ICYMI: Senator Feingold Compared His Taxpayer-Funded Career to Wisconsinites Who Actually Create Jobs

Says “I had to do the kind of things that entrepreneurs do” 

In case you missed it, Senator Feingold compared his taxpayer-funded career to the hard-working men and women powering Wisconsin’s economy. In reality, the only job Senator Feingold created as a 34-year career politician was for himself, on the backs of taxpayers who have paid him nearly $3 million.

You can read the full story from Wisconsin Watchdog here and the Daily Callerhere or read key excerpts below:

From Wisconsin Watchdog:

There’s no doubt Russ Feingold is a politician.

Feingold, a Middleton Democrat, has been in or running for political office the better part of 35 years.

Still, this liberal politician has described himself as an entrepreneur.

The former U.S. senator who desperately would like to be U.S. senator again once insisted that being a politician is like being a businessperson.

In an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal in late October 2004, just before Feingold won his third six-year term in the Senate, he told reporter Patricia Simms that politics is business. Why, he had to hire and fire employees on his campaign and in his political offices. He said it took years to build his business – his political organization.

“I made all this myself,” Feingold said in the interview, eight years before President Obama would pooh-pooh the notion of the self-made entrepreneur in his 2012 campaign line, “If you got a business, you didn’t build that.”

“I walked out of my door one day in Middleton in 1982, and nobody knew who I was, and I built a career that I think was a good one … I had to do the kind of things that entrepreneurs do,” Feingold said.

From the Daily Caller:

Feingold, who was a lawyer prior to being elected as a state senator at the age of 29, argued in a 2004 article building a political operation requires all the same skills it takes to run a business — and critics are slamming him for it.

“I made all this myself. I walked out of my door one day in Middleton in 1982, and nobody knew who I was, and I built a career that I think is a good one … I had to do the kind of thing that entrepreneurs do.” he told the Wisconsin State Journal.

“Sen. Feingold is everything people hate about politics – comparing his own taxpayer-funded career to the hard-working men and women powering Wisconsin’s economy,” William Allison, a spokesman for the Johnson campaign told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement. “The only job Senator Feingold has ever created was for himself, on the backs of the taxpayers who have paid him nearly $3 million over the past 34 years.”