Key Dates in Senator Feingold’s 24-Year Fight for Washington DC Status
The Ron Johnson for Senate campaign released the following statement on Senator Feingold’s career since announcing his first campaign for U.S. Senate 24 years ago today:
“The days of the fresh-faced ‘Mr. Clean’ of Wisconsin politics are far behind us, but Senator Feingold’s insatiable desire to claw his way back to Washington is stronger than ever,” campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “There is no shortage of examples showing Senator Feingold is nothing more than a professional politician who is willing to say one thing and do another to get elected. Ron Johnson is an accountant and manufacturer who spent his life building a business and creating jobs for Wisconsinites – so he knows that the big government policies and unnecessary regulations of Washington insiders like Senator Feingold hurt Wisconsin families, workers and businesses.”
Key Dates in Senator Feingold’s Career
Nov. 3, 1991: Feingold first announces his candidacy for the United States Senate after spending 10 years in the Wisconsin State Senate – a stark contrast to Ron Johnson, who worked in the private sector nearly all of his life and started his own manufacturing company in Oshkosh in 1979.
Aug. 28, 1992: Feingold says he’s making a promise “for the future” to raise more than half his money in Wisconsin – a pledge he put on his garage door but broke in 2015.
Jan. 4, 1995: Feingold introduces legislation in the U.S. Senate to ban PAC contributions– a position at odds with Feingold starting his own PAC in 2011.
Oct. 31, 1998: The Washington Post recounts Feingold telling the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to “get the hell out of my state” with attack ads – the kind of help he has accepted in 2015.
Feb. 16, 2011: Feingold launches Progressives United PAC, despite having introduced legislation in his career to ban PAC spending.
June 15, 2015: Senator Feingold’s Progressives United is revealed as a slush fund that only gave 5 percent of the money it raised to candidates and causes.
Aug. 13, 2015: Feingold says he’ll no longer honor a career-defining pledge he made to collect more than half his money from Wisconsin. This despite saying previously the pledge was for the future and renewing it in 2010, after the Citizens United ruling he blames for the change.
Aug. 18, 2015: Feingold is revealed to have courted Hollywood liberals while breaking his career-defining pledge to raise most of his money in Wisconsin.
Oct. 15, 2015: The small amount of money Feingold’s Progressives United donated to candidates and causes draws comparisons to “scam PACs,” making clear his political group was only about fueling his political ambition.