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Chair of Senate Health Committee Is VP Of An Ultrasound Equipment Company

by: countrycat

Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:55:26 AM CST

Can you say "conflict of interest," Greg Reed?  An alert contributor to the "Alabama Voters Opposed to Forced Ultrasound" Facebook group pointed out that the chair of the Senate committee in charge of this legislation is a vice president at Preferred Medical Systems.

Since 2001, Preferred Medical Systems has had one mission: To provide a complete ultrasound solution for our customers. We are the exclusive authorized distributor of SAMSUNG MEDISON Ultrasound products in the southeastern United States.“Additionally we are one of the nation’s leading sellers of pre-owned ultrasound equipment for all major brands.” 

Here's the information on the contact us page:

Greg Reed - Ext. 27
Vice President
Cell: 205.388.1793
Fax: 205.295.1554 

So, let me get this straight.... the party that ran against "double dipping" by state employees has no problem with the chair of a committee overseeing legislation that directly benefits his business?

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"Pre-owned ultrasound equipment" (4.00 / 2)

Reed is using his Committee Chairmanship to push a law that will profit his employer (4.00 / 1)

Gregg ReedWhere are the vaunted Republican ethics laws that were supposed to keep lawmakers from abusing their power in this fashion?

Apparently it's OK if you're a Republican.

Greedy bastards!

Work harder and work smarter!

From Greg Reed's campaign site: (4.00 / 3)

Ethics in Government


So far, 2009 has been a banner year for the conviction of Democratic public officials. Breaching the public trust is a violation that must be punished to the letter of the law.

The problem is that Alabama’s ethics laws are watered down and weak. In recent years, the Alabama Legislature has proven that talk is cheap when it comes to ethics reform. Session after session, the Democratic leadership beats its chest, touting the need to improve the ethical climate in the state. But when it comes time to pass the bills on the floor of the Legislature, something mysterious seems to happen, and the session ends without the enactment of ethics reform.

I support legislation to put real teeth in our ethics laws. I will vote to give the Alabama Ethics Commission subpoena power to conduct thorough and meaningful investigations of wrongdoing by public officials. I believe lobbyists should be required to report all expenditures made on entertaining legislators and state agency employees.

The answer to integrity in government is accountability and transparency, and I will vote for any legislative proposals to ensure that government is more open and honest.

Ding! Ding! First time comment here! (4.00 / 1)

Welcome to LIA, alalawyer and thanks for that informative bit from the apparently clueless Mr. Reed.

It guess what matters is how you define "ethics...."

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

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How are ethic complaints filed? (4.00 / 1)

[ Parent ]
Here's the form (4.00 / 1)
and the address to send it:

Ethics Complaint Form

the agency is the Alabama Ethics Commission

Physical Address:
100 North Union Street, Suite 104
Montgomery, AL 36104

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4840
Montgomery, AL 36103-4840

Phone: 334.242.2997
Fax: 334.242.0248
E-Mail: info@ethics.alabama.gov

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to request a formal opinion or receive a formal response from the Commission you must send a dated letter with an original signature. The Alabama Ethics Commission cannot respond officially via email.

I've got three tools in my arsenal: my voice, my wallet, and my vote.

[ Parent ]
I'm guessing, so please advise me, (0.00 / 0)

that the bill would have to pass in order for an ethics charge to be applicable?  I'll file these forms away for future use!


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I don't know the answer, but you're probably right (4.00 / 1)

But isn't it bass-ackwards (and downright useless) to limit complaints about legislator conflict of interest to after the darned bill passes?

I'd say the thing to do right now is to write letters to the Senate President Pro Tem, Del Marsh (R) at 546 Hillyer High Road, Anniston, Alabama 36207 and complain about Reed's conflict of interest and the unconscionable use of state law to create a market for products that legislators will profit from.  Also, write letters to the editor of your local papers.  Realistically, the latter will probably do a lot more good than the former.


Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
And would it be appropriate to contact Reed's employer (4.00 / 1)
and inquire if such ethical breaches are condoned by Preferred Medical Systems?

Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. (Thomas Jefferson)

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Sen. Reed is likely to be hoist on his own petard (0.00 / 0)
Or would be if Republicans actually enforced ethics violations against their own.  It's interesting that he was so keen to have lobbyists report all expenditures, etc., but the question here is what happens when lobbyists ARE legislators?  That was the Republican complaint regarding the educators who used to be in the legislature, but now the tables are turned and you have people like Sen. Reed using their elected position to create a market for products sold by their corporate employers.  If that isn't lobbying it's an even dirtier word.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Greg Reed violated ethics standards? (4.00 / 1)
Well, I am shocked, I tell you...shocked and appalled!

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

But he's a Republican (0.00 / 0)
So it's OK. 

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
Notes from an Expatriate from Alabama (4.00 / 2)

Your post of this diary on DailyKos may test your web host's capacity.

 At any rate, greetings from Indiana, land of the Hoosiers, from an expatriate Alabama native, who left in 1969 after finishing college. Been in Indiana for the past 27 years or so. Conservative, but not quiet as b*tshit crazy as Alabama, although lately Mitch Daniels is trying to play catchup, I think.

 A couple of FWIW notes:

 I normally use FireFox with AddOns: NoScript, Ghostery, Better Privacy. Even though I trusted all links on the site in NoScript, something is preventing the 'post comment' button from appearing. It is simply invisible in FireFox.

 I posted this by logging in with Internet Explorer 8 in my XP game box. It took a longgggggg time for the page to load. It did not take that long in FireFox, interestingly enough. But maybe you are seeing increased traffic from DailyKos readers?

Finally, it was ironic and amusing that because of this lead article, the advertising engine you are using had placed three advertisements for ultrasound devices at the top of the page. They did not appear in FireFox, again probably because of one of the AddOns for protection. But they did appear in IE 8, which is running pretty much wide open.

 As for that expatriate native thing. We still have family and friends in Alabama, and have visited regularly since we left in 1969, and by that I mean every year up until my mother's death about 8 years ago. Since then we have only been down a couple of times, but will probably make the drive later this spring, to visit relative in Bham, Slapout, Arab, and the Ragland area.

It is good to know that there are still people who have not fled the state, and are trying to fight the good fight. It is such an uphill battle, so kudos and more power to you. Also, good luck. You need it.

I have added a link to your site on my personal political blog, which is a minor, not very active blog, but used primarily to occassionaly post the faxes I send to Congress and the President, or is some topic stirs me up so much I have to rant about it. I wrote on the issue of birth control, the latest effort by the GOP and right wing to drive us back into the Middle Ages, and mentioned the invasive ultrasound laws being considered around the nation as part of that post.


My wife and I retired last year, and friends here repeatedly asked us if we were going to move back to Alabama. Despite all the fondness and positive memories of people and the places, we told them we had no plans to. It was more likely Hell would freeze over first, and given the advent of global warming and anthropogenic induced climate change, that seemed mighty unlikely.

Of course, I am sure the majority of people and the legislature in Alabama will insist there is no such thing. But having just experienced the past few months here in Indiana which has to have been the warmest NON-winter on record since we have been here, I would have to beg to differ. We have except for just a couple of episodes that would last only a few days with temps into the teens, been running on average 10 to 20 or more degrees above average. There was only one significant snowfall of an inch or so, and in melted off within 48 hours. It was the winter that was not.



DINGDINGDING! First time commenter alert (4.00 / 1)
Welcome aboard, HeartlandLiberal! Comment early, comment often - and diaries are free...

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

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Welcome, HeartlandLiberal! (0.00 / 0)
Thank you for the kind words.  We need and appreciate all the encouragement.  You are spot on about AGW, but another of our front-pagers, Dragontide, regularly posts climate change FACTS on our front page so the local climate deniers can no longer claim ignorance.

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
stewaRT COLBERT (4.00 / 1)
if you know how to do it, get this info to colbert and to jon stewart

I tweeted the link to Rachel Maddow (0.00 / 0)
Hope it gets some traction with her.

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It was only a matter of time before Alabama... (4.00 / 2)

Attempted to pass a bill that would allow them to rummage around women's vaginas and uteri like they are looking for loose change.  There are some truly perverted individuals in this world that just love to have woman penetrated against their will.  

This twit right here, well you see his is looking for long-term job security with his full-time employer.  

My mother said the other day, the next time somebody wants to draft a bill like this then some other legislator should draft another bill or amendment where everytime men go to a urologist they are required to have an involuntary anal probe conducted to know how women feel while going to the OB/GYN.  She said that would shut them up really quick.

She has a point...

"Hypocrites are those whom pick and choose prejudices while giving accolades for their own..."

"It is what it is."  


SB12, Reed and Samsung (4.00 / 2)


Ask Samsung how they feel about Reed's SB12 bill. Calll Samsung and ask them about how they feel about Alabama SB12 state mandated unnecessary testing using Samsung ultrasound equipment. Be sure to inform Samsung that, if this bill becomes law in Alabama,  you and your family members will refuse any medical test using Samsung equipment and request that that the test be done with some other mfg. equipment.


 Samsung USA contact info:


email : info@samsungmedisonusa.com



 Address: 11075 Knott Ave., Cypress, CA 90630



Duble dipping (4.00 / 1)

 "the party that ran against "double dipping" by state employees has no problem with the chair of a committee overseeing legislation that directly benefits his business? "

If the doctor sticks that device into a woman twice, is that "double dipping?"



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