In Case You Missed It: Senator Feingold’s Leather-Bound Book Scam

34-Year Career Politician Used Slush Fund To Buy Books, Then Resold Them To Enrich Shadow Campaign

Senator Feingold’s ongoing slush fund scandal just blew wide open yet again, with a new report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uncovering that he used Progressives United to buy copies of his own book, then used the books to raise more money for his shadow campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election. The Johnson campaign released the following statement on Feingold’s self-dealing.

“This is the height of Senator Feingold’s Washington elitism – buying leather-bound copies of his own book to bilk supporters out of more money to line his pockets and build his shadow campaign,” spokesman Brian Reisinger said. “After presenting himself as Mr. Campaign Finance Reform for decades, Senator Feingold is finally being unmasked as a phony and a hypocrite whose is willing to say or do anything to return to Washington.”

Read the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story or see an excerpt below:
With just days left in the campaign, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is returning to one of his first campaign themes:

Pounding his opponent, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, over his political action committee, Progressives United.

Now, Johnson is criticizing Progressives United for selling off copies of Feingold’s book, “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era,” for $100 donations and giving away special edition, leather-bound, autographed copies to three supporters back in 2011 to raise money for the PAC.

Johnson, a Republican, has suggested that his Democratic foe founded Progressives United and its partner organization, Progressives United Inc., “to pay himself and his staff millions” between elections while giving little to candidates. Feingold has said the groups provided direct and indirect candidate backing while engaging in issue advocacy.

“This is the height of Senator Feingold’s Washington elitism — buying leather-bound copies of his own book to bilk supporters out of more money to line his pockets and build his shadow campaign,” said Brian Reisinger, spokesman for Johnson.

“After presenting himself as Mr. Campaign Finance Reform for decades,” Reisinger continued, “Senator Feingold is finally being unmasked as a phony and a hypocrite whose is willing to say or do anything to return to Washington.”