DPW Calls on "Struggling" Sean Duffy to Disavow All Outside Spending & Return $5,000 from Citizens United

Jan 15, 2012

Congressman Duffy Should Start By Cleaning Up His Own Campaign for Congress

MADISON – The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today called on “Struggling” Sean Duffy to put his money where his mouth is by disavowing all outside spending in this election and returning the $5,000 he accepted from Citizens United, the special interest group that helped overturn campaign finance reform laws and opened the door to unprecedented outside spending.

Congressman Duffy told the Wausau Daily Herald last week that he would prefer to “take [outside spending] all away.” Duffy, however, is actively promoted by Citizens United, benefited from millions in special interest spending on his behalf in 2010 and has seen at least three senior staffers leave to lobby for special interests.

“If Sean Duffy is serious about cleaning up our elections then he should start by cleaning up his own campaign. Congressman Duffy should return the $5,000 he previously accepted from Citizens United and tell all the outside special interest groups that he won’t accept their support this time around,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Monday.

“It is unacceptable for Congressman Duffy not to stand by his word to the people of Wisconsin, and his record in Washington shows he can’t measure up an inch in Congress to the miles he promises in his district. Whether it’s voting to end Medicare while protecting tax breaks for billionaires, or claiming that he struggles on his $174,000 taxpayer-funded salary, Sean Duffy has been a misleading, ineffective and failed representative for Central and Northern Wisconsin. The people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District need an independent voice for Wisconsin families in Washington. Pat Kreitlow will stand up to special interests and advocate for the people he represents.”