Skip to comments.The Latest Allegations in Wisconsin Are Much Ado About Nothing
Posted on 06/20/2014 5:35:46 PM PDT by iowamark
Todays revelations about local prosecutors claims that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups in a criminal scheme are much ado about nothing.
Why? Because federal district court Judge Rudolph Randa already enjoined the prosecutors investigation, saying they were trying to criminalize the political speech of the governor and conservative organizations in violation of the First Amendment.
In fact, Judge Randa called the prosecutors appeal of his injunction order frivolous. Despite the excitement by some over the fact that amongst the documents unsealed today by a federal judge is an email from Gov. Walker to Karl Rove, Judge Randa said in a previous order that the prosecutors interpretation of the law was simply wrong, noting that the prosecutors were pursuing criminal charges against the plaintiffs for exercising issue advocacy speech rights that on their face are not subject to the regulations or statutes the defendants seek to enforce.
What these unsealed documents provide is simply more evidence that local prosecutors were attempting to prosecute First Amendment-protected activityspecifically political speech on issuesby conservative organizations and to curtail the speech of someone they considered a political enemy. As Wisconsin Club for Growths attorney, Andrew Grossman, said, what these documents actually show is how local prosecutors adopted a blatantly unconstitutional interpretation of Wisconsin law that they used to launch a secret criminal investigation targeting conservatives throughout Wisconsin.
There is nothing illegal about coordinating political speech on important issues. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out, in January another judge, Gregory Peterson, also quashed subpoenas the prosecutors sought because as the judge said, coordination by candidates and independent organizations is prohibited only when it involved express advocacy on behalf of candidates. According to Judge Peterson, there was no evidence of express advocacy. In other words, Walker and conservative groups were free to coordinate on the important issues Wisconsin was dealing with, from its looming budget deficit to limitations on public sector unions that Walker successfully pushed through the state legislature.
In short, there was no criminal scheme, there was no violation of the law, and the prosecutors had no basis for pursuing their investigation, which was a fishing expedition that violated the most basic norms of the Bill of Rights.
I can't wait for Walker to run For POTUS..
This absolutely false story was slanted by the AP (Awful Press) and picked up as gospel by every media outlet, including Fox Radio News and Fox News on TV. Gov. Scott should sue every one of them for slander.
They got The Hammer....... they are trying to get Walker.
A strong offensive that exterminates prosecutors is necessary to make the lesson. False prosecution is harmful to your health and well being
The original headlines achieved everything they were intended to achieve.
The Washington Post ran 17 stories in 24 hours over this.
By throwing accusations, though they know they can’t get a conviction, they CAN lay down big speed bumps and that’s what this is about——> stall Walker before he can get any momentum going.
What’s the Prosecutors name? Perhaps we should see about HIS coordination efforts.
The drum beaters and spearcatchers will dance until they get lowbrows dancing with them.
The guilty party is John Chisolm, the Milwaukee DA. He has a right hand hatchet man named Bruce Lundgren
There is a civil suit against the prosecutors by the Club for Growth for violation of civil rights. It has the potential to eviscerate the prosecutors.
We all might consider contributing to the Wisconsin Club for Growth to help with their legal costs.
Time to accuse the prosecutor of something he didn’t do..then let him spend the next to years proving he didn’t.
Another explanation of the witch hunt against Walker.