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Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, regarded as liberal but independent during his three terms in the Senate, says he is starting a "progressive" movement to support like-minded candidates and fight the influence of corporate money in campaigns.

Feingold, who was defeated in his bid for reelection in November, has rejected calls from some liberal voices to challenge President Obama as a candidate of the political left in the 2012 Democratic primaries. Instead of returning to electoral politics, he said in a new video he's forming Progressives United, a group that will have a political action committee to raise money and back candidates that "uphold our progressive ideals."

"As progressives, it's time we made our voices heard," the 57-year-old lawyer said.

Best known as co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law, Feingold made it clear that countering corporate cash will be a focal point. His reform law was was undermined by last year's Supreme Court Citizens United opinion, which removed most barriers to spending by corporate and union interest on campaign advertising. Feingold called it "one of the most lawless decisions" in American history.

"Our fight is not over," he said. "Together we'll start a movement."

Feingold's organization says it will will push back against the flood of business money going largely to Republicans, and aim at "eventually overturning the Citizens United decision," The Hill newspaper reported.

Feingold, a graduate of the Harvard Law School, took a job teaching law at Marquette University in Milwaukee after leaving the Senate. He lost to conservative businessman Ron Johnson, who was supported by the tea party movement.

Watch the video, courtesy YouTube.

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foosielucy

I WAS BORN IN 1940
I WENT TO A FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL
I WENT TO A FREE HIGH SCHOOL
I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GO TO A FREE COLLEGE
OF COURSE THIS WAS NYC BEFORE.....
I BECAME AN EDUCATOR AND WORKED VERY
HARD TO PRODUCE SOME DOCTORS AND OTHER
SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS BUT THERE WERE FAILURES
WHAT WAS MINE? I AM FAR FROM RICH BUT I HAVE
A CONCSCIENCE....STUFF IS VERY BAD NOW.
I WANT TO HIDE IN ROOM AND WAIT FOR IT ALL
TO GO TO PIECES - I FEEL IT WILL === SOON!
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY WONDERFUL COUNTRY????
GREED PERHAPS AND POLARIZATION BY THE CHURCH????

February 24 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mdelacerda

How do I join !!

February 18 2011 at 12:16 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Karl Hammerle

Mr Feingold is just reviving an old cover name for Socialist or liberal. The policies espoused by Mr. Feingold and others of his ilk can more correctly be described as oppressive, not liberal or progressive as they envision state control of everything and everyone as the ultimate goal.

February 17 2011 at 4:10 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
jjjohnblack055

ialbel6:04 PM Feb 16, 2011
Sure, Unions gave no monies or very small amounts of money towards favorable candidates. Does anyone believe that tripe? Who could possibly dispute the notion that unions are in bed with left wing politicians? Why did Obama give shares in GM to the unions? It is all too obvious isn't it? The unions reaped billions when GM had its recent IPO while the real stockholders only had worthless certificates to paper their walls with. Yes, to all those pro-union posters ...the unions have such high moral purpose and standards ...gag!

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More of your usual paranoia. So I would guess that the big businesses and corporations aren't in bed with your republicans right? After all look at all of the legislation that the US congress has proposed since they took office nearly seven weeks ago? How much of it actually benefits the average American citizen? NONE! And where are the jobs that they were going to focus on like a lazor? And Bohner is giving them the week off next week so that will make 8 weeks of stalling and do you know why? Because they have no plan to create them. And why can't you conservatives admit that the GM turn around is a success story? How many people would be added to the unemployment lines right now if it hadn't succeeded? If the republicans had their way this company wouldn't even exist today and countless numbers more people would be unemployed. And what do we have to thank for this? Union concessions the things conservatives fail to mention. And who is reaping the rewards of all the legislation your republicans are proposing today? Certainly not the average American citizen. So what is your cut in this since you seem to favor the republicans balancing the budget on the backs of middle class America and looking out for the rich? And this is your idea of high moral standards? You are a joke plan and simple. So take your so called highly educated self somewhere and try and find the one thing you can never be taught or that you can't buy and that is common sense and logic because you are sorely lacking both.

February 17 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
jejmjr67

More polarization of America. Now will Nancy Pelosi call this group astroturf instsead of grass roots like she did with the Tea Party, I doubt it. Perhaps Russ Feingold can become the Rand Paul of this movement. I wonder if the MSM and the Bill Maher types will vilify them like they have done to conservatives. Will Feingold be treated like Sarah Palin because he saw the handwriting on the wall and didn't run again because he knew he would be defeated? I can't wait to see how this turns out.

February 17 2011 at 12:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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lightysgirl

Depends on rather they use the same hate, terroristic, race baiting and irrational and uneducated leadership as a part of their movement. Some how I doubt it.

February 17 2011 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Condley

Without the corporations spending money to educate the public on capitalism this nation would go down the socialist toilet. Thank God for the Supreme Court. The only problem is it may be too late. In the next five years, and when the nations interest payment on the debt consumes all tax revenues, maybe these "Progressives" will get the message. And by that time most of our nation's corporations will have left the country as well as the wealthy of us who are sick and tired of all the moochers and big government.

February 17 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Dave!!!

Come on in Russ, since you didn't seem to learn on your own, we Tea Party folks will be glad to educate you on the issues this country was founded on!

February 17 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Randy Ziebarth

Congratulations Russ! I'm totally on board with you...let me know when and how I can contribut eto the Progressives United cause!!

RZIEBARTH in Dallas, TX

February 17 2011 at 11:03 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
eleanorfred

I`m with Senator Fiengold. I beleive, that , Pres. Reagan started our problems, long ago. With doing away with the common peoples, rights, we have been in a tail spin, fighting to keep our heads above water. I will back him, all the way.

February 17 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jwyola

Glory Be!!!!!!. A liberal, hopefully, has finally come out and is willing to debate Progressive v. Conservative issues, and not be beholden to the name calling, character assasinating leftists who are afraid to publish their political philopsphies. Congratulations Mr. Feingold in allowing the American people to able to evaluate the political positions of each respective movement, and to decide in a reasonable manner how we wish to be governed

February 17 2011 at 10:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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