Matt Rothschild

Special Interest Groups Pounding Feingold

Republican-leaning outside groups have almost 6 to 1 advantage in spending.

By , Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - Nov 4th, 2016 03:06 pm
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Russ Feingold and Senator Ron Johnson.

Russ Feingold and Senator Ron Johnson.

Political spending by outside groups in the race for the U.S. Senate is lopsided in favor of Sen. Ron Johnson.

In fact, pro-Johnson groups are outspending groups that support Russ Feingold by 5.7-to-1, according to the website Open Secrets, using data as of Nov. 2.

Pro-Johnson groups have ponied up about $11,171,000 while ones favoring Feingold have tossed in $1,965,000.

The largest groups supporting Johnson are:

Freedom Partners Action Fund, a Koch Brothers’ group, which has spent $2,836,000;

Reform America PAC, founded by Terry Kohler of Wisconsin, which has spent $2,486,000.

Club for Growth and Club for Growth Action, which have spent $1,542,000.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent $1,350,000.

The largest groups supporting Feingold are:

The League of Conservation Voters: $498,000

Environmental Defense Fund $468,000

Humane Society $399,000

Planned Parenthood Votes $135,000

The discrepancy in outside group spending is likely to grow even wider, as Americans for Prosperity just announced a $950,000 buy and the National Republican Senatorial Committee just announced a $1 million buy.

As far as direct contributions to the candidates’ own election committees, Feingold has brought in $21,477,000 and Johnson has brought in $19,230,000, according to Open Secrets.

Matthew Rothschild is executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Categories: Politics

10 thoughts on “Special Interest Groups Pounding Feingold”

  1. Jason says:

    Based on the site you directed me to, Open secrets Russ Feingold has out raised and out spent Ron Johnson through this 2016 campaign. The premise of your article is that in the last few days Ron Johnson has seen a surge in outside money compared to Russ. Russ Feingold has collected as much out side money as ROJO based on this site.

  2. Ron Sekulski says:

    Special Interest money is destructive to the preservation of our Republic. “Making American Great Again” should eliminate “Pac Money and Special Interest Money” from all politics! If you love our country, avoid supporting this perverted system of influence.

    I recommend reading Jacob Needleman, he has written a true portrait of the intent of our founding Fathers and our Republic..

  3. Jason says:

    As long as union money is eliminated I am all for it.

  4. judy says:

    Feingold needs to be “pounded”…WHAT HAS HE EVER DONE FOR WISCONSIN???

  5. Barbara says:

    So Jason, you’re for it as long as you agree with the groups, is that it?

  6. Jason says:

    If were taking away the right for corporations and people of wealth to influence an election than we should also strip that right from corporate and government unions. .

  7. Sue says:

    That’s a lot of money to be spending to grab the last 6 undecided voters in WI.

  8. PMD says:

    Dark money is a bipartisan problem. It’s disingenuous to argue otherwise. There is way too much of it in politics and we’ll never eliminate it because both parties benefit from it.

  9. Jason says:

    I am going to leave this site for a while PMD and I have agreed on two articles in one day. It is a sign for me to move on .

  10. PMD says:

    Happy trails Jason.

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