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Ron Johnson Hit With FEC Complaint For Shady Corporate Funding Scheme

Ron Johnson has tried for weeks to avoid questions about his shady 2010 campaign finance scheme, while also refusing to answer Russ Feingold’s proposed “Badger Pledge” to stop outside money. But last week, the questions got a little harder to dodge after Johnson was hit with an FEC complaint regarding the $10 million “deferred compensation” package he was awarded by his company after spending $9 million of his own money on his Senate race.

As Roll Call reports:

 The seven-page complaint states that Johnson loaned himself nearly $9 million in the months leading up to the election, then disclosed in May 2011 that he had received $10 million in compensation from his Oshkosh-based plastics company, PACUR, shortly before being sworn into the Senate.

Here are just a few of the questions that Ron Johnson is still trying to outrun:

  1.  When was it decided that his company would pay him a deferred compensation amount of $10 million?
  2. Who made the decision to authorize the agreement?
  3. How was the $10 million figure determined?
  4. If the package was agreed to beforehand why didn’t Johnson disclose the compensation agreement on his Personal Financial Disclosure in mid-2010?
  5. Will he provide copies of the disclosures he allegedly made to the FEC, IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue?

“Wisconsin voters deserve to know the truth about Ron Johnson’s shady 2010 campaign finance scheme, and it’s high time he starts answering these questions,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Johnson has spent the past few weeks dodging question after question, but with an FEC complaint now hanging over his head, he won’t be able to avoid the subject forever.”

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