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Russ Feingold

The Dems' Decision to Go the Super PAC Route Is Wrong

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Democrats need to give the American people a reason to support their party, and in my mind they can do that by supporting the public financing of elections and passing an amendment canceling out the Citizens United decision.

Jason Linkins

Wisconsin Senator Has Found A Creative Way To Recoup His Campaign Investment | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics

Ron Johnson has always cast himself as a self-made businessman and Tea Party outsider. But if you were willing to look past the self-mythologizing, you'd see he won his election with donations from businesses and individuals who were showered with taxpayer money.

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

Amanda Terkel

Al Franken Calls For More Robust Senate Agenda | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.18.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) seems to have few Democratic allies in Congress interested in rejecting corporate dollars and undisc...

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold: 'The Democratic Party Is In Danger Of Losing Its Identity' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold issued Democrats a dire warning at the annual Netroots Nation conference here on Thursday...

At Netroots, Bloggers Ask if Democrats Are Pro-Labor

Ari Melber | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Liberal activists rallied in Minneapolis on Thursday for Netroots Nation, a blogger conference that is now one of the largest gatherings in progressive politics.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Raises More Than $130,000 For Wisconsin Dem Recall Candidates | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold has raised more than $130,000 in less than a week for the nine Democrats running in Wisconsin's recall elections. The fund...

Buyers' Remorse Over New GOP Governors

Margie Omero | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

Voters across the country have buyers' remorse about the Republicans they elected to office. The big stands House Republicans have taken so far--defun...

Can The DNC and Our President Break Their Establishment Ties?

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For the DNC to become relevant again, it needs to truly embrace that spirit of "change" from 2008 and support some real Progressives for Congress in 2012.

Threats To Members Of Congress Hard To Calculate

Roll Call | Daniel Newhauser | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

One came from a high school student who was goofing off on the school computer during civics lessons. Another from a man angry over an automated call....

Elise Foley

Paul Ryan Will Decide This Week On Senate Run | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that he will decide this week whether he plans to run for the Senate seat that Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) wi...

Sam Stein

Potential Feingold Candidacy Has Democrats Torn | Sam Stein | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The abrupt announcement by Senator Herb Kohl that he will retire at the end of this term has left a void in the Democratic Party -- and ...

Why Democrats Taking Secret Money Risk the High Cost of Copying Republicans

Linda Keenan | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

It is sadly telling that perhaps the most strident critic of a decision last week by some top Democrats to amass secret donations is a campaign finance crusader who is now out of power.

Sam Stein

David Axelrod On Sanctioning Secretly Funded Groups: It's Not Healthy 'But It's The System We Have' | Sam Stein | Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Axelrod, the president’s senior communications adviser, spent much of the 2010 election cycle warning against the rise of anonym...

Sam Stein

Feingold On Secretly-Funded Obama-Allied Groups: They're 'Playing With The Devil' | Sam Stein | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The announcement on Friday that two former top White House aides were forming a non-government group underwritten in part by secret dono...

Barbara Boxer: Champion in the Senate Against the Afghanistan War

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Boxer has reintroduced Feingold's bill requiring the president to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The re-introduction of this bill is extremely timely and important, for two reasons.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold's PAC Fighting Corporate Influence Brings In $1 Million | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since its launch on Feb. 16, the political action committee that former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold started to fight corporate influ...

Russ Feingold: GE CEO Must Go

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics

In his post-Senate life, Russ Feingold is staking out a role as a leading voice urging the Democratic Party to adopt a feistier posture towards corpor...

Amanda Terkel

Wisconsin Protesters Call On Obama | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS. -- President Obama has expressed more support for the protests over Gov. Scott Walker's (R) controversial budget proposal than perhaps a...

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Rallies Protesters In Wisconsin | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, WIS. -- Russ Feingold may no longer be in elected office, but he can still excite crowds of labor protesters who have rallied at the state's ...

Feingold Launches the Sort of Political Action Committee We Need

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

I can imagine that in some ways Feingold might be even more effective running a PAC than sitting in the Senate. But he will need some money. So if you can afford it, please give him some.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: House Dems and 26 Republicans (Including Tea Partiers) Vote Down Patriot Act Extension

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Mendelson

This may be the start of the genuine liberals in Congress joining with the genuine conservatives in order to attempt to stop the genuinely un-American activities occurring post-9/11 on our watch and in our name.

What Happened To Russ Feingold?

Roll Call | Nathan L. Gonzales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Russ Feingold's reputation as a maverick and clever campaign ads were supposed to insulate him from the nationa...

Renewing the Patriot Act While America Sleeps

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the pol...