October 27, 2016
Once Again, The Wisconsin GOP Calls on State Department to Release Feingold Records
After months and months of stonewall and delay, the State Department is still dodging transparency, hiding public documents from the public to protect Russ Feingold
[Madison, Wis] – It has been 20 months since the U.S. Department of State received a Freedom of Information Act request for public documents regarding Senator Feingold’s time there, yet the Obama Administration continues to stonewall the request, protecting Russ Feingold and leaving Wisconsinites in the dark when they must decide whether they can trust Russ as their Senator in Washington. Despite a promise to release some records before the Election, not one document has been released, and voting is already well underway statewide in Wisconsin.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin sent a letter to the State Department regarding the public records. View the letter here.
“The State Department is shielding the public from the emails and records Senator Feingold kept as he desperately plotted his return to the Senate while serving as a State Department official,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Feingold should be equally upset about this lack of transparency in government, and must immediately call on the State Department to release these records with Election Day just days away, allowing Wisconsin voters to make an informed choice about who will represent them.”
Just as the Department of State worked to protect the poor judgment, corruption and ethical violations of Hillary Clinton, it appears that the Obama Administration is trying to run out the clock on this open records request. If there’s nothing to hide, Feingold should demand their immediate release so Wisconsin voters may review their contents.
The State Department is Protecting Senator Feingold
- Feingold has faced numerous questions over Progressives United, a campaign in waiting that he launched immediately following his loss to Ron Johnson in 2010 to employ his staff, pay for his travel, and buy his book.
- Feingold has also faced questions over violating the Hatch Act by plotting another run for the U.S. Senate while working at the State Department.
- The State Department has received multiple open records requests and continues to deny Wisconsin voters the transparency the law affords them.
- It’s hypocritical for Feingold, who claims to be a champion of transparency in government and campaign finance, to stand idly by as these documents remain shielded from public view.
With the Election Day just days away, and hundreds of thousands of votes already being cast, Wisconsin voters deserve answers from Senator Feingold and the State Department.