Netroots Nation: Russ Feingold

MINNEAPOLIS – The former senator from Wisconsin closed the first night of this conference with a calm-yet-passionate speech, read from notes that he looked up and down from. Most of the money lines had been previewed elsewhere, in interviews that followed the launch of the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA. Going the Super PAC route, he said, would cost the Democrats their “soul.”

“It’s not enough to put a ‘D; next to your name and call yourself a Democrat,” Feingold said. “Speech doesn’t corrupt. Money corrupts. And money isn’t speech.”