The Ron Johnson campaign today launched a targeted digital ad on Senator Feingold’s broken promises, using footage from 1992 and 2016 to show how after 34 years in politics “Mr. Campaign Finance” has gone back on his word to rely on Wisconsinites to fund his campaigns.
“Senator Feingold told Wisconsinites his promise was ‘for the future,’ but now we know he’ll say whatever it takes on any issue if it will get him back to Washington,” Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “Ron Johnson has kept his promises to Wisconsinites – to always tell them the truth and to never vote with his re-election in mind – while Senator Feingold has become everything people hate about politics.”
You can watch the ad, entitled “Broken Promises,” here. It opens with Senator Feingold making the promise on his garage door, then saying in a 1992 debate it was “for the future.” The ad repeats that refrain as Feingold tries and fails in 2016 to explain breaking the promise decades later.
The ad links to a digital timeline laying out Senator Feingold’s full transformation from campaign finance champion to hypocritical career politician who has broken numerous promises in an effort to get back to Washington.
- Nov. 3, 1991: 10-year Madison career politician Senator Feingold runs for U.S. Senate, promising to the people of Wisconsin he’ll raise more than half his money from them. He paints this and other promises on his garage door as part of his contract with the voters of Wisconsin.
- Aug. 28, 1992: Senator Feingold says in a Democrat primary debate his promise was forever, saying “I’m making a pledge for the future.”
- June 15, 2015: Progressives United, the political action committee Senator Feingold founded after previously being against PACs, is revealed to have given only 5 percent of the money it raised to candidates and causes – with the rest going to line Feingold’s pockets, pay his future campaign staff, and more fundraising to build a national donor apparatus.
- Aug. 13, 2015: Confronted with his new national fundraising apparatus, Senator Feingold announced he will no longer honor his promise saying“there is no hypocrisy.” He blames the Citizens United ruling, even though he had previously renewed the pledge in 2010, after Citizens United.
- As of the second quarter of 2016, Senator Feingold was raising about 70 percent of his money from out of state. He’s also collected more than $500,000 from lobbyist bundlers after years of railing against the influence of lobbyists, and is accepting help from dark money and Super PACs he still claims to be against.