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Hassert Convicted, but Ryan, Duffy Refuse To Return Campaign Money PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:52

paul_ryanCurrent Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy have refused to return campaign contributions they received from disgraced fellow Republican and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys.


MADISON - This week, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois. While current Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan, was quick to extend the symbolic gesture of removing Hastert's picture from the speaker's lobby outside the U.S. House of Representatives floor last year, five months and one conviction later, Ryan, along with Rep. Sean Duffy continue to refuses to return the donations he received from Hastert over the years.

martha-laning“As a parent, I am truly disgusted by Mr. Hastert’s actions. What he did to these young students and to the trust placed in him by the public is truly reprehensible,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Friday. “We must never turn a blind eye to this kind of behavior or settle for merely symbolic gestures. Any person who has received contributions from Mr. Hastert must do the right thing and return them or give an equivalent amount to charity. "

Dennis Hastert served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, and gave $25,500 to Paul Ryan's campaign through his leadership fund from 1998 to 2012. Hastert's fund also gave $1,000 to Rep. Sean Duffy in 2012. To date, neither have returned the funds or announced any plans to do so. Illinois Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk, announced last June that he would donate a $10,000 Hastert donation to a nonprofit that helps provide after-school programs to children in the area.

"The Courts have done their job to bring Mr. Hastert to justice, now it's time for Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy to their public duty and completely cut ties with the disgraced Speaker by returning his contributions." Laning concluded.

 
4 Questions for Sen. Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 10:14

ron-johnsonAs He Launches His Campaign from PACUR, he’s not just the Koch Brothers model Senator.


MADISON - Ron Johnson really wants you to know that he’s not just the Koch Brothers model Senator. He’s also a high-paid former CEO.

We’re assuming the Koch Brothers couldn’t come to his campaign kickoff, so he decided to announce at the HQ of his old employer PACUR – named for the company founder Pat Curler. Johnson has long been an advocate for the downtrodden CEO’s and billionaires of America, and we’re lending him a hand in sharing his record with the people of Wisconsin.

Sen. Johnson, a regular critic of government programs like student loans and social security, gleefully embraced government subsidies when it benefitted his in-laws company.

And in a smooth business move, the Senator conveniently took home $10 million in deferred compensation after loaning himself $9 million for his 2010 campaign. Like any Washington insider, Johnson knows how to make sure the system works for insiders like him.

So as he announces his re-election campaign from the very company his in-laws founded, here are 4 questions that Wisconsinites deserve answers for from Sen. Johnson:

1.     Why did you pay yourself $10 million in deferred compensation from PACUR following your campaign?

2.     Is it coincidence that number of so close to the $9 Million you loaned yourself in the 2010 campaign? 

3.     Can you provide copies of the disclosures you allegedly made to the FEC, IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue that prove your story about the compensation? 

4.     Why did your company accept millions in subsidies and assistance from the government? Considering your strong opposition to big government, do you feel remorse for relying on government support?

“Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign launch at PACUR helps shine a light on his out of touch record in Washington and his long history of gaming the system for insiders like himself. As a corporate CEO, Johnson arranged a $10 million golden parachute before leaving for Washington," Russ Feingold spokesperson Harry Hartfield said on Sunday. "Now he’s returning the favor, fighting for the interests of his fellow millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the middle class. Wisconsinites can’t rely on a $10 million dollar gift from their brother-in-laws company and need a Senator who will fight for them.”

 
Ron Johnson’s Record – A Blueprint for Exploding the National Debt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:14

ron-johnsonMADISON - When you’re a seasoned political pro like Ron Johnson you get good at saying one thing and doing another.  But a look at Johnson’s record reveals that despite his rhetoric, he couldn’t care less about reducing the national debt.

He’s had several chances to vote for budgets that would reduce the deficit, but he’s voted against them. Instead of working on bi-partisan solutions, he gets in line with Mitch McConnell to vote for budgets that would explode the national debt while cutting programs for the middle class.

Johnson may say he cares about reducing the debt, but his record shows a different story.

As a Senator, Johnson has:

  • Voted for the FY 2013 Ryan budget that was estimated to add $3.1 trillion to the deficit. This budget would have protected tax breaks for oil companies and companies that shipped jobs overseas while cutting critical programs for Wisconsinites like Pell Grants, K-12 education, and Head Start.
  • Voted against the 2011 Budget Control Act that reduced the deficit by up to $2.4 trillion over ten years.
  • Voted against the 2014 Farm Bill, which would have reduced the deficit by $23 billion.
  • Voted against a responsible Senate budget that would have reduced the budget deficit by nearly $2 trillion.

In fact, by Johnson’s own admission, the only things he has accomplished are a failed blueprint for a budget that wasn’t even voted on, and an obscure accounting proposal that doesn’t actually do anything to reduce the debt. 

“Ron Johnson can’t run from his record. Like a true politician, he says one thing but does another. Wisconsin voters are tired of Johnson’s political games. They want a Senator who gets things done not just ponders ‘blueprints’ for a future generation to consider,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

 
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