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On Feingold’s honor: Former senator still silent on honoraria call


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MADISON, Wis. — Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, one of the louder critics of speaking fees for government officials, still hasn’t answered his critics’ calls to release the full amount of honoraria the Democrat has pocketed.


A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel piece this week revealed Feingold took in more than $100,000 in speaking fees between February 2012 and June 2013, much of that money for discussions on the corrupting influence of money in politics.


CONFLICTED FEINGOLD: Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold was one of the biggest critics of speaking fees paid to federal employees by special interest groups. Turns out the Democrat pocketed more than $100,000 in honoraria.

The Wisconsin GOP, however, believes Feingold, the godfather of campaign finance reform, has yet to reveal all of his earnings from speaking engagements before that period.

“To ensure Wisconsin voters have all of the facts, I call on Senator Feingold to take a stand for transparency by releasing any additional honoraria he accepted between January 2011 and January 2012,” Brad Courtney, chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said in a statement.

Feingold, one of the more liberal members of Congress during his 18 years as Wisconsin’s junior U.S. senator, is running in a rematch against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Since his defeat in 2010, Feingold has made a living as a professor, author, State Department employee and as the face of a progressive political action committee roundly criticized as a slush fund for the career politician.Scissors-32x32.png

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