September 12, 2016

Feingold Planned 2016 Senate Run From State Department

A devastating ethics complaint has put former Senator Russ Feingold’s Senate bid on the defensive for weeks. The Republican Party of Wisconsin found serious evidence that Feingold planned his Senate campaign while working in the State Department, a violation of the Hatch Act.

Let’s examine the timeline of events.

Feingold has admitted that he decided to run for the Senate again during the summer of 2014, while he was a U.S. Special Envoy. In fact, Feingold’s tenure as a State Department almost completely overlaps with his electoral planning. An overlooked aspect of Feingold’s Hatch Act violating activities is that Feingold met with DSCC Chairman Jon Tester in January of 2015:

“Tester said he talked to former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) in early January about a potential rematch against Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Feingold has been seriously considering a run, and Tester said he’d learned his lesson from what many Democrats viewed as a lackluster 2010 campaign.”

These details leave little doubt that Feingold was laying the groundwork for his Senate campaign while working at the State Department, raising more questions about lines being improperly blurred. With this potentially illegal behavior, it appears Russ Feingold graduated from the Hillary Clinton school of ethics.