Responds to Republican Party of Wisconsin legal complaint and releases digital ad on shadow campaign Progressives United
The Ron Johnson campaign today called on Senator Feingold to come clean about accusations by the Republican Party of Wisconsin and others that he violated the Hatch Act, and released a digital ad on Progressives United, the shadow campaign implicated in the scandal. Campaign Manager Betsy Ankney made the following statement:
“These allegations are serious, and Senator Feingold should come clean about the conversations he had and the shadow campaign that continued to operate while he was at the State Department. After 34 years in politics, not only does he find Hillary Clinton ‘trustworthy,’ he’s also apparently guilty of the same kind of dishonesty and questionable ethics that have surrounded the Clintons for decades.”
Today’s statement was released in conjunction with a digital ad you can watch here entitled “How Do You Explain That?” on how Senator Feingold misled Wisconsinites about the true purpose of his scam political action committee, Progressives United. The Ron Johnson campaign also recently launched a digital ad on Senator Feingold breaking his promise to rely on Wisconsinites to fund his campaign, and a digital timeline on how he’s abandoned his principles.
- 1990s and 2000s: Senator Feingold’s legislative proposals include requiring that Senate candidates raise more than half their money from their home states, and restricting political action committees.
- 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.
- On Aug. 30, 2016, the Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a legal complaint saying Feingold has violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits various types of political activity by members of the executive branch, while he was at the State Department. The questions about potential violations of the Hatch Act were first raised by Wisconsin Watchdog, following media reports that Feingold had talked with Sen. Jon Tester – chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – about running for U.S. Senate while he was still at the State Department, and revelations that Progressives United had served as his shadow campaign during that time.