November 22, 2005
The Mr. Smith Award - or “Smitty” for short - is named for the classic Jimmy Stewart movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Senator Feingold was honored for his years of work for ethics in government and campaign finance reform, including the enactment of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2001, commonly known as the McCain-Feingold bill.
“Senator Feingold stands alone among elected officials in Wisconsin when it comes to delivering campaign finance and ethics reforms,” Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe said. “A lot of politicians say they are for these reforms, but Feingold has actually gotten some enacted.”
McCabe highlighted some of WDC’s accomplishments over the past 10 years and singer-satirist and Wisconsin Public Television regular Peter Leidy provided musical entertainment. In one of his songs, Leidy offered himself up as Senator Feingold’s running mate in a presidential bid.