Program ✔ YES
03/11/2011 Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program ✔ YES
12/17/2010 Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act ✘ NO
05/28/2010 Science and Technology Funding ✘ NO
12/08/2010 Seniors Protection Act ✘ NO
07/21/2010 Temporary Tariff Suspensions and Reductions ✔ YES
01/27/2009 Employment Discrimination Law Amendments ✘ NO

For the 2009-2010 Campaign years, Manzullo raised $1,160,685. His top contributors were: (see the full list here)

Donor Amount
Performance Trust Capital Partners $36,000
Cummins-American Corp $12,900
Sage Products $10,600
AFLAC Inc $10,000
American Bankers Assn $10,000
American Society of Anesthesiologists $10,000
Boeing Co $10,000
Honeywell International $10,000
National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $10,000
National Assn of Realtors $10,000
National Auto Dealers Assn $10,000
New York Life Insurance $10,000

Mr. Manzullo, you represent Rockford (as unfortunate as I find that to be), and that means you NEED to look at what's going on in our community. Look at our people, not just the successful and big business that are here, because even that is dwindling. You need to listen to us and start voting on our behalf, not only your financial backers (most of whom do not even live here).

If you'd like to contact Mr. Manzullo, here's his information:

Washington D.C. Office
Congressman Donald Manzullo
2228 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone - (202) 225-5676
Fax - (202)225-5284
Rockford District Office
Congressman Donald Manzullo
415 S Mulford Rd
Rockford, IL 61108
Phone - (815) 394-1231
Fax - (815) 394-3930
Serving the counties of Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, JoDaviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Ogle and DeKalb.
Crystal Lake District Office
Congressman Donald Manzullo
101 N. Virginia Street, Suite 170
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone - (815) 356-9800
Fax - (815)356-9803
Serving McHenry County.

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