Russ Feingold on Ethics

Last Updated : Dec 17, 2010

Summary

Senator Feingold was a sponsor of the well known McCain Feingold campaign finance regulation bill.  He has strongly supported a public financing system for the President and has expressed disappointment that President Obama did not use the system in the election.

Recently, Senator Feingold has to supported the DISCLOSE Act.

 

Comments on Campaign Finance Reform

In July of 2009, Senator Feingold was asked about the challenges to McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation.

 

In Support of the DISCLOSE Act

 

Fiscal Discipline, Earmark Reform, and Accountability Act

In 2009, Senator Feingold released the Fiscal Discipline, Earmark Reform, and Accountability Act. This legislation required that if one Senator objected to an earmark, a 60 vote majority was required to keep that earmark.

In April of 2010, Senator Feingold wrote an op-ed where he discussed how earmarks and corruption were related.

 

2010 Re-Election Website Statements

 

 

 

Voting Record

On year Moratorium on Earmarks

In March of 2008, the senate voted on an earmark put forth by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. The amendment would have enacted a one year moratorium on earmarks for the 2009 fiscal year. The measure failed to pass in a 29-71 vote. Russ Feingold voted in favor of the one year earmark moratorium.

Russ Feingold voted in favor of the one year earmark moratorium.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007

In January of 2007, the Senate voted to pass the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 by a 96-2 margin. The legislation enacted ethics rules for Congress and lobbying. Russ Feingold voted in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.

Russ Feingold voted in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.

Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002

In 2002 Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 which is better known by the names of its main sponsors John McCain and Russ Feingold. The legislation made changes to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to limit the use of "soft money." It passed the Senate 60-40 in March of 2002. Russ Feingold voted in favor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).

Russ Feingold voted in favor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3295; DISCLOSE Act - Cosponsor

A set of rules relating to the amount of money that can be donated and the disclosure requirements surrounding that money.

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3335; Earmark Transparency Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require the Secretary of the Senate, the Senate Sergeant of Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives to begin the development of a single free public searchable website that specifies certain identifying information relating to each request by Members of Congress for congressionally directed spending items or limited tax or tariff benefits (congressional earmarks).

Session-110; Bill Number-S 453; Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections.

User Comments