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New Polls Bad News for Sen. Johnson, Kochs PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:44

ron-johnsonMADISON - Last week saw two new polls on the Wisconsin Senate race – a new Marquette University Law School poll and a Public Policy Polling survey.

The results of both polls look much like the results from 17 other public polls on this race.

  • Russ Feingold is leading Senator Johnson

  • He’s ahead 51-42 among likely voters in Marquette

  • He’s ahead 51-41 in PPP

But there’s one big difference this time.

Since the conclusion of Wisconsin’s spring elections and presidential primary in April, outside groups have moved into Wisconsin in a very big way.

  • The outside conservative groups Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners Action Fund, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Let America Work and Judicial Crisis Network have all run TV ads either attacking Russ Feingold or promoting the Koch Brothers’ “model legislator” Senator Johnson.

  • These outside groups have outspent the Feingold campaign by a margin of 5 to 1, bringing nearly $5 million in corporate and special interest money into the race on behalf of Senator Johnson.

A $5 million corporate and special interest-funded advertising blitz is a pretty major investment. And we’re sure both the Koch brothers and Senator Johnson expected to see some returns.

But, as the Cap Times reported: after nearly $5 million in false and misleading dark money attacks on Senator Johnson’s behalf, his allies have failed to move the needle in Johnson’s favor. In the face of a relentless ad blitz by the Koch network and other outside groups, Russ has actually extended his lead amongst likely voters by 6 points since the last MU poll: 51-42.

It’s been widely reported that Senator Johnson has essentially outsourced his own campaign to groups from outside of Wisconsin in the hopes their money can breathe life into his low-energy campaign. If these early reports are any indication, that outsourcing is working as well for the senator as his outsourcing policies have worked for the people of Wisconsin.

Of course, if the Koch brothers can’t keep Senator Johnson in Washington, he can always ride Donald Trump’s coattails.

 
Join PFAW for ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate’ Launch PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by People for the American Way   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:44

donald-trumpARLINGTON, VA – On Wednesday, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta will join People For the American Way (PFAW) to mark the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and launch PFAW’s new campaign, ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate.’

Since June 16th of last year, when he infamously described Mexican immigrants as “rapists” at his campaign launch, Trump has only increased his attacks against immigrants and Latinos. Starting on Thursday, new Spanish-language ads from PFAW will run for four weeks, highlighting Donald Trump’s campaign of hate thus far.

The press conference on Wednesday, co-hosted by CASA in Action (Virginia), will include more details on the ad launch. At the event, Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner, will share her story about why she’s becoming a citizen to vote against Donald Trump. She will discuss her personal interactions with Donald Trump, including how he derogatorily referred to her as “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy.” Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and is a board member of PFAW, will discuss the importance of the Latino vote and speak out against the hate Donald Trump has displayed over the last year. Virginia leader and former elected official J. Walter Tejada will focus on the Latino vote in Virginia, and leaders from PFAW and CASA in Action will speak about their stand against Trump’s bigotry.

WHO: Alicia Machado, former Miss Universe winner and soon-to-be first-time voter

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation*, board member of People For the American Way

J. Walter Tejada, former Arlington County Board member and first chairman of the Virginia Latino Advisory Commission

Lizet Ocampo, manager of political campaigns at People For the American Way and director of PFAW’s Latinos Vote! program

Luis Aguilar, advocacy and elections specialist of CASA in Action

WHAT: Press Conference: Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta Join PFAW for ‘Donald Trump’s Year of Hate’ Launch

WHERE: Atlacatl Restaurant, 4701 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204

If you are not able to attend in person, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for video of the event.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15th at 1 PM

*Dolores Huerta’s title and affiliation to the Dolores Huerta Foundation are for identification purposes only.

 
Ron Johnson’s Beltway Blunder - "The Immigration Edition" PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:59

rjMADISON - Sen. Johnson made so many missteps this week it was hard to choose just one. He continues to support his pal “The Donald,” despite the presumptive Republican nominee’s racist comments, and now he’s ducking reporters' questions rather than denouncing Trump. But rather than remind readers of Sen. Johnson’s love of all things “Trump,” we wanted to highlight his out-of-touch comments on immigrants.

Johnson has campaigned on the slogan of “walls work” when it comes to immigration. But in an interview with WCCO, in his home state of Minnesota this week, he went one step further, stereotyping millions of hardworking Americans. Referencing Trump’s plan to deport 11 million immigrants Johnson said, “Who is going to milk cows in Wisconsin? Who is going to pick vegetables in California, roof our homes, build our homes, clean our hotels?” Someone should remind the Senator that 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.


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Last Updated on Friday, 10 June 2016 11:09
 
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