This week the DSCC is launching a sustained campaign to demand answers to questions surrounding Ron Johnson’s shady campaign finance scheme from 2010. Since the beginning of the campaign, Johnson has tried to avoid the topic of campaign finance altogether, dodging numerous questions about his shady 2010 scheme, and refusing to accept Russ Feingold’s “Badger Pledge” to keep outside spending out of Wisconsin.
In his 2010 campaign, Johnson infamously self-funded his campaign to the tune of $9 million, and then was conveniently awarded a $10 million “deferred compensation” package from his plastics company just after his election. That’s right, Johnson appears to have coordinated a scenario where his company spent $9 million on his own campaign.
After months of dodging questions, Ron Johnson needs to come clean to Wisconsin voters. Here are five questions that are still looming for Ron Johnson:
- When was it decided that his company would pay him a deferred compensation amount of $10 million?
- Who made the decision to authorize the agreement?
- How was the $10 million figure determined?
- If the package was agreed to beforehand why didn’t Johnson disclose the compensation agreement on his Personal Financial Disclosure in mid-2010?
- Will he provide copies of the disclosures he allegedly made to the FEC, IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue?
“Ron Johnson has been dodging questions about his shady campaign finance scheme for years, and the voters of Wisconsin deserve the truth,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC National Press Secretary. “Ron Johnson’s refusal to answer simple questions about his potentially serious campaign finance violations won’t last forever despite his attempts to stay silent and the longer he waits to come clean the worse it will be.”