Skip to comments.John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of 'criminal scheme'
Posted on 06/19/2014 11:19:47 AM PDT by massmike
Madison Prosecutors allege that Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and '12, according to documents unsealed Thursday.
In the documents, prosecutors lay out what they call a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws by Walker, his campaign and two top deputies R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl.
The governor and his close confidants helped raise money and control spending through 12 conservative groups during the recall elections, according to the prosecutors' filings.
The documents include an email in which Walker tells Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, that Johnson would lead the coordination campaign. Johnson is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall elections.
"Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities)," Walker wrote to Rove on May 4, 2011.
A federal judge unsealed the court documents Thursday as part of a lawsuit attempting to halt the secret investigation into the so-called John Doe probe into the recall elections.
The lawsuit was brought by Wisconsin Club for Growth and one of its directors, Eric O'Keefe. They allege the probe has violated their First Amendment rights to free expression and persuaded U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa to halt the investigation, at least for the time being.
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the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and ‘12????
What’s 0bama doing?
THE goal of the left is to criminalize opposition.
Of course! Mary Burk’s supporters are gonna throw everything at the wall to see what sticks!
Funny how many conservatives are under investigation for the crime of being conservative.
he’s being palinized
will the real John Doe step up and ask the suit be dismissed!
Be kind of funny if everyone’s computer crashed last week.
The judge had already seen the emails, and his ruling found that the coordination -- to the extent that it even existed -- did not violate the law.
Remember this suit was brought by supporters of Walker. They wanted the documents to be unsealed because they were being subpoenaed to produce evidence by the Secret Prosecutors on the basis of secret evidence.
Attorneys for Wisconsin Club for Growth said it was prosecutors who had violated the state’s election laws.
“These documents show how the John Doe prosecutors adopted a blatantly unconstitutional interpretation of Wisconsin law that they used to launch a secret criminal investigation targeting conservatives throughout Wisconsin. That legal theory has now been rejected by two courts,” said Andrew Grossman of Baker Hostetler, the law firm representing Club for Growth. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and this is a story that needs to be told to prevent more abuses and to hold the John Doe prosecutors accountable for violating the rights of Wisconsinites.”
Ted Stevens, Sarah Palin and Tom Delay being case studies A B and C.
Who else? I know there are others but can’t recall.
Wait a minute. Didn’t I read not too long ago that a judge angrily dismissed the prosecutors and all of their “evidence” re: Gov Walker?
Call The Hammer.
One of the primary motivations of the IRS targeting was to coordinate with the DOJ to prosecute conservative activist groups.
They are dropping the veil. I wonder daily whether we’ll resolve this without bloodshed.
Sounds more like what they did to Dinesh D’Souza for daring to have an opinion.
If Walker runs and Gowdy doesn’t then I’m voting for him.
Imagine how differently the headlines would read if this had involved Republican prosecutors making legally baseless allegations about a Democrat governor in order to investigate liberal groups.
A mere five months later, the general election was a cakewalk for Barack Obama.
What's up with that? LOL! :)
That headline is blatantly misleading
Too bad Obama is not bound by the laws of the State of Wisconsin.
Love how the lib media writes headlines like this (with “criminal” blaring in headline). Whereas things like the IRS scandal go like: ‘IRS turns over thousands of emails; Some unrecoverable.’
The way this is going Hillary will have no one to run against.
After Romney lost, there were names at top of list: Gov McDonnell (Prosecuted), Gov Christie (Bridgegate, Feds still investigating), Gov Walker (Being Prosecuted)...
Obama & Holder are like third world dictators, prosecuting political opponents.
Heard the tail end of the news last night - something about Tom Delay’s appeal which he won being overturned. This is getting to be ridiculous.
“I wonder daily whether well resolve this without bloodshed.”
It might be decades hence, but I’m sure we’ll have another civil war in this country.
Out government is waging very nearly a war against 1/2 the population, that’s not really going to continue without active resistance.
Oh, I’m not worried. I’ve been following this and know of the judge’s ruling. :)
It’s just so d@mn annoying. I wish the GOP had this same Take No Prisoners attitude!
More John Doe nonsense aimed at Scott Walker. (The headline is misleading.)
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
More propaganda BS.
I thought prosecuters prosecute. If he’s at the heart of an illegal scheme, prosecute. Otherwise, if these are federal prosecuters, find something else to do. The IRS perhaps. Or help the Attorney Generals of Nevada and Idaho (? bordering state) open a federal grand jury to investigate Harry Reid.
"The accusation of any wrongdoing written in the complaint by the office of a partisan Democrat District Attorney by me or by my campaign is categorically false. In fact two judges, in both state and federal courts, have ruled that no laws were broken. This is nothing more than a partisan investigation with no basis in state law. Its time for the prosecutors to acknowledge both judges orders to end this investigation. Now my Democratic opponents will use these false accusations to distract from the issues important to the voters of Wisconsin."
Other than a handful of Reps and Senators, it would appear that most Republican politicians are among the most naive individuals in the world and they for sure have no street smarts. Nothing is ever over with the Democrats and the Republicans just don’t seem to get it.
Regarding Delay, this issue has been going on since 2002. Seems like he has pretty much been minding his own business and staying out of the limelight so not sure what prompted this latest ploy other than Democrat politics raising its ugly head in Austin. They just never go away. We’d be a whole lot better off if Mexico would annex Austin.
Will be interesting to see what happens in Austin when Abbott and Patrick - who both appear likely to win in November - take over for Perry and Dewhurst.
Tom Delay for Speaker!
Tom Delay for Speaker!”