Former Sen. Russ Feingold has pledged to make college more affordable but Wisconsin Republicans hope to spoil his political comeback by pointing out all the money he has made from academia.
“Sen. Feingold can’t have it both ways, and his record places him firmly on the wrong side of students, said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Wisconsin Republican Party. “While Feingold talks about making college affordable, he hypocritically spent years cashing in— taking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees and salaries.”
Garrett was referring to Feingold’s six-figure salary at Stanford University and honoraria collected from various universities for campus visits listed in his personal financial disclosure forms.
A search of those records dating back to 2013 show he collectively received $450,000 between 2012-15 from 17 different schools, the lion’s share coming from Stanford, where he was on staff.
Trying to turn Feingold’s positives into negatives has been a key strategy of Johnson’s campaign.
Johnson has accused Feingold, whose name was once synonymous with campaign finance reform, for reneging on his pledge to eschew “dark money” and collect the bulk of his campaign donations from within the Badger State.
Johnson’s camp claims that “Mr. Clean” Feingold is just like any other politician who accepts the help of third-party groups and special interests.
“The bottom line: Sen. Feingold has broken too many promises and is far too hypocritical to be trusted to look out for anyone but himself,” Garrett said.