Five-Year Anniversary of Senator Feingold’s Slush Fund Proves He’ll Say One Thing and Do Another

Five-Year Anniversary of Senator Feingold’s Slush Fund Proves He’ll Say One Thing and Do Another

Launch of Progressives United five years ago today among the key dates in Feingold’s hypocrisy after 18 years in Washington, D.C.

The Ron Johnson campaign released the following statement on the five-year anniversary today of Senator Feingold launching Progressives United, the political action committee he used as a slush fund to fuel his political ambitions after losing in 2010:

“Ron Johnson has kept his promises to the people of Wisconsin, while Senator Feingold has shown his hypocrisy knows no bounds as he tries to claw his way back to Washington D.C.,” campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “This week is a reminder that Senator Feingold began plotting his return to power almost as soon as he lost in 2010, and proof that he’s willing to say one thing and do another on almost any issue that matters to Wisconsinites, from jobs to national security.”


When Ron Johnson first ran for office, he promised the people of Wisconsin to always tell them the truth, and to never vote with his re-election in mind. Here are key dates showing the promises Senator Feingold has broken after 18 years in Washington, D.C. and the five years he’s spent plotting his comeback:

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 this election cycle.

Feb. 15, 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.