Nick Novak Quoted by The Daily Beast about Russ Feingold’s PAC

October 22, 2015

The Daily Beast | by Betsy Woodruff

A politician whose name is synonymous with campaign finance reform has some questions to answer about his own accounts.

After five years out of office former Senator Russ Feingold, who co-authored the campaign finance regulations everyone complains about, is mounting a comeback—and his chances look good.

One hiccup, though: the candidate’s relationship with a political action committee that he founded between campaigns has drawn significant scrutiny in his home state.

His latest financial disclosure forms show that more than half of the people on payroll for his Senate campaign previously worked for the PAC—undergirding the charge that it may have had more to do with securing his political future than with furthering progressive ideals.

“It’s no surprise to see a Washington political insider say one thing and then come back to Wisconsin and do the complete opposite,” said Nick Novak, spokesman for the conservative MacIver Institute. “I would even venture to say that it’s a bit hypocritical of Russ Feingold to set up this type of slush fund for his campaign-staff-in-waiting when he spent the better part of two decades in D.C. trying to restrict this type of activity.”

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