Iron County Progressive

 Follow The Money and Vote With Your Pocketbook

By Kirk Bangstad

  




Hi Folks, 

So for this week’s update, I’m proud to release the results of the Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC’s efforts to shine a light on the companies in Northern Wisconsin still donating to our Congressman Tom Tiffany, and share the link to our podcast on the same subject which has been beamed to the voters of Northern Wisconsin. 

Our Super PAC first started “following the money” last March, a few months after both Tom Tiffany and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson voted against confirming Joe Biden as our legitimately-elected president and fomented the insurrection against our country on January 6. 

To me, after watching the events of January 6 on TV and subsequently learning how these attacks were coordinated, there isn’t a question in my mind that my Congressman and Senator have betrayed their own country and should be imprisoned for treason. 

And believe me, a few years ago I could never have imagined myself writing that last paragraph.  It still makes me question my sanity by writing such alarming stuff! 

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how precarious our democracy currently is, and how a vast majority of an entire party seems hellbent on destabilizing our government and installing an authoritarian regime. 

This craziness is almost beyond comprehension, yet here we are, and I don't think I've lost all my marbles quite yet (although beer has killed many a marble). 

We at the Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC can’t fix what’s happening in Washington D.C., but we sure can try to help fix Northern Wisconsin, a deep red area in one of only 9 swing states that decides our presidential elections. 

So we’re not going to go lightly on the business owners and doctors who are willfully blinding themselves to the events of January 6 and have continued to donate to our treasonous Congressman.  

We’re going after their companies and clinics. 

If the disastrous Citizens United SCOTUS decision defined corporations as “people,” then those corporations should have to take some heat if the people who run them donate to traitors. 

So if you live “Up North” and you see a company with whom you do business on the graphs above, call them up and give them hell.  

And then vote with your pocketbook. 

We raised money last July for an organization called Wisconsin Progress to hire an organizer in Northern Wisconsin to help recruit progressives to run in county board elections in order to “build a bench”  at the local level. 

Thanks again for donating to support this effort. 

The good news is that we found a great candidate to do this important work.  The bad news is that it took us longer than expected to find this candidate and only have about two months to go before nominations papers have to be turned in to get on the ballots for these super important but often overlooked spring elections. 

We’ve still got time to make a difference, but we’d like to also encourage progressives who live "Up North" to contact their county Democratic Parties and offer to a) run for your own county boards, or b) help find/recruit your awesome progressive neighbors to run. That one phone call of encouragement to your neighbor could be the spark that eventually leads to a vote to keep your local drinking water safe, or a great state assembly or senate candidate. 

And last but not least, here’s a little bit of fun.  

We’re releasing a new beer in December called AOC IPA.  

Although Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted against the Infrastructure Bill that gave us a glimpse of hope that our party can pull itself together to get things done, we’re assuming she only did that because there were already enough votes in the House to pass the bill, and she wanted to prove a point that the bill didn’t go far enough, which is arguably true. 

Regardless, AOC fights the way we think we have to fight in order to get out of this mess…HARD.  And for that we’re honoring her with a beer.

We’re proud of this label and think it speaks for itself, so please take a look

And that’s our weekly round-up folks. We run a progressive business that also raises money for political action, and I try to keep things as transparent as a Super PAC that raises “dark money meant for good” can.  

I maintain that Super PACs should be made illegal, but until they are, we can’t bring knives to a gun fight and must raise money to get the truth out to the hinterlands of Wisconsin, where most of our "news" is misinformation. 

Thanks for sticking with us and "Making Wisconsin Great Again, One Beer At A Time." 

Kirk Bangstad

Owner, Minocqua Brewing Company

Founder, Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC