Politics certainly makes for strange bedfellows, and that was certainly the case earlier this week, when Sen. Russ Feingold’s reelection campaign released a new radio ad, and along with it, a press release touting Sen. Feingold’s frugality. Among the groups singing Sen. Feingold’s praises were Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, and the Club for Growth, all of which are known for their decidedly conservative leanings:
The conservative group Americans for Prosperity, the “nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity” and a major backer of the Tea Party movement, praises Feingold, saying “I applaud Senator Feingold for voting against the 2009 Omnibus Spending bill and truly respect his principled stand against wasteful earmarks.”
FreedomWorks, another conservative organization, called Feingold a “true fiscal conservative” and praised him for being the only Democratic vote against a 2005 pork-laden bill.
The conservative group Club for Growth rated Feingold the “top scoring Democrat” in its 2007 RePORK Card that scores members of Congress on their record of eliminating wasteful pork-barrel spending. In 2009, the Club for Growth also noted that Russ tied with or scored “better than thirty-nine Republican senators.”
The fact that the Club for Growth rated Sen. Feingold higher than 39 Republican senators – all of whom no doubt claim to be champions of fiscal responsibility – speaks volumes about the work Sen. Feingold has done to find ways to cut wasteful spending in our federal government.