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Former Sen. Russ Feingold Endorses Protest Movement

In an interview with Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent, progressive former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) offered strong praise for the protests, saying, “I’m really encouraged by what I’m seeing.” “People around the country are finally organizing to stand up to the huge influence of corporations on government and our lives,” he said. Feingold, who has formed a new group to counter corporate influence over politics, said, “This kind of citizen reaction to corporate power and corporate greed is long overdue,”and rejected the notion that the protests don’t have a coherent message:

“The American people are saying, wait, we have the boot of corporations on our necks, and we’re sick of it. This is a significantly coherent message at the beginning of something like this.” […] “This is a populist movement based on genuine suffering and fear,” he said. “Anyone who really lives out in working America knows that people are feeling very scared. This movement would probably not have this fuel if not for that reality.”