What They Are Saying: Ron Johnson Campaign Launches New Ad Reminding Voters Senator Feingold Is ‘In It For Himself’

34-Year Career Politician’s ‘Legalized Slush Fund’ Spent Huge Sums On Fundraising, Salaries For Staff, Relative Peanuts On Actual Candidates
With fewer than two weeks remaining until the election, Ron Johnson’s latest TV and digital ad campaign reminds voters about Senator Feingold’s legalized slush fund and shadow campaign at Progressives United, a PAC that spent most of its money to benefit Senator Feingold at the expense of contributions to the political candidates Feingold promised to support.

Statewide and national covered the ad reminding voters that Senator Feingold is in it for himself, not for you.

WisPolitics: “The ad then switches to the final piece of the question, ‘only 5 percent of the money went to federal candidates. A lot of it went to pay salaries. How do you explain that?’ As the screen shows Feingold, the words ‘How do you explain that?’ appears on one side as text across the bottom reads, ‘Russ Feingold, in it for himself, not you.’”

Gannett Wisconsin: “The ad refers to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article and the headline, ‘Russ Feingold’s PAC funded fees, salaries for former staffers, himself,’ and other news accounts. The ad is part of a seven-figure TV buy that will take the Johnson campaign to election day. The Johnson campaign has sought to portray Feingold as a career politician who says one thing and does another.”

Oshkosh Northwestern: “Meanwhile, Johnson attacked Feingold’s involvement in the former senator’s Progressives United PAC, a political action committee Feingold helped set up after losing to Johnson in 2010, calling it a ‘legalized slush fund’ used to bankroll Feingold’s re-election campaign.”

The Hill: “Feingold’s PAC, which was created after he lost reelection to the Republican Johnson in 2010, has been a frequent target during the race as Johnson’s campaign seeks to illustrate how Feingold has changed since starting his Senate tenure in 1993. The new TV and digital ad, which is part of a seven-figure ad buy, will run statewide through Election Day.”