WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold has raised more than $130,000 in less than a week for the nine Democrats running in Wisconsin's recall elections. The fundraising is an indication of the strong investment in the race from progressives around the country and the former senator's ability to harness the energy of the grassroots.
Feingold's political action committee Progressives United sent an email to its supporters on June 2 asking them to donate $36 to help defeat the GOP state senators who backed Gov. Scott Walker's (R) legislation that stripped public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
"The energy is on our side. Now is the time to do everything we can to change the course in Wisconsin," read the solicitation. "With your help, Progressives United will support every single Democratic candidate on the ballot in July. We only need to elect three new state senators to stop Scott Walker's radical agenda permanently."
According to the PAC, the donations for the recall candidates came from more than 2,400 individual donors around the country.
"With the kind of support we are seeing for the Democratic recall candidates, the runaway Walker agenda can end in July," said a Feingold aide.