72 Hours of Silence from Ron Johnson on Badger Pledge
Russ Feingold's offer would prevent limitless anonymous campaign money in Wisconsin
MADISON — Ron Johnson hasn’t been seen or heard from since Russ Feingold proposed the Badger Pledge. The pledge would allow Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate election to be about issues by keeping unlimited anonymous dark money out of Wisconsin.
It’s been 72 hours since the Badger Pledge was provided to Ron Johnson’s campaign on Friday. All the Badger Pledge requires to take effect is Ron Johnson’s signature.
“If Ron Johnson truly believes Wisconsin deserves an honest debate about issues in this election he should end his silence and sign the Badger Pledge. It’s been 72 hours and Wisconsin deserves an answer. With a single signature Ron Johnson can end the tens of millions in secret money set to flood Wisconsin and affirm his claim to want a debate about issues,” said Russ for Wisconsin campaign manager Tom Russell.
Modeled after the successful agreement in Massachusetts between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, the Badger Pledge would limit the influence of groups on both the left and right. It requires either campaign to pay to charity 50% of the cost of any advertisement run by a third party organization as an independent expenditure or issue advocacy. Read the text of the pledge here.
Press Releases by Russ Feingold
Russ for Wisconsin Raises Over $775,000 in Pre-Primary 95% of Contributions $100 or Less. Nearly 38,000 Wisconsin Contributors Since Campaign Launch
Below are excerpts of his remarks as prepared for delivery:
The AP has just reported that Sen. Johnson’s staff knew that the central claim in the Koch-backed $2 million smear campaign against Russ is a "total lie."