Senator Feingold Is Breaking His Campaign Finance Promises
Recent news reports have revealed Senator Russ Feingold is breaking his campaign finance promises, including a report Thursday by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in which he admitted he is no longer abiding by a career-defining pledge he made in 1992.
“Are there any campaign finance promises Senator Feingold made that he intends to keep? Between starting his own soft money group, relying on out-of-state donors and taking money from a lobbyist bundler, Senator Feingold has become everything he once claimed to despise,” said Brian Reisinger, spokesman for the Ron Johnson for Senate campaign. “If Senator Feingold will violate his own principles on the issue most important to him, we know he will violate any principle on the issues important to Wisconsinites. He’s becoming an example of exactly what’s wrong in politics.”
- On Thursday, the National Journal reported that Senator Feingold had missed his self-imposed rule of raising more than half his money from Wisconsin.
- Later on Thursday, Senator Feingold told the Journal Sentinel there was “no hypocrisy” to him abandoning that pledge, even though he told Wisconsin voters in 1992 that “I’m promising it for the future” and renewed the pledge with a TV ad in 2010.
- On Friday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Feingold had received $35,000 in contributions from a lobbyist bundler, despite supposedly building his career on limiting the influence of lobbyists and pushing for tighter restrictions on lobbyist bundlers.
- This follows a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Senator Feingold’s own soft money group, Progressives United, only gave 5 percent of the money it raised to candidates and political parties.