October 5th, 2010
03:47 PM ET
10 years ago

Feingold changes ad after NFL complains

(CNN) - Senator Russ Feingold's campaign is changing an advertisement which ran afoul of the National Football League Tuesday by using real game video without permission.

The Wisconsin senator's campaign commercial shows several fictitious scenes of football players celebrating on the field –and also one real clip of the famous wide receiver Randy Moss.

"In pro football, they call this excessive celebration," the Democratic incumbent intones over the video, saying players are penalized or fined for it.

In the ad, Feingold goes on to accuse Republican opponent Ron Johnson and his corporate backers supporters of the "same kind of behavior," claiming: "they're dancing in the end zone because they think they're going to take down the U.S. Senator who's been named the number one enemy of Washington lobbyists."

The ad, with the Senator walking on a football field with a tie score on the board behind him, says "fortunately the game isn't over yet."

The Moss video was sure to hit home with Packer fans, showing Moss as a Minnesota Viking pretending to "moon" the crowd at Lambeau Field after a 2005 playoff touchdown.

But the NFL wasn't amused. A league spokesman said, "We did not license the footage and have contacted the Senator's campaign about removing it."

A few hours later, the Feingold campaign told CNN "we are making an edit to the ad to accommodate the NFL's concerns."

Polls have shown Feingold trailing Johnson, with a CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll in September showing Johnson with a 51-45% advantage.

Filed under: 2010 • Ads • Russ Feingold • Wisconsin
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Wow is Feingold desparate.

    October 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I see nothing wrong with the ad. It's making a comparison and an accurate one at that.

    October 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    REMOVE it and MOVE on – that's the spirit!!! Don't get the NFL on the wrong side, that CRAP will backfire!!!

    DEMS in CA – STATE the CASE (in a truthful way) and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it – WIN the RACE in November 2010!!! Yes We Can!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 5, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Dan

    We grew up being told republicans play dirty tricks.
    I guess it is time of different politics and the democrats are doing just that!

    October 5, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Dear Russ Feingold, I am praying for you! You go out there and WIN!

    America, what has the GOP done for you lately?

    October 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. malabar

    Shock. a dem not playing by the rules. big wow

    October 5, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Lono


    What has Rusty done for Wisconsin with his 18 years in office – nothing! His signature piece of legislation was shot down by SCOTUS; he's got nothing else to show for nearly two decades!

    October 5, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Feingold has been there 18 years. It's time for hime to move on.

    October 5, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. gt

    i am surprise russ even knows what a football is ... beside he is probably a redskins fan ,, he has been in washinton more than he has been in the badger state....looser !

    October 5, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. You got my vote!

    Wisconsin you need Rus Feingold to help push green jobs bill. Your state is a union state with good jobs and a good school system you would be a fool to throw it away. I moved from Wis to Az an there is a big difference. Our governor think that there our headless body in the desert and Sen. McCain can't remeber what bills he sponsor. You see what I have to put up with. So, Please vote Rus Feingold.

    October 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. red state

    Shock a feindgold being shady. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Is there a democant that is not?

    October 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Eddieboy

    Unfortunately the Dems have been put in a position where they must lower themselves to the level of campaign tactics regularly used by Republican candidates in order to compete. When it comes to obtaining or retaining power to advance their greed motivated agenda the GOP will stoop to any tactic or base level of uncivility.

    October 5, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Lono

    You got my vote:

    Wisconsin needs the "green jobs bill?! You're kidding – right? Fantastic, just what a manufacturing, union labor state needs, a "cap & tax" scheme that will drive the few manufacturing jobs left from the state. A "cap & tax" scheme that will dramatically increase the cost of electricity to consumers, some beyond the ability to pay the utility bill. "Diamond Jim" Doyle has increased taxes for the typical Wisconsinite far enough, thank you.

    October 5, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Lono


    The Dems were forced into low-road campaigning by the GOP?! You’re kidding – right? I guess you haven’t seen too many of Tom Barrett’s ads, eh? BTW: it was the NFL – not Ron Johnson who objected to the ad.

    October 5, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Feingold didn't vote for the (un)Patriot Act and consistently votes against Free Trade agreements that hurt the US workers more than helps. Ron Johnson will be just another republican schill for big business.

    October 5, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx


    October 5, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. jeff, alabama

    If this cat gets elected he will be
    stealing alot more than video footage.

    October 5, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Alan

    It is amazing to me to how many still support the Dems in their failed policies that are breaking this country. At least us Rebubs had the go-nads to throw our losers out when they were screwing up. Come on Dems – Man up and see it for what it is – FAILURE

    October 5, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Marko

    Only the ultra greedy NFL would complain about this little scene. Probably wanted money for it. Pretty soon we will not be able to say any word that has an "N", "F" or "L" in it without their hands out.

    October 5, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Patrick from Minnesota

    Mr. Feingold is just playing by the rules and admitting campaign mistakes. We need more people like him in Washington.

    October 5, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    Russ has not yet even begun to fight! I can't wait for the debate this Friday. Ron Johnson's commercials have been pretty evasive - I'll be surprised if he does anything besides repeating vague promises and talking points and trying to vaguely accuse Feingold of being...what? A Democrat? Strong stuff from someone who's trying to avoid being identified as a Republican! Or anything else. I wonder why...? Pig in a poke.

    October 5, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Ridley Snodgrass III

    Russ Feingold doesn't toady up to Wall St. to my liking. I will NOT have my trust fund lessened by any amount and I will NOT have my family's very significant investments lessened by some senator who wants to even the playing field with China or other cheap-labor nations. Lost your 401K and your house because of Wall St.? Your job because of Wall
    Street-sponsored free trade? Tough toodles. You're poor, I'm rich, and hey - that's life. Ha! Ha! That's why I urge you to vote for Ron Johnson: he knows that it's best to listen to what the rich say.

    October 5, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Rachel

    As a milwaukee resident I will be casting my vote for ron johnson. Milwaukee is the 8th poorest city in the US with a 26.2% poverty rate. Russ has been here 18 years, if you aren't part of the solution you are part of the problem it's time to try someone new. We have had Tom Barrett, Jim Doyle, and Russ running things and things look worse than ever before, and I can't beleive the answer is more government handouts.

    October 5, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Interesting the GOP activists can't spell, don't even know anything about Feingold and think Lobbyists controlling Congress is better than the people. You Republican clone have no clue that Feingold is really the ONLY person in Congress that has fought for campaign finance reform and to reduce the influence of Big $ Lobbyists. Learn the facts FIRST. Then post your opinions.

    October 5, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. rachel

    Good jobs Good Jobs? you got my vote are you kidding currently the largest city in Wisconsin Milwaukee is the 8th poorest city in the US with 26% poverty rate, and the Milwaukee pulbic school system is so bad Mayor Barrett has beign trying to take them over. Russ, Tom, and Jim Doyle are all part of this problem. It's time to try another solution, which doesn't include increasing the number of people on public aid thanks to our welfare system or our badgercare.

    October 5, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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