“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.”
- 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.