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John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of 'criminal scheme'
jsonline.com ^ | 06/19/2014 | Patrick Marley and Daniel Bice

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: scottwalker
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1 posted on 06/19/2014 11:19:47 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike; afraidfortherepublic

Uht-Oh.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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?


3 posted on 06/19/2014 11:25:35 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
well...WE knew, it was gonna happen.
(the Marxists, hates/loathes real Conservative/
Constitutional freedoms)

4 posted on 06/19/2014 11:26:01 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: massmike

THE goal of the left is to criminalize opposition.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 11:27:25 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: skinkinthegrass; TribalPrincess2U

Of course! Mary Burk’s supporters are gonna throw everything at the wall to see what sticks!


6 posted on 06/19/2014 11:28:38 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: massmike

Funny how many conservatives are under investigation for the crime of being conservative.


7 posted on 06/19/2014 11:28:42 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: massmike

he’s being palinized

will the real John Doe step up and ask the suit be dismissed!


8 posted on 06/19/2014 11:37:50 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: massmike

Be kind of funny if everyone’s computer crashed last week.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 11:37:56 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Not really.

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.

10 posted on 06/19/2014 11:41:31 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: massmike

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.”


11 posted on 06/19/2014 11:43:48 AM PDT by februus
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To: MrB

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.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 11:47:07 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: massmike

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?


13 posted on 06/19/2014 11:48:22 AM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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Call The Hammer.


14 posted on 06/19/2014 11:49:21 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: tanknetter

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.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 11:49:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: silverleaf

Sounds more like what they did to Dinesh D’Souza for daring to have an opinion.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/01/dinesh-dsouza-indicted-for-campaign-finance-fraud-181784.html


16 posted on 06/19/2014 11:52:11 AM PDT by RaveOn ("No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie." Lamar Keene, "True Believers")
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To: massmike

If Walker runs and Gowdy doesn’t then I’m voting for him.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 11:54:44 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: massmike

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.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 11:55:52 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: massmike
What REALLY fascinates me about the recall election is that it was in June 2012, and it was a blowout for the Republicans.

A mere five months later, the general election was a cakewalk for Barack Obama.

What's up with that? LOL! :)

19 posted on 06/19/2014 12:07:49 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Bubba_Leroy

That headline is blatantly misleading


20 posted on 06/19/2014 12:10:45 PM PDT by Homer1
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