RECAP: Senator Russ Feingold’s #BrokenPromises

Read about Senator Russ Feingold’s #BrokenPromises and hypocrisy below:

  1. 1.) “U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold says he won’t renew a pledge he made in past campaigns to collect most of his contributions from Wisconsinites. Feingold made the pledge a centerpiece of his first U.S. Senate campaign in 1992, before serving three terms and becoming one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for changing campaign finance laws. Feingold, a Democrat, promoted the pledge as one of five written on the garage door of his Middleton home.” – The Wisconsin State Journal on August 15, 2015.
  2. 2.) “Russ Feingold, trying to win his old Senate seat back, has gone Hollywood. After spending years promising to raise most of his campaign funds from in-state donors, the former Wisconsin Democratic senator has done away with that old pledge and is now taking money from some big Hollywood liberals.” The Daily Caller on August 18, 2015.
  3. 3.) “During his nearly two decades in Washington, D.C., former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold fashioned himself as Mr. Clean — a lawmaker not interested in the perks of public office. The Middleton Democrat praised the 1989 ban on speaking fees for federal employees, including members of Congress. And when officials weighed a 2000 measure that would have allowed federal judges to give paid talks, he led the charge against it. But Feingold didn’t hesitate to trade in on his time as a D.C. lawmaker by taking such fees as soon as he could.” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on August 17, 2015.
  4. 4.) “Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold — long a champion of campaign finance reform — founded a political action committee that has given a mere 5% of its income to federal candidates and political parties. The data also show the group has paid another sizable chunk of money on salaries or consulting fees for Feingold, his top aide and eight former staffers.” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 15, 2015.
  5. 5.) “Receiving bundled lobbyist money appears to be at odds with the beliefs the former senator held and fought for before he was defeated five years ago. In his early political days in the Wisconsin state senate, a colleague said he wouldn’t even accept so much as a cup of coffee from a lobbyist. As a senator, Feingold criticized Washington for its coziness to the lobbying sector and fought to make lobbyist money as transparent as possible.” – The Washington Free Beacon on August 14, 2015.