Russell Dana "Russ" Feingold, born March 2, 1953 (age 70), is the former Democrat junior United States Senator from the state of Wisconsin, who was defeated by conservative Republican Ron Johnson in the 2010 election. Feingold served in the senate from 1993 until 2011. He ran again in 2016 for the Senate seat against Johnson, and he was widely expected to win as he consistently led in the polls and raised more money than Johnson. However, in a surprise upset, Johnson won the election.
Feingold was the named co-author of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Act, which (in the opinion of Conservapedia administrators) infringed on the First Amendment right of free speech.
Feingold was given a 93% rating by NARAL.
He was the only Senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001, comparing it to Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus and the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II.
Feingold was the first senator to call for a specific date for troop withdrawal of U.S. forces in the Iraq War on August 17, 2005. When President Bush pointed out a specific timetable would play into the terrorists' hands, Feingold stated that "not talking about endgames" was advantageous for the terrorists.
- ↑ Meyer, Theodoric (November 9, 2016). Johnson upsets Feingold to keep Wisconsin Senate seat. Politico. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- ↑ http://www.russfeingold.org/civil_liberties.php
- ↑ https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/17/AR2005081701778.html