Feingold launches progressive PAC
February 16th, 2011
10:53 AM ET
12 years ago

Feingold launches progressive PAC

Washington (CNN) - Russ Feingold, the former liberal senator and icon of the left who was defeated last November, is taking steps to ensure he still has a voice in the progressive movement.

Launching a political action committee Wednesday called Progressives United, Feingold says in a web video that his group will "work to ensure that our elected officials, both Republicans and Democratic, are held accountable to the people and not to the lobbyists in Washington."

The Wisconsin Democrat, who is also writing a book and teaching a constitutional law class at Marquette Law School, said his group will focus on taking steps to combat the Supreme Court ruling last year in Citizens United v. FEC that lifted federal restrictions on corporate campaign contributions. Specifically, the ruling overturned much of Feingold's signature Senate achievement – the bipartisan McCain-Feingold Act that sought to limit the political influence corporations can wield.

"Progressives United is founded in the wake of that disastrous decision to fight back by empowering Americans to take back their right to free speech and fair elections," the organization's website states. "Progressives United aims to build a massive grassroots effort dedicated to mitigating the effects of, and eventually overturning, the Citizens United decision.

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  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Feingold launches progressive PAC"

    You mean "Feingold launches socialist PAC?" That's what "progressive" means: "socialist." And I do so wish the socialists would quit trying to hide behind that euphemism.

    Socialism is a dead or dying philosophy. The economies of countries that still insist on embracing it have collapsed, are collapsing, will collapse, or are having to fight hard to avoid collapsing, and it mystifies my why an American politician would want to impose that fate on the country.

    Centralised control of an economy does not work. It can't. Economies are too complex and too chaotic–it's like trying to control the weather.

    February 16, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Phil

    Go for it Russ!
    Plan of attack - Go after the right-wing extremist liars first. The Palin, Bachmann, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter et al crowd and call them on every lie.

    February 16, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Allan Badiner

    The link to Russ Feingold's new organization Progressives United is not correct.

    February 16, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Alejandro Quinonez

    Long time coming. Please send Info on how to get envolved.

    February 16, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. ReFascistican/ConservaFascists

    Way to stand up for what you believe in Russ. Please fight that Supreme Court ruling that sold our democracy to the corporations.

    February 16, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Grondahl

    Glad he's wading back into the public arena; I knew a brief sway in partisan opinion wouldn't keep Russ down. The man was a career politician in the best sense of the words, not in the negative light that Flavor-Of-The-Week Ron Johnson painted him.

    Russ, I still apologize for the behavior of my fellow Wisconsinites last November, but I'm glad to see that you're still fighting the good fight.

    February 16, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Anonymous

    The link to Progressives United does not work.
    Go Russ...........kick some corporate owned GOP butt.

    February 16, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Rsprings

    So he is becoming a Lobbyist for the Left? Interesting.

    February 16, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Great idea, Feingold... set up a PAC to collect donations from people who really can't afford to make them with money taken from people who really can't afford to give it.

    Yup – that's the "progressive" way.

    February 16, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. John Q.

    Sure, dedicated to the proposition that only Progressive ideologues have a voice. So hypocritical, don't want a company or group to express a political opinion, but you'll sure take their money so a party can say all they want! Rather than worrying about how many commercials may get produced, try limiting how much money the political parties can accept. If people want true campaign finance reform, focus on the Parties and corruption there; something they will never bring up.

    February 16, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |