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Ron Johnson: Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:24

ron-johnsonMADISON - “Ron Johnson plans to 'reintroduce' himself to the voters of Wisconsin, but he can’t run from who he really is - an ultra-conservative Washington Republican who is more interested in taking orders from Mitch McConnell than listening to middle class and working Wisconsin families. And with a long record to prove it.” Harry Hartfield, Spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Don’t take our word for it. Below, in his own words, Sen. Johnson proves just how out of touch he is with the people of Wisconsin. You can learn more about Johnson’s record at

Not only did Sen. Johnson vote to fast track the TPP, but he's referred to disastrous trade deals that ship Wisconsin jobs overseas as creative destruction.

Social security
Johnson called Social Security "a Ponzi Scheme" and believes it's "a shame" that George W. Bush didn't privatize the program immediately before the economic collapse of 2008.

Student debt
Johnson not only opposes efforts to allow students to refinance their loans, but he also completely objects to federal student loans that help young people afford higher education. He thinks federal student loans are "free money."

Foreign policy
Johnson's only plan to combat ISIS is another American-led ground invasion in the Middle East of "25,000 [American] troops, a total coalition of 100,000" – advice he must have received from campaign contributor Donald Rumsfeld.  
Women’s issues
Johnson called his vote to defund Planned Parenthood a "fun" vote and railed against equal pay legislation as doing "more harm than good." He voted against equal pay legislation five times, claiming it could "cause workplace conflict."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 11:29
Ron Johnson Campaign Tour a Map of Outsourced Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:03

ron_tourWISCONSIN - Touting his manufacturing credentials from a factory in Oshkosh, Senator Ron Johnson launched his re-election campaign with a week-long tour of Wisconsin. However, Senator Johnson remained silent on the biggest threat to Wisconsin’s remaining manufacturing jobs, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Sen. Johnson previously supported fast-track authority for the TPP, and has taken a number of other votes that side with the CEOs of multinational corporations over Wisconsin workers.

The route of Johnson’s campaign tour illustrates the devastation that has been wrought by trade policies which stack the deck against Wisconsin workers. The cities Senator Johnson will visit this week have seen as many as one-third of their manufacturing jobs leave since 2000.

“No matter how much Ron Johnson trumpets manufacturing, his failure to oppose rigged trade deals that enable the outsourcing of Wisconsin jobs speaks volumes about whose side he is really on,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “We need Senators who will fight to end the economic treason against working families, and begin to build an economy that expands opportunity for everyone in America.”

Table 1: Manufacturing Jobs and Establishments lost since 2000 For Counties Visited in Johnson Campaign Announcement Tour


Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Percent Change in Manufacturing Jobs, 2000-2015

Change in Manufacturing  Establishments, 2000-2015

Brown County

-3,953 jobs


-2 establishments

Dane County




Douglas County




Eau Claire County




Fond du Lac County




Forest County




La Crosse County




Milwaukee County




Oneida County




Racine County




St. Croix County




Waukesha County




Winnebago County




Marathon County




Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. September 2000 to September 2015, most recent source of the data.

Hassert Convicted, but Ryan, Duffy Refuse To Return Campaign Money PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:52

paul_ryanCurrent Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Sean Duffy have refused to return campaign contributions they received from disgraced fellow Republican and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was sentenced last week to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys.

MADISON - This week, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for providing hush money to cover up his past of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois. While current Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan, was quick to extend the symbolic gesture of removing Hastert's picture from the speaker's lobby outside the U.S. House of Representatives floor last year, five months and one conviction later, Ryan, along with Rep. Sean Duffy continue to refuses to return the donations he received from Hastert over the years.

martha-laning“As a parent, I am truly disgusted by Mr. Hastert’s actions. What he did to these young students and to the trust placed in him by the public is truly reprehensible,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Friday. “We must never turn a blind eye to this kind of behavior or settle for merely symbolic gestures. Any person who has received contributions from Mr. Hastert must do the right thing and return them or give an equivalent amount to charity. "

Dennis Hastert served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, and gave $25,500 to Paul Ryan's campaign through his leadership fund from 1998 to 2012. Hastert's fund also gave $1,000 to Rep. Sean Duffy in 2012. To date, neither have returned the funds or announced any plans to do so. Illinois Republican, Sen. Mark Kirk, announced last June that he would donate a $10,000 Hastert donation to a nonprofit that helps provide after-school programs to children in the area.

"The Courts have done their job to bring Mr. Hastert to justice, now it's time for Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy to their public duty and completely cut ties with the disgraced Speaker by returning his contributions." Laning concluded.

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