Russell Dana "Russ" Feingold (born March 2, 1953) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. He served as a Democratic party member of the U.S. Senate from 1993 to 2011. From 1983 to 1993, Feingold was a Wisconsin State Senator representing the 27th District. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain–Feingold Act), a major piece of campaign finance reform legislation. He was the only Senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation. Feingold had been mentioned as a possible candidate in the 2008 Presidential election, but following the November midterm elections of 2006 he chose not to run. In 2010, Feingold lost his campaign for ...
So much for 2010 as the year of mutiny, when the American people rose up and said, "Enough! Throw the bums out!" As the dust finally clears after the midterm elections, and the bodies are hauled from the field of battle, guess what? It was all so predictable. The safest thing to be in 2010 was an incumbent.
Out of 435 seats, 351 incumbents will be returning to the House in January. In the Senate, out of 100 seats, 77 incumbents will return in January. As the libertarian Joel Hirschorn puts it, "Welcome back to the reality of America's delusional democracy where career ...
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold released the following statement regarding the decision by the United States Navy to request more ships from Wisconsin shipbuilder Marinette Marine. The Navy is proposing to purchase 10 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from the northeastern Wisconsin company, which would support jobs in northeastern Wisconsin and throughout the state. “I am pleased the Navy would like to purchase more ships from Marinette Marine. This is good news for northeastern Wisconsin and I was proud to support Marinette Marine in its bid to build these ...
Madison (WQOW) - Much of the talk since Election Day has been about a comment from Senator RussFeingold Tuesday night,after being defeated by Ron Johnson.
"I hope and I intend to work with you in the future as much as possible. So, it's onto the next fight, it's onto the next battle, it's onto 2012," expresses Sen. Feingold.
That fueled speculation that Feingold would be back on the campaign trail soon, possibly to run against President Obama in the democratic primary. The state's democratic party chair says no way. A report in the Wisconsin State Journal quoted the chair saying, ...
News Roundup 11/08 Blue team aided by small donors, big bundlers; Huge outside spending still comes up short Center for Responsive Politics President Barack Obama clinched a second term last night relying on many of the same campaign finance tools he used in his pre-Citizens United victory in 2008: party support and an in-house campaign finance operation that turned to individual donors and a web of elite bundlers to expand its reach. He received comparatively little help from outside spending groups.
But that's not to say super PACs and secretive nonprofit groups had no influence on the election: Although they heavily favored conservative candidates, many of whom lost, they created an arms race that helped drive the cost of election to record levels.
And whether the money came from outside groups or was raised by campaigns themselves using old-fashioned pre-Citizens United methods, the candidates with the most cash on their side of the equation frequently prevailed. According to an analysis of congressi
News Roundup 10/31 Happy Halloween everyone!
Head of Crossroads GPS once a McConnell aide, now his political ally Washington Post After more than a decade working side by side, the two men rarely talk these days. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Steven Law, his trusted former aide, remain a powerful combined force in Washington.
Law heads American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, conservative groups whose $300 million budget has allowed them to outspend every other interest group in this election, as well as the Democratic National Committee. Together, the two groups have matched the Romney campaign in running anti-Obama ads, and in the past two months, they have put $35 million into 10 Senate races around the country — more than the Republican Party itself. READ MORE
Why House races need small donors Politico - Opinion It’s well documented that super PACs and other outside spenders are crucial in the race for the White House. Less well known is that they may also decide control
Ending "Too Big to Fail" We know there's still a lot of work to be done to rein in Wall Street and prevent another disastrous collapse. And we've seen what happens when big banks are trusted to oversee themselves: They gamble recklessly with other people's money. And if they lose, we take the biggest hit.
Congressmen Conyers and Grayson are proposing regulations that would shorten Wall Street's leash and make it less likely that our government has to bail them out ever again. We're joining with our friends at CREDO to co-sign a letter from Reps. Grayson and Conyers asking federal banking regulators to adopt their strict new proposal.
Read CREDO's message about this important letter below and add your name as a co-signer today.
Thanks for uniting as a progressive,
Josh Orton Political Director Progressives United
Help Reps. Alan Grayson and John Conyers end "Too Big to Fail."
Two progressive champions, Reps. Alan Grayson and John Conyers, are taking on “Too Big to Fail” banks and
My Brother Russ My little brother Russ is the apple of my eye. I saw, even when he was young, that fighting for progressivism was just in his blood. He was born for this fight. I saw it when he campaigned for his classmates' ability to wear jeans back when he was in high school. I saw it when I watched him argue his first case in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as a young lawyer in Madison. And I saw it when he fought for civil rights as a Wisconsin state senator.
So, I was just thrilled when Russ founded Progressives United in February of 2011. It's a true continuation of the work he's done all his life: fighting for the greatest good for the greatest number of people. He's always known our government can't be held in the back pocket of corporations and the ultra wealthy.
I'm so proud of the work we all have done with Russ to bring a vision of honest American government to life. You may not know this, but Sunday is the third anniversary of the launch of Progressives United, and our suppor