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Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored
Rasmussen ^ | June 8, 2012 | Joe Conason

Posted on 06/08/2012 3:27:08 PM PDT by upchuck

If the Wisconsin recall is truly second in importance only to the presidential race, as many media outlets have trumpeted lately, then why have those same outlets so badly neglected one of that election's most salient aspects?

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov/ Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Yet the national media have largely ignored the fascinating details of that probe -- which has already resulted in indictments, convictions and cooperation agreements implicating more than a dozen Walker aides and donors. Only readers of the local newspapers in Madison or Milwaukee would know, for instance, law enforcement documents have emerged in court during the past few days suggesting that Walker stonewalled the investigation in its initial phase.

The typical reference to the scandal in the national media notes that Tom Barrett, Walker's Democratic opponent, is seeking to "stoke suspicions" regarding the investigation, "in which former Walker aides stand accused of allegedly misappropriating campaign funds."

But the suspicions have been stoked by actual events, not campaign propaganda, including guilty pleas, immunity deals and home raids by law enforcement officials. (Last September, a team of sheriff's deputies and FBI agents raided the Madison home of Cindy Archer, a former top county official who served as the governor's deputy administration secretary until going on extended "sick leave" in 2011.) And Walker's associates stand accused of felonies that go well beyond the mere misuse of campaign funds.

Without close attention to the Wisconsin media, you might not know that a top Walker associate is currently facing charges of embezzling funds from a veteran's charity -- or that Walker's former spokeswoman just became the 13th figure in the scandal to accept an immunity deal from prosecutors.

Indeed, nearly all of Walker's highest-ranking aides and associates from his years as county executive appear to be either facing prosecution or cutting immunity deals to save themselves.

What is easy to learn about the controversial governor is his confrontational attitude toward the state's workers and perhaps his fealty to extremist billionaires like the Koch brothers. From the perspective of Fox News -- whose TV personalities resent the idea that a public school teacher who imparts facts might receive a tiny fraction of what they are paid for broadcasting lies -- these are great virtues that they praise loudly. But in the mainstream media, there has been a curious reticence in exploring the sort of scandal that ought to excite reporters, editors and producers.

Of course, Walker has benefited greatly from the secrecy surrounding the investigation, which began in May 2010 under the "John Doe" rubric at the request of Milwaukee County prosecutors. According to documents that surfaced in court only during the past week, that original decision was due, ironically, to the prosecutors' belief that Walker, then running for governor, might cooperate with them if he didn't have to worry about damage to his own career.

On May 5, 2010, an assistant district attorney filed a court petition asking to initiate a secret probe into the disappearance of thousands of dollars in donations to "Operation Freedom," an annual event for local veterans partially underwritten by county officials. Walker was then the county executive and a Republican candidate for governor who would narrowly win the following November.

If the prosecutors could open the case under the cover of secrecy provided by the state's "John Doe" statute, they hoped to obtain greater cooperation from Walker's office in providing information and documents -- which had not been made available.

"It may be the County Executive's Office is reluctant to provide information to investigators due to a fear of political embarrassment," wrote Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf in the secrecy petition, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The irony of this revelation was double -- not only because Walker has used the investigation's secrecy to avoid answering questions or providing records to the local media, but because he has brushed aside the convictions and immunity deals by claiming that he "initiated" the investigation and cooperated all along.

Not so incidentally, the governor has established his own legal defense fund, into which he has so far transferred at least $160,000 in campaign money. It seems increasingly likely that his biggest problems may still lie ahead.

Meanwhile, however, he has escaped the echo effect that serious national media coverage of the Wisconsin scandal would have inflicted on his immediate fortunes -- and for that he should be grateful to the editors and producers who failed to tell the real story.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: wisconsinshowdown
Kindly refrain from harming the messenger. I just posted Mr. Connason's article.

Wow, how 'bout this? A leftie crying in his beer 'cause the LSM won't report possible corruption by the right.

1 posted on 06/08/2012 3:27:12 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Its hard to believe that the DNC press would not trumpet a scandal like this right when they were trying to recall him.

You’d think the unions and teachers would be standing in front of the cameras around the clock detailing his alleged corruption.

If there were anything to it, aside from maybe law enforcement being used as a political weapon.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 3:35:29 PM PDT by marron
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To: upchuck

I don’t understand....corruption as extensive as Connason’s article states here, and being a Republican at that would not be dropped, omitted, skirted, or any other evasive inference one can come up with by the Leftist butt kissing MSM. It just would not be.

I call BS on this one, and am prepared for whatever bad news comes my way.


3 posted on 06/08/2012 3:36:47 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: upchuck
Growing for two years? I think he means floundering for two years.
4 posted on 06/08/2012 3:39:59 PM PDT by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: upchuck

What is the status of the investigations of liberal voter fraud and Union collusion with Dem party activities?


5 posted on 06/08/2012 3:43:42 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: upchuck

So.....some people Walker knows have been indicted...

...so Walker must be guilty by association?

And how do we know about these investigations, and immunity deals....unless several other people are breaking the law to leak the information?


6 posted on 06/08/2012 3:45:05 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: G Larry

Sorry, I don’t know. I do know that if corruption involves the RATS you’ll never see it in the LSM.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 3:46:32 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: upchuck

When it comes to liberalism, Joe has always been a “ZEN Liberal”....he has a history, so don’t take him too seriously.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 3:48:04 PM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: upchuck

‘’As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov/ Scott Walker from his progressive opposition””

It’s only dark money or dirty money when it is for a Republican.


9 posted on 06/08/2012 3:48:52 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: upchuck

There is less to the story than what Conason is reporting. Yes, a few people are being investigated, some of them from when Walker was the Milwaukee Co. Executive, one lady was convicted of making campaign calls from the office, and then a pair of gay guys, one of whom embezzled money from a fund set up for veterans charities. They were campaign staffers for Walker and then were in the current administration. Walker alerted the DOJ to launch an internal investigation when the financial irregularities first surfaced. And it’s an investigation that’s been dragged out and splashed across the papers in hopes of tainting Walker during the recall.


10 posted on 06/08/2012 3:49:08 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: upchuck

Conason is a hard-core Communist. Period. End of Paragraph. End of Story. Anything he says has ZERO credibility. I can’t believe this story was even published.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 3:49:45 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource
You can't believe it? Don't you realize that Scott Walker is Democrat Public Enemy #1 and that their hatred of him will only grow with his defeat of their recall attempt?

They thought the biased Milwaukee DA was going to hand him over prior to the recall - right now they are holding out hope against hope that it will still happen.

12 posted on 06/08/2012 3:55:26 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Reince Preibus. Cheesehead Revolution to save America.)
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To: Mygirlsmom
In a similar story, South Carolina Demoncrats have continued to harass Gov. Nikki Haley with ethics allegations that have twice been debunked. The only reason it would seem is to fabricate as much smoke as possible to offer what ever damage the Dems can manage on her.
13 posted on 06/08/2012 4:13:11 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Stand for something, or fall for anything.)
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To: upchuck
"It’s the seriousness of the charge that matters", not if it is true or not.


14 posted on 06/08/2012 4:17:54 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: upchuck

Let me start another scandal, Walker is an alien


15 posted on 06/08/2012 4:20:48 PM PDT by dila813
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To: G Larry

“What is the status of the investigations of liberal voter fraud and Union collusion with Dem party activities?”

Many of the dead voters must have been cremated. Enough that the busses carting in people couldn’t make the same day lines soon enough.


16 posted on 06/08/2012 4:28:54 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: upchuck
As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov/ Scott Walker

as opposed to all that bright and shining money poured in from all the unions dues extorted from it's membership, right???

feh...

17 posted on 06/08/2012 4:29:36 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: CMailBag; upchuck

“dark right-wing money “

lol, I thought money was green ... dark= evil, eh? sounds racist.


18 posted on 06/08/2012 4:35:59 PM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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To: John 3_19-21
South Carolina Demoncrats have continued to harass Gov. Nikki Haley with ethics allegations that have twice been debunked.

Gov. Sarah Palin got that treatment to the max in Alaska.

19 posted on 06/08/2012 4:37:16 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: upchuck

I thought Rasmussen was a polling organization. Does he also publish oppinions?


20 posted on 06/08/2012 4:43:05 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: upchuck

Never trust a rat! If I have a weasle working for me, sneaking around trying to get ahead by busting his co-workers, I might act on his information, but at the earliest opportunity, he is out the door!

A drug dealer that kept his mouth shut and did his time, I might trust to handle my money. One that ratted out all of his buddies, no way!


21 posted on 06/08/2012 4:46:44 PM PDT by brewguru
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To: marron
Its hard to believe that the DNC press would not trumpet a scandal like this right when they were trying to recall him.

Oh, they did! No one bought it.

22 posted on 06/08/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: upchuck

There’s nothing there. They’d have nailed him years ago. He’s what you see is what you get. He’s a clean decent guy. Left can’t stand it, that’s why they’ve been digging forever and haven’t found anything but a few issues with people working for him. They didn’t give him up because there is nothing to give up. They could have skated free for evidence but there’s nothing to give up. Nothing.


23 posted on 06/08/2012 5:17:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: upchuck
As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov/ Scott Walker from his progressive opposition

Dark right wing money? Dark? Isn't that, oh I don't know, a bit RACIST?

24 posted on 06/08/2012 5:25:58 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes and dry ice doesn't repel killer bees)
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To: upchuck
Kindly refrain from harming the messenger. I just posted Mr. Connason's article.

I was hoping somebody would come along and explain this "Walker's about to be indicted" meme I've been hearing from PMSNBC and others. Indicted for what? They never say.

25 posted on 06/08/2012 5:27:24 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: WashingtonSource

Correct. If Joe Conason said it was raining I wouldn’t believe it until I checked for myself. He is well and truly scum.


26 posted on 06/08/2012 5:28:04 PM PDT by allblues
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To: upchuck

Joe Connason is one of the worst liberal slime balls alive today. He has always had a problem telling the truth, and this article shows it.


27 posted on 06/08/2012 5:32:14 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate pragmatists!)
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To: upchuck
are you serious posting this crazy man ‘s lies ?

Joe is mentally ill left wing crackpot.

At a Taos restaurant , crazy Joe tried to attack Don Rumsfield and his wife screaming he was a war criminal !

The man is Nuts and Delusional ! Why post this BS?

28 posted on 06/08/2012 5:39:01 PM PDT by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: brewguru

Weasel.


29 posted on 06/08/2012 5:40:59 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: upchuck
Campaign finance is a crime when practiced by Republicans.

There is no such thing as campaign finance law when it comes to Democrats.

30 posted on 06/08/2012 5:54:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a "sarcasm" tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: upchuck

Ol’ Joe’s about a week or 10 days late if he planned to affect the election with this little jewel. Timing is everything, as they say.


31 posted on 06/08/2012 6:22:54 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Terry Mross
I thought Rasmussen was a polling organization. Does he also publish oppinions[sic]?

Yep.

32 posted on 06/08/2012 6:23:25 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: upchuck

Joe Conason - is this idiot still around to spread such drivel???


33 posted on 06/08/2012 6:44:09 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: upchuck
This is probably what Ed Schultz was referring to on election night when he predicted that Walker would soon be indicted.

Rest assured that if there was anything in this that the media could use against Walker, they would have done so with relish before the recall election.

34 posted on 06/08/2012 8:45:17 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Randy Larsen

He’s not only a liar, but he’s MEAN......typical Democrat.


35 posted on 06/08/2012 10:35:12 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: rockinqsranch
I call BS on this one, and am prepared for whatever bad news comes my way.

It strains credibility that they would not have been jumping up and down about this the day before the recall election, if they really had anything.

36 posted on 06/09/2012 4:37:34 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: upchuck
"documents have emerged...suggesting that Walker stonewalled the investigation"???

This investigation is about what, some vague law where dems keep misinterpreting and/or moving the line as usual? Was anyone killed?

Like what Rush says - (paraphrased) it doesn't matter whether or not the accusation has any merit, but "it's the seriousness of the charge that matters" (where Republicans and conservatives are concerned).

37 posted on 06/09/2012 6:19:20 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Cyber Liberty
I was hoping somebody would come along and explain this "Walker's about to be indicted" meme I've been hearing from PMSNBC and others. Indicted for what? They never say.

I think that crap comes from the same place as the "they outspent us 30 million to 7 million" garbage. Some leftist troll pulled it out of his [CENSORED] and the grovelling media are repeating it until they convince enough people it is true.
38 posted on 06/09/2012 5:38:32 PM PDT by Peet (Everything has an end -- only the sausage has two.)
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