Ron Johnson Digital Ad Compares Feingold, Clinton Email Scandals

Similar State Department Skeletons Haunt 34-Year Career Politician and Untrustworthy Democrat Nominee
The Ron Johnson campaign today launched a digital ad campaign highlighting the similarities between Senator Feingold and Hillary Clinton’s State Department email scandals, and calling for the release of his emails as required by federal law. The scandal continues to grow, and Senator Feingold is now trying to cover up his possibly illegal shadow campaign.

“Senator Feingold’s State Department email scandal is just like Hillary Clinton’s – so much so that it can be difficult to tell the two apart,” Johnson campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “If Senator Feingold has nothing to hide and he wasn’t illegally running a shadow campaign while at the State Department, he should demand that the State Department follow the law and release his emails immediately.”

You can watch the ad here. The ad leads viewers to a petition calling on Senator Feingold and the State Department to follow the law, and a timeline on Senator Feingold’s campaign scandals.

Key Facts:

  • Just last week, Senator Feingold was caught covering up potential violations of federal law by changing his story on when he decided to launch his Senate campaign.
  • Feingold now says he had no conversations about the campaign until after he left the U.S. State Department. But according to earlier reports, Senator Feingold discussed his Senate campaign with Senator Jon Tester, the head of the Senate Democrat campaign arm, while still on State Department payroll  a possible violation of the Hatch Act, which bars political activity by members of the executive branch.
  • Senator Feingold also may have violated the law by using his “legalized slush fund” PAC as a shadow campaign during that time. The Republican Party of Wisconsin detailed the allegations in a formal complaint.
  • The State Department has stonewalled Freedom of Information Act requests for Feingold’s records that could clear him of wrongdoing, and Senator Feingold has refused to call for the documents to be released immediately, as is required by law.