Ron Johnson Needs To Answer On Badger Pledge
After dodging for one week Wisconsin deserves an answer from Senator Johnson
MADISON — It’s been an entire week since Russ Feingold proposed a bipartisan solution to keep third party dark money from flooding Wisconsin, and allow Wisconsin’s Senate election to focus on issues. The Badger Pledge is a tried and true proposal. All that’s required to keep tens of millions in dark money attack ads from running is Ron Johnson‘s signature.
Johnson has offered nothing but excuses in an attempt to avoid the Badger Pledge and even refused outright to give a simple yes or no answer to signing the Badger Pledge.
“The only thing Wisconsin needs to have a Senate race about issues, not attack ads, is Ron Johnson’s signature on the Badger Pledge. It’s a simple, two-page proposal that’s proven to work, and Ron Johnson can’t come up with an answer after a full week?” said Russ for Wisconsin campaign manager Tom Russell.
Instead of giving Wisconsin an answer, Johnson attended a fundraiser on Monday hosted by a super PAC CEO and billionaires who bankroll super PACs set to swamp Wisconsin with ads on his behalf.
“If Ron Johnson likes the current system of independent attack ads, he should just come out and say it,” said Tom Russell. “But if he wants to have an election that’s more focused on issues and the people of Wisconsin, he should join us in signing the pledge.”
The Badger Pledge has already drawn support from independent watchdog groups Public Citizen and Wisconsin Common Cause.
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."