Whom does Ron Kind really represent? If Individual Contributions of $200 or more – as reported by the Federal Election Commission – are any indicator, there’s a 75% chance that Ron Kind does not truly represent the people of Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.
Donors from within close proximity to the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, New York City, and St. Louis areas combined account for roughly 20% of Individual Contributions to Ron Kind this election cycle.
The D.C. Beltway, though, has been particularly kind with their contributions to the WI-3 incumbent. Beltway donors have the distinction of contributing the second highest amount in Total Individual Contributions, the highest amount for Individual Contributions coming from outside the 3rd District.
I was digging through my political archives and I discovered this gem from the 2004 race between Congressman Ron Kind and State Senator Dale Schultz. During a PUBLIC forum at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Ron Kind refused to debate as long as a PRIVATE citizen was in the audience video taping the event. Why is Ron Kind afraid of the public knowing where he stands on the issues? Could it be that he doesn't want to be held accountable for what he says? Afterall, he is well known for telling us one thing when he is back home and then voting in a completely different way once he returns to Washington. Watch and enjoy!
I saw this press release this morning and almost fell out of my chair:
U.S. Rep. Kind: To hold listening sessions across western Wisconsin next week
Contact: Leah Hunter
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) will hold listening sessions across western Wisconsin during the Memorial Day work period to meet with western Wisconsin families and hear their feedback. The listening sessions are open to the public and are intended to give the people of western Wisconsin an opportunity to meet directly with Rep. Kind to discuss concerns or questions they have with the federal government.
There are several reasons why this is exciting news:
Every couple of months I like to visit opensecrets.org to get a reminder of who it is that Ron Kind represents and also to see if there is any new data and statistics. Each time I discover some new information that proves to me that Ron Kind is no longer a representative of the people of Western Wisconsin. He is a representative of the federal government and the special interest groups. Take a look at this statistic showing where Ron Kind's campaign funding comes from: