The Commonwealth Club of California presents former U.S. Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI). Feingold discusses his political career and current events in the news. Widely known for his efforts to spur campaign finance reform during his 18 years as a U.S. senator, Democratic Feingold was the only senator to oppose the Patriot Act of 2001 and the first to propose a concrete timetable for the dissolution of American troops in Iraq. He is also a major opponent of financial deregulation and controversial trade agreements, cosponsor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, and founder of Progressives United, an organization formed to combat the results of the Supreme Court’s contentious ruling on Citizens United v. FEC. In Feingold’s forthcoming book, While America Sleeps, the former senator offers his account of what he sees as America’s recent mistakes and advances a realignment of objectives designed to build a successful global future."
Senator Russell D Feingold
Senator Rus Feingold is from Wisconsin; born in Janesville, Rock County, Wis., March 2, 1953; graduated, Janesville Craig High School 1971; graduated, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1975; attended Magdalen College, Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar and received a graduate degree in 1977; graduated, Harvard University Law School 1979; admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1979 and practiced law in Madison, Wisc. 1979-1985; visiting professor, Beloit College 1985; member, Wisconsin State Senate 1983-1993; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1992; reelected in 1998 and in 2004 for the term ending January 3, 2011.
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold speaks out against the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. "This was truly one of the most strange and wrong decisions in the history of this country", says Feingold, and he argues that the Supreme Court has rendered precedent useless.
Russ Feingold, former Senator of Wisconsin, discusses the state's contentious politics and the coming recall election. Republican governor Scott Walker is at risk of losing his gubernatorial seat, Feingold is confident Walker will face a stiff Democratic challenge.