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Senate Race Turns To Accusations Of Corruption

Johnson, Feingold Supporters Point Fingers Over Money

Russ Feingold and Ron Johnson
Morry Gash/AP Photo

With the general election less than two months away, Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race has turned to candidates accusing each other of political corruption.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s campaign and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin held dueling conference calls Tuesday with reporters to point out their grievances.

Sen. Johnson’s campaign used its call to accuse opponent Russ Feingold of having political conversations as a State Department employee and having what they called a “legalized slush fund” for his political staff when he wasn’t in office.

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“We have a lot of unanswered questions, which he has done nothing to help explain,” said Brian Reisinger, Johnson campaign spokesman.

Democrats called for Johnson to explain deferred compensation from his former employer, claiming he illegally used the compensation to fund his campaign.

“Sen. Johnson has failed to answer even the most basic questions about his $10 million golden parachute,” said Kory Kozloski, Democratic Party of Wisconsin executive director.

Both campaigns called the accusations against them political posturing.