Russ Fiengold of the Democrat became known for reforming campaign finance. On October 6, he outlined a number of initiatives to add heft to coordination between third party organizations and campaigns. The Democrat also said that the 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups which are involved in elections must disclose their donors. It is clear that he continues in his reform activities.
Fiengold is a former senator who served for three terms, defended McCain-Feingold law. This law stopped individuals from giving huge political donations to the parties. This is termed soft-money ban. The US Supreme Court, however, in its decision concerning Citizens United overturned the law’s other parts, thus smoothing the path for unions and corporations to spend large amounts of money in the elections with scant restriction. He believes that this decision will soon be overturned.
Feingold prefers the Congress to pass laws which need full political donation disclosures. He is of the opinion that political coordination must be under “criminal penalties”. This kind of coordination was subjected to an investigation which analyzed Governor Scott Walker’s campaign. He also favors transforming Federal Election Commission to a kind of administrative agency. The latter has now been deadlocked in a tussle between Democrats and Republicans.
Reforming the system
Fiengold, at present competing against Ron Johnson, the Republican US Senator, alleged that the latter loves the current campaign finance system. The former also declined to grade Johnson of his performance during his office term. The Democrat, who once taught at Stanford University, Marquette University and Lawrence University, said that his teaching days are over. Johnson defeated him in 2010.
The Democrat has portrayed himself as a person who regularly travels and listens to voter concerns. He said that Johnson prefers to lecture people and make PowerPoint presentations as the latter was once a CEO. He also said that the Republican was not in touch with current affairs and feelings of ordinary people in the state.
Feingold has denied Republican accusations that he broke federal law when he planned the Senate run while he served as special US envoy to Africa while in US State Department. Republican operatives along with their conservative allies want his emails while he worked in that particular federal post. Feingold said that he followed all laws, adding that he had not tried running for his constitutional office while he worked with State Department. He said that people have asked him while walking if he will run for the Senate.