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Yesterday, news broke that Tammy Duckworth will have to undergo a trial in 2016 over her controversial tenure at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duckworth “allegedly retaliated against” two VA whistleblowers and is now being sued.


Duckworth had no comment on the trial: "Neither her congressional office nor her campaign office returned messages seeking comment."

However, in April Duckworth Said “I Have Been A Very Effective Administrator… I’m Proud Of The Work That I Did At The State Of Illinois Department Of Veteran’s Affairs.” (WFLD, 4/10/15)

In Addition To The Trial, A 2009 Audit Found Major Instances In Which The Illinois VA Failed To Properly Comply With Federal Law, State Law And Internal Regulations...

In June 2009, Illinois Auditor General William Holland Released A Compliance Examination Of The Illinois Department Of Veteran’s Affairs Covering June 30, 2006 to June 30, 2008.
(Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs,” 6/30/08)

NOTE: Duckworth Served As Director Of The Illinois Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Between December 15, 2006 and February 6, 2009. (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” For The Two Years Ended June 30, 2008)

The Audit Found Seven Major Instances Of Non-Compliance And Mismanagement.(Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)

According To The Report, The IL VA “Did Not Maintain Adequate Internal Controls Over Travel.” “The Department did not maintain adequate internal controls over travel.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)

According To The Report, The IL VA “Did Not Exercise Adequate Controls Over Employee Attendance.” “The Department did not exercise adequate controls over employee attendance.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Comply With The Department Of Veterans Affairs Act Regarding An Annual Review Of The Benefits Received By Illinois Veterans.”“The Department did not comply with the Department of Veterans Affairs Act regarding an annual review of the benefits received by Illinois veterans.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Comply With The National Guard Veterans Exposure To Hazardous Materials Act.” “The Department did not comply with the National Guard Veterans Exposure to Hazardous Materials Act.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Inaccurately Compiled And Reported The Activities Of Its Veterans’ Service Officers.” “The Department inaccurately compiled and reported the activities of its Veterans’ Service Officers.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
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According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Enforce Compliance With Its Grant Agreements’ Requirements Regarding Timely Submission Of Required Reports.”“The Department did not enforce compliance with its grant agreements’ requirements regarding timely submission of required reports.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)

According To The Report The IL VA “Did Not Report Certain Financial Information To The Office Of The Comptroller Through The Financial Reporting Process.”“The Department did not report certain financial information to the Office of the Comptroller through the financial reporting process.” (Illinois Auditor General, “Compliance Examination: State Of Illinois Department Of Veterans’ Affairs - Report Digest,” 6/30/08)
NRSC | June 16, 2015 |
Washington -Today, the NRSC released a new web video highlighting Senate Democrats’ efforts to filibuster troop funding over increased spending for Washington bureaucrats.

Senate Democrats have called efforts to fund our military a ‘waste of time’ at a time when ISIS is gaining ground in the Middle East and Russian President Vladimir Putin continues test America and our allies.



“It’s irresponsible and dangerous for Senate Democrats to filibuster funding for our troops because they want to send more money to the IRS,” said NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek. “Protecting the safety of American families and our service members shouldn’t be a partisan political issue, but unfortunately Senate Democrats are playing partisan games and their behavior is endangering our national security.”

SCRIPT


Lester Holt: Turning overseas now where ISIS has overrun the city of Ramadi.

Bill Neely: Today Ramadi is held by the world’s biggest terror group and it will be tough to retake.

Brian Todd: Analysts say Putin believes he can do anything he wants in Ukraine.

Scott Pelley: Bob, the President’s facing a world of trouble.

Bob Schieffer: The Secretary of State is flying around almost nonstop from one crisis to another.

Voice Over: In a world that is becoming more dangerous, Senate Democrats are playing politics.

Melissa Francis: A critical defense bill hitting the senate floor despite Democrats threat to filibuster.

Voice Over: Harry Reid and Democrats are holding our military hostage, refusing to give their support unless they get to waste more on Washington bureaucrats.

Bob Schieffer: I think that we are in a very dangerous time right now, even more so perhaps than at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Maria Bartiromo: Despite the fact that that defense spending bill meets the funding requirements called for by the President himself.

Voice Over: Tell Senate Democrats: It’s time to lead.

BACKGROUND...

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV) on S.1376, the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act: "I think it really is kind of a waste of time."
(Sen. Reid, Press Conference, 6/2/15)

Democratic Leaders Are Threatening To Block Bills To Fund The Government, Including Funding For Defense And Veterans.“To maintain their leverage, Democrats have decided to block all spending bills starting with the defense appropriations measure headed to the floor next week. Durbin told reporters on Tuesday that there is also no ruling out a blockade of program authorizations, like upcoming votes on highway funding. … Schumer, joined by Reid and Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, (D-Ill.), set out in recent days to rebound from weeks of party division over White House-backed trade legislation to sell the image of Democrats as a single, unbreakable force. He said his colleagues are resolute and will not buckle when Republicans soon test their unity by bringing up for votes popular defense and veterans spending bills.” (Kelsey Snell and Paul Kane, “Democrats Prepare For Filibuster Summer,” The Washington Post, 6/10/15)
NRSC | June 16, 2015 |


The godfather of campaign finance, Russ Feingold, has been using his political action committee, Progressives United, to pay his staff to sit around rather than donate to any candidates.

Washington Free Beacon reported:

Longtime campaign finance reform proponent and former Sen. Russ Feingold (D., Wis.) founded a political action committee that has given just 5 percent of its income to federal candidates and political parties.

It has spent more than $7.1 million, but nearly half of the proceeds have gone to “raising more money for itself.” Feingold, a top aide and eight former staffers have also received a sizable amount.
Feingold’s Progressives United PAC, whose purpose is aimed at supporting progressive candidates whose values align with the PAC’s, has allowed the majority of its budget go to raising money for itself and paying former Feingold staffers.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who originally broke the story, elaborated, saying:

Feingold's PAC spent $7.1 million to generate a little less than $2 million in direct and indirect financial support for federal candidates and political parties.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director commented on the story saying,

"It is the ultimate hypocrisy that Mr. Campaign Finance ... (took) millions from unsuspecting donors to pay himself and his friends to sit around before launching another desperate campaign," Fadness said via email.
As a proponent of PAC regulations, it is hypocritical for Feingold to allow his PAC to raise large amounts of money to simply pay people to wait around for the announcement of his next campaign.

This story follows the news that Russ will be flying back out to California to teach at Stanford until mid-November.

It must be pretty difficult to run in Wisconsin while living in California.

However before heading back to California, Feingold will be attending a fundraiser hosted by former Playboy CEO, Christie Hefner. Washington Free Beacon said of the event:

Hefner is holding the reception for Feingold at her Chicago home. The least expensive tickets cost $1,000, but $2,700 co-host tickets and $5,400 host tickets are also available.
The pricey event will be held in Illinois. This is not the first time Hefner will be helping Feingold. She also donated "$2,500 to Feingold, most of which came during his failed Senate campaign in 2010."

Hypocrite Russ Feingold will be raising money in Illinois with Hefner, living and teaching in California, and running for Senate in Wisconsin all while trying to have it both ways using PAC money.
NRSC | June 15, 2015 |
As the senatorial elections approach, Democrat Feingold, a long standing campaign finance reformer, must renounce his previous views, changing his 2015 strategy.

The Hill reports:
Feingold has frustrated liberals in the past by running on the principles of his campaign finance reform law and turning away financial help from national Democrats and outside groups.
There’s been an explosion of campaign spending since Feingold last ran for office, but he opens himself up to charges of hypocrisy if he accepts outside help.
In addition to going back on his previous values, Feingold refuses to change his outdated agenda—one that costed him the election in 2015.

The National Journal explains:

[Republicans] say they will make the next contest a rerun of the last race, believing a politician who has yet to recant his old agenda will have a tough time convincing voters they made a mistake when they threw him out of office the first time.
If Senator Feingold does not admit he was wrong, then that means he thinks the voters were wrong," said Betsy Ankney, Johnson's campaign manager. "Telling Wisconsinites they were wrong is a surefire way to lose an election.
Clearly, Feingold has no intentions of altering his previous agenda of expanding the power of the government. However, he will do what needs to be done: a true manipulating politician.

The Wisconsin State Journal quotes Senator Johnson saying:

"Sen. Feingold is a professional politician," Johnson said. "He really thinks, I believe, that the seat belongs to him."
Moreover, Feingold has relocated to California since he lost the election in 2010. His unfamiliarity will serve as a large advantage for Johnson.

The National Journal reports:

In their view, Feingold's outreach effort isn't a sign of changed candidate as much of a politician who has had to reacquaint himself in a state he has lost touch with.
All in all, Feingold faces a difficult road ahead facing claims of ideological hypocrisy, unchanging agendas and regional disaffiliation.
NRSC | June 12, 2015 |
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