Press Memo: Ron Johnson’s Kickoff Tour & Senator Feingold’s Slush Fund Scandal

The contrast could not be more clear this week with Ron launching his statewide kickoff tour and Senator Feingold’s slush fund scandal blowing wide open. Ron is a manufacturer and problem solver working for Wisconsin, and Senator Feingold is a career politician who will do anything to get back to Washington.

Look for us in Green Bay and Rhinelander today following the Oshkosh event – you can find more details here, and follow the rest of the week-long tour on our #RonOnTheRoad blog, or by checking us out on Snapchat at RonJohnsonWI. Meantime, a few stories to bear in mind this week:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice uncovered new links between Senator Feingold’s slush fund and his campaign, making clear nobody benefited from Progressives United as much as Feingold himself: “Now the question is this: Has Feingold proved to be the primary beneficiary of that work by Progressives United PAC and its nonprofit arm, Progressives United Inc.? It certainly appears so — whether that was the intent or not. … ‘Progressives United was never about what Senator Feingold claimed,’ said Brian Reisinger, spokesman for Johnson. ‘It was a slush fund he used to line his own pockets, pay staff in his shadow campaign, and secretly build a national fundraising apparatus he could exploit to claw his way back to regain power in Washington.’”

The Wisconsin State Journal reports on Senator Feingold’s dilemma over Hillary Clinton, a fellow career politician with trust issues who lost big in Wisconsin: “Feingold, speaking as a U.S. senator in 2008, disclosed that he voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama in that year’s primary. But now Feingold — running to reclaim the Senate seat he once held from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who beat him in 2010 — won’t say if he voted for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. ‘I’m not saying, and I didn’t even tell my wife,’ Feingold told reporters Thursday in a press conference in Madison.”

Ron is working hard to bring accountability to Washington and ensure taxpayer dollars aren’t wasted in this story from Wisconsin Watchdog: “Hoping to continue the legacy of former budget hawk Tom Coburn, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson this week introduced an ambitious government reform package aimed at greater accountability, security and transparency. The reform package would encompass 15 bills that already have been approved by voice vote or unanimous roll calls in committee during this session of Congress. Johnson is hopeful the reforms will garner the same bipartisan support in a full Senate vote.”

Right Wisconsin shows how Ron’s work to help connect folks with good Wisconsin jobs is having a major impact in Milwaukee: “Johnson stood before 13 new graduates of The Joseph Project, an initiative run by Pastor Jerome Smith of Greater Praise Church of Christ and supported by Sen. Johnson’s staff, that trains men and women on Milwaukee’s north side in the ‘soft skills’ of how to interview for a job and the importance of attitude, hard work, and responsibility. When the graduates complete their training, as they did this past Friday morning, they are loaded up into vans for the one hour drive north to the Sheboygan Job Center where they have interviews with area manufacturers and employers. It’s all about connecting those who want work with those who need workers.”