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Right-Wing Front Group Highlights Sen. Ron Johnson's Hypocrisy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:35

ron-johnsonMADISON - It's become a regular practice for Senator Ron Johnson's partisan allies to use the whistleblower complaints about the Tomah VA as a political weapon while glossing over Johnson's own failure on the issue.  

Ron Johnson spent months pointing fingers at his political rivals, placing blame on others for the complaints that surfaced at the Tomah VA. Reporting from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quickly made Johnson change his tune after revealing the Senator's office allowed the whistleblower's information to die in "the equivalent of a congressional black hole." 

Previously, Johnson's office claimed the complaints were referred to an oversight committee, an intentionally misleading statement since the complaints were merely passed off to other members of Johnson's staff. 

Since the Journal Sentinel report, Johnson has refused to accept any responsibility or hold his staff accountable for failing Wisconsin veterans. That hasn't stopped Johnson's dark money henchmen from lodging shameless, hypocritical attacks on the issue. 

Right-wing front group Wisconsin Alliance for Reform is running baseless attack ads against Johnson's opponent Russ Feingold. The ads claim Feingold failed to take action after receiving a memo in 2009 outlining the problems occurring at the Tomah Va, but the union president says she has no proof any such memo was delivered. 

"It's no surprise that a front group started for the sole purpose of attacking Democrats with untold amounts of anonymous money would run baseless attack ads to support an incumbent Republican candidate as vulnerable as Ron Johnson," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Kory Kozloski said on Wednesday. "The more Johnson's dark money attack dogs bark on this issue, the more they highlight the Senator's shameful inaction and bold hypocrisy."

Sixth Anniversary of the Lawless Citizens United Decision PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:45

russ-fiengoldMIDDLETON, WI - Today is the sixth anniversary of the lawless Citizens United decision. Six years of super PACs, of million dollar checks being poured into elections from corporations and billionaires. Six years of the real corrupting power of the decision: the long-term, year-to-year influence big money has over the policies that affect middle-class and working families.

How this influence plays out is even more harmful than it seems, because candidates for office now assume they need the support of super PACs to run viable campaigns.

Potential candidates for president -- or senators up for reelection -- are expected to court the support of the billionaires who fund super PACs. To win that support, they take positions -- or votes -- that align with the kinds of economic policies that benefit CEOs and hedge fund managers, not middle-class and working families.

To mark today's anniversary, I've written a piece for Medium outlining the real effects the lawless Citizens United decision has had on our democracy. Will you take a moment to read my piece and share it with your family and friends?

Share my op-ed: Six Years Later: Citizens United's Winners Aren't Declared on Election Day.

In the years to come, a future Supreme Court must overturn the Citizens United decision, and I strongly believe it will happen if we elect Democratic presidents. But as election season continues, we can't forget that the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars flooding our elections isn't only deciding who wins or loses -- it's deciding whether or not our economy is rigged.

Thank you for helping me get the word out.


Russ Feingold

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 15:51
Russ for Wisconsin Raises Nearly $2.7 million in Q4, Over $7.4 million in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:01

russ-feingoldQuarterly and 2015 Fundraising Totals Represent Records for Wisconsin, Over 25,000 Wisconsinites Have Contributed to Russ for Wisconsin.

MIDDLETON - Russ for Wisconsin announced today that the campaign has raised nearly $2.7 million in the fourth quarter and over $7.4 million since Russ jumped into the Wisconsin senate race less than 8 months ago.

Both figures represent federal off-year records for Wisconsin and demonstrate Russ’ strong start as the election year gets underway.

Broad grassroots support continues to serve as the backbone of Russ’s campaign. Over 25,000 Wisconsinites have contributed to Russ’ bid for the U.S. Senate. Russ’ contributors hail from all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties. 94% of all Q4 contributions are under $100.

"I’m honored to stand with the tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who have contributed their time and their resources into building this campaign," Feingold said. "I’m proud of our campaign’s strong grassroots support. The people of Wisconsin are making it clear that they want leaders who will fight for middle class and working families – not just a select few. I'm extremely grateful to have their backing and their confidence."

Since announcing his candidacy, Russ has traveled to all 72 counties, listening to Wisconsinites in every corner of the state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:12
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