Who’s on Feingold’s side? Update: 2nd AFL-CIO employee in ad?

posted at 12:55 pm on August 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Russ Feingold makes a lot of noise about lobbyists and their influence in Washington DC.  In his latest ad, “On Our Side,” Feingold argues that he acts on the side of regular folks against the special interests that plague the Beltway.  And who does Feingold use as a surrogate to show just how opposed he is to special-interest lobbyists?  A lobbyist from the AFL-CIO:

The Wisconsin GOP sees this as a revealing moment:

Earlier this month, as part of his ongoing election-year re-invention, Russ Feingold released an ad called “On Our Side,” featuring what are supposed to be ordinary Wisconsinites praising Feingold for siding with them. But who is Feingold siding with? As it turns out, one of the people featured in the ad is high-powered AFL-CIO lobbyist Joanne Ricca.

“Did Russ Feingold really need to spend all that money on an ad to show off that he sides with the lobbyists and special interests over the people of Wisconsin? Or did the big unions just want some screen time as payback for more than a million dollars in campaign contributions? Either way, Russ Feingold is making it pretty clear who he really sides with at the end of the day,” said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. …

Contrary to his well-tailored image, Sen. Feingold has been a long-time favorite of lobbyists and special interest groups and has consistently stood with them on liberal pieces of legislation such as card check. Feingold has repeatedly told the voters of Wisconsin that lobbyists have “tainted” the system in Washington and he would work to “limit special access.” But having lobbyists star in his campaign commercials and accepting more than one million dollars in Union PAC contributions throughout his career in the Senate shows a different — and more accurate — side.

Better watch this ad while you can. Something tells me it will get pulled in the near future.

Update: Did they shoot this ad in the AFL-CIO office?  The first woman in the ad is almost certainly Linda Sadowski, who works in “the office of the President.”

Good catch in the comments by reshas1.


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Yes, if you vote for Russ Fiengold you will get what you deserve.

Tommy_G on August 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Tommy_G on August 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Don’t leave McCain out of that equation!

MadDogF on August 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Marxist lobbying doesn’t count. I think it’s like eating ice cream standing up. The calories don’t count.

RBMN on August 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Oops. Unforced error on behalf of the Feingold campaign.

If Ron Johnson can capitalize on this, he can start putting this race outside the margin of fraud we’re likely to see coming out of Milwaukee and Madison with homeless people getting smokes for votes and college students registering and voting several times.

teke184 on August 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM

He used to be a stand up guy. He almost lost his first re-election bid because he vowed to only spend $1 for each resident of Wisconsin.

He was one of those guys I disagreed with on policy but would still vote for because he was honest and upfront about what he stood for. He personally wrote a letter back to my wife after she wrote his office asking him not to vote on a piece of legislation. He said he respected her opinion and laid out an actual argument for his position. It was refreshing.

BadgerHawk on August 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

OT:Harry Reid:The War is Lost

Joe Biden:Harry’s wrong

ConservativePartyNow on August 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

It’s not like she is a lobbyist-lobbyist.

myrenovations on August 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM

In liberal pretend-world, unions are not special interests. In fact, anyone or any organization that contributes large sums of money to Democrats is not a special interest, really. If it’s a financial institution or organization, it may be referred to as a special interest if necessary for optics (as long it keeps the money flowing to the Democrats).

See?

SlaveDog on August 23, 2010 at 1:08 PM

He would NEVER lie to anyone…he’s a Democrat, after all!!!

search4truth on August 23, 2010 at 1:12 PM

BadgerHawk on August 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

I’ve had correspondence with Feingold in the past and he is a decent guy, I’m just diametrically opposed to his ideology.
In a related point, is Johnson even doing any campaigning? Not that I care if I have to listen to 3 months of political ads but you don’t here anything coming from the Johnson campaign here in the central part of the state. I don’t even think most people know who he is.

lowandslow on August 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM

lowandslow on August 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM

He just came out of nowhere – I had never even heard his name prior to him receiving the convention endorsement. I was hoping Wall would win the nomination, but he never gained any traction.

I’m guessing he’s waiting to wrap up the primary before going after Feingold. There’s still some other guy running against him for it (Wall did the right thing by dropping out and letting support pool around the stronger candidate). And yeah, Feingold’s a decent guy, but his political philosophy is helping to drive the country off a cliff. It’s time for him to go.

BadgerHawk on August 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM

It’s not like she is a lobbyist-lobbyist.

myrenovations on August 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Its a she ?

macncheez on August 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM

“But having lobbyists star in his campaign commercials and accepting more than one million dollars in Union PAC contributions throughout his career in the Senate shows a different — and more accurate — side.”

Here’s a question I’d be itching to ask Feingold: Was Joanne Ricca compensated, or was another entity paid, for her work in appearing in the campaign ad?

Dusty on August 23, 2010 at 1:46 PM

It’s not like she is a lobbyist-lobbyist.

myrenovations on August 23, 2010 at 1:07 PM

It doesn’t matter whether Feingold got money from her, as long as he didn’t sleep with her. /Democrats

Steve Z on August 23, 2010 at 1:48 PM

It’s almost as if the Democrats have found a kindred spirit in the Islamic concept of Al-Takeyya.

In Democrat-ese, it translates to “I’ll take ya!”

Fallon on August 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Politics in America:
The Right Wing Attack on the
American Labor Movement
by Joanne Ricca, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Hopefully, this summary can serve as a framework
for a larger, continuing discussion on how to challenge and defeat the Right.
Prepared by:
Joanne Ricca

Joanne Ricca going down the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO web site memory hole in 5…4…3…

pain train on August 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Don’t worry, Wisconsin! Russ Feingold has got your back!

Makes it easier for him to place the knife there!

pilamaye on August 23, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Seems like they are getting stupider(is that a word?)…

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:09 PM

http://wi.aflcio.org/statefed/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=264d348a-db5f-4745-b9d9-c8db40c2bea0

Check out office staff, I think that 1st chick is Linda Sadkowski, Office of President at the AFLCIO…

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

This just keeps getting better. The advertisers on Joanne Ricca’s AFL-CIO website reads like a veritable who’s-who in the left-wing lobbying world:

Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare
“We will embrace opportunities to move our issue at a national level while evaluating and coordinating efforts to institute single payer reforms in the various states.”

The Apollo Alliance:

Our Mission

The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution

In The New Apollo Program guide outlines its board who’s membership includes, wait for it…

None other than Van Jones!

Regular folks indeed.

pain train on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM


BINGO!

pain train on August 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

[pain train on August 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM]

Did you read either of them? I scanned them and most of it is the typical socialist tripe and convenient ignorance of history, though it’s nice to see her so open in her hatred of the American ideals.

There’s a few things that are weird. One, they put their messages in pdf form rather than laying them out for anyone to read. Two they put them in cryptic file names and without extension so you have to figure them out. Three, a 7 page pdf is 1.5Mb and a 7 page pdf is 0.135Mb. The former doesn’t have any graphics that might make it so large, so is it a glitch of some kind?

Dusty on August 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM

This is the very definition of a gaffe – when a politician accidentally says something truthful.

UltimateBob on August 23, 2010 at 2:24 PM

pain train on August 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

They couldn’t find any “regular” folks… LOL

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Dusty on August 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Both of them are PDF files (just add the extension to the file) and, yes, both of them are boilerplate left-wing hate.

It looks like one of my comments was eaten but look at the advertisers on Ricca’s web page; it’s a who’s-who of left-wing causes.

For kicks I clicked on one, the Apollo Alliance, and lo and behold, who’s on the board of directors?

Our old pal Van Jones.

Regular folks indeed.

pain train on August 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM

http://wi.aflcio.org/statefed/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=264d348a-db5f-4745-b9d9-c8db40c2bea0

Check out office staff, I think that 1st chick is Linda Sadkowski, Office of President at the AFLCIO…

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

OMG, you have a good eye! You’re absolutely right, it’s she!

Good grief, the Feingold campaign couldn’t find any people in that entire state to complain on camera about the nefarious influence of powerful special interest groups except assorted bigwigs for…the most powerful special interest group of all?

leilani on August 23, 2010 at 2:47 PM

(Wall did the right thing by dropping out and letting support pool around the stronger candidate).
BadgerHawk on August 23, 2010 at 1:26 PM

If no one knew who Ron Johnson was, then how was he the stronger candidate?

indccc on August 23, 2010 at 2:57 PM

He used to be a stand up guy.

BadgerHawk on August 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Well he is just plain arrogant now. He did a town hall here this sumer and was indignant when my husband asked him about voter fraud and asked him about presenting photo ID to vote. He said we don’t have a problem. Well what the hell was Milwaukee all about?!! I lost respect for him years ago.

wi farmgirl on August 23, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Well what the hell was Milwaukee all about?!!

Exactly. When you’ve got documented cases of people giving smokes to homeless guys for votes, a Dem House member’s son slashing the tires of Republican Get Out The Vote vehicles, and the city’s mayor requesting more ballots than the number of people living in the city, it easily adds up to Milwaukee’s political scene needing an enema.

teke184 on August 23, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Great stuff. Feingold’s only claim to decency has always been that at least he’s honest. Undermining that so clearly turns him into Dennis Kucinich with a better wardrobe.

Jaibones on August 23, 2010 at 3:36 PM

BINGO!

pain train on August 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Hat tip to pain train

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Once again, right on cue during the election cycle, the progressives disappear into the shadows and adorn the media with cynical, disingenuous suggestions that they are really heartland conservatives – unleashing their token “heartland” puppets to disguise the reality of their George Soros financed radicalism.

This progressive game is as predictable as a sunrise.

rickyricardo on August 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Did they shoot this ad in the AFL-CIO office?

awwww, Russ, c’mon–you can do better than this weak sauce. Or, maybe not.

ted c on August 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Check out office staff, I think that 1st chick is Linda Sadkowski, Office of President at the AFLCIO…

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

wow. nice catch.

ted c on August 23, 2010 at 4:58 PM

This progressive game is as predictable as a sunrise.

rickyricardo on August 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Yeah but we ain’t buying it anymore. Russ thinks he’s a maverick too, and that use to endear him to the quirky independents but even those people are thinking he’s been around long enough. Time for new blood.

wi farmgirl on August 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM

In liberal pretend-world, unions are not special interests. In fact, anyone or any organization that contributes large sums of money to Democrats is not a special interest, really. If it’s a financial institution or organization, it may be referred to as a special interest if necessary for optics (as long it keeps the money flowing to the Democrats).

That sums it up elegantly, thank you!

YehuditTX on August 23, 2010 at 6:00 PM

If there was anything at that link it’s been scrubbed.

sjramos on August 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

I’ve sent an email to his office; curious to see if/when I receive a reply.

Badger91 on August 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Ya know only one person sounds like thye are from WI. That the younger woman with Dark hair. Everyone else accent sounds wrong.

Gracelynn on August 23, 2010 at 8:17 PM

campaign@russfeilgold.org

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 8:22 PM

jricca@wisaflcio.org
lsadkowski@wisaflcio.org

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 8:25 PM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/feingold-i-wont-be-done-i_n_692386.html

I rest my case on Feingold’s arrogance…

wi farmgirl on August 24, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Interesting, Linda Sadowski’s name and picture have mysteriously vanished from the wi.alfcio.org site.

Shocking.

jjrakman on August 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Here’s another little Wisconsin gem….from the Waukesha County Tech. College I believe. I think people can see right through this Maverick….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–C_9ri6tO4

wi farmgirl on August 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Interesting, Linda Sadowski’s name and picture have mysteriously vanished from the wi.alfcio.org site.

Shocking.

jjrakman on August 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

figures.

wi farmgirl on August 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM

http://wi.aflcio.org/statefed/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=264d348a-db5f-4745-b9d9-c8db40c2bea0

Check out office staff, I think that 1st chick is Linda Sadkowski, Office of President at the AFLCIO…

reshas1 on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Note. They pulled all the pix and staff listings…

Dandapani on August 24, 2010 at 9:24 PM