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Friday, August 07, 2015

Russ Feingold the anti-PAC man with a PAC

Remember McCain-Feingold, that loathsome law that banned criticizing incumbents 60 days before an election (newspapers exempted)? They did this in the name of not allowing big money to buy an election. The U.S. Supreme Court in a rare moment of clarity struck it down as the anti-constitutional measure it was.

The Feingold in the law -- Democrat Russ Feingold -- stood up to PACs and said he accepted no PAC money.

Turns out he now has a PAC and it now stands accused of campaign finance flimflamming, according to an Associated Press report.

From the AP:
“Progressives United,” a political action committee founded by Democrat Russ Feingold has suspended its fundraising to avoid the appearance of a conflict with his run for the U.S. Senate.
The PAC’s attorney Mike Wittenwyler said Thursday that the PAC was officially suspended on Wednesday, May 20th.
Feingold announced last week that he was running for the Senate against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson.
The race would be a rematch of the 2010 election when Johnson defeated Feingold, an 18-year incumbent.
Wittenwyler says the PAC, which is a separate entity from Feingold’s campaign, was not required under the law to suspend fundraising. Feingold has no involvement with the PAC any more.
Johnson campaign manager Betsy Ankney says the real question is whether Feingold will disavow money from super PACs spent to help his campaign. 
 The AP report glosses over the flimflam. Watchdog,org reported:
Feingold, the godfather of campaign finance reform, has had a tough go of it trying to explain why his progressive political action committee delivered so much of its proceeds to itself and comparatively little to the liberal candidates it was supposed to help.
As Wisconsin Watchdog reported in June, Feingold’s Progressives United spent more than $40,000 on travel costs between February 2011 and June 2013, while Feingold served as an adviser to the liberal organization.
Documents also suggest the PAC paid for Feingold’s Washington, D.C., apartment in the heart of lobbyist central.
Another sanctimonious hypocrite.


  1. Is this on par with Hillary wanting to raise $2.5 Billion so that she can get elected and get the money out of politics. You can't make this sh*t up.

  2. Dimocrat hypocrite? I'm shocked! Shocked, I say! Dimocrat hypocrite. Isn't that redundant? Just like Clinton liar.

  3. I can't do better than Denny.