Another week, another round of Senator Feingold’s hypocrisy. He’s raking in big money from Hollywood liberals, including the T.V. Bernie Sanders, and keeps raising more and more cash from outside of Wisconsin.
The California kid, Russ Feingold, D-Middleton (and California), raked in more than $31,000 in campaign donations from Tinseltown and the broader entertainment community in the first quarter of 2016, according to the April Federal Election Commission report.
While the liberal U.S. Senate candidate and his supporters castigate incumbent conservative Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, for taking in money from big business and Super PACs, Feingold continues to move farther away from his long-ago pledge to reject out-of-state money.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with occasional out-of-state campaign contributions. But you better darn well make sure that a majority of what you receive is from the people whom you would represent,” the Democrat said many years ago.
Based on the latest filings, the godfather of campaign finance reform intends to represent Phil Rosenthal, the Encino, Calif., executive producer of the hit TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Rosenthal dropped $5,400 into Feingold’s Senate campaign in the first quarter, according to the FEC report.
The candidate also got a $5,400 check from Damon Lindelof, Warner Bros. writer, producer, and a creator of TV dramas such as “Lost.”
Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger in a previous statement said Feingold’s latest haul from Hollywood and California’s higher ed elite shows he has jettisoned the principles that once guided him.
“Wisconsinites no longer recognize the man who made a promise ‘for the future’ on his garage door 25 years ago, but elite liberals in California and Massachusetts know him well,” Reisinger said.
When Larry David first appeared on the Saturday Night Live stage as Bernie Sanders, he perfectly captured the Vermont senator’s cadence and campaign style. But now, TV Bernie is putting his money where his mouth is in a different race.
The self-proclaimed “self-employed writer” from Santa Monica, Calif., donated $1,000 to the Russ Feingold Campaign for Senate, supporting the Democrat who is trying to reclaim his seat from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., in November. The donation was made on March 31.
Johnson’s campaign spokesman has his own theory about the donation, connecting it to a character on the “Seinfeld” series that David created.
“Maybe Larry David likes Senator Feingold because he reminds him of Kramer — nobody knows what he does for a living, but regardless of whether he’s welcome or not, he just keeps coming back!” Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said.
Russ Feingold, the former Democratic senator from Wisconsin who is running yet again in an attempt to win back his old Senate seat, is collecting nearly 70 percent of his campaign contributions from individuals who live outside of Wisconsin after shattering his long-held pledge to accept most of his political donations from Wisconsinites.
Feingold made his infamous “Garage Door Pledge” during his first Senate race in 1992 by vowing to “rely on Wisconsin citizens” for most of his contributions while adding “I’m promising it for the future … I’m saying that’s a pledge I am going to keep.”
He continued the pledge in virtually every one of his elections up to 2010 when his 18-year congressional career came to an abrupt halt after being defeated by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.