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Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:04 PM

UPDATED: John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of 'criminal scheme'

Source: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

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Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/federal-judge-unseals-hundreds-of-documents-in-john-doe-probe-b99295017z1-263839791.html



Prosecutors allege Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker part of ‘criminal scheme’

Newly released documents show prosecutors are alleging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups.

Prosecutors say Walker, his chief of staff and others who worked for him were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.

Read more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/prosecutors-gov-walker-part-of-criminal-scheme/2014/06/19/6b8de66c-f7db-11e3-8118-eae4d5b48c7d_story.html

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UPDATE:

Prosecutors: Walker's Campaign 'Tacitly Admitted' Breaking The Law


ERIC LACH – JUNE 19, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

In court documents unsealed on Thursday, a prosecutor accused Gov. Scott Walker's (R) campaign of "tacitly" admitting to breaking Wisconsin law.

The assertion was included in a document originally filed in state court late last year by special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, who was appointed in October to oversee a secret "John Doe" investigation of the 2011 and 2012 recall elections in Wisconsin.

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"Movants argue that 'coordination' of political activities that do not arguably involve express advocacy cannot be a crime under Wisconsin law," he wrote. "These arguments fail to recognize or misinterpret Wisconsin statutes, administrative rules, and G.A.B. formal opinions. Movants have also ignored controlling Wisconsin case law. Indeed, in their submissions, movants - FOSW, Citizens for a Strong America, Inc. (CFSA), Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Inc. (WMC) and Wisconsin Manfacuturers & Commerce-Issues Mobilization Council (WMC-IMC), and Wisconsin Club for Growth (WiCFG) appear to have tacitly admitted to violating Wisconsin law."

Schmitz's filing was part of the documents made public Thursday in connection to a federal lawsuit against the state prosecutors that was brought by Wisconsin Club for Growth. Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa issued a sharply-worded ruling ordering the prosecutors to halt the investigation. In language that later shocked campaign finance experts, Randa wrote that Wisconsin Club for Growth had "found a way to circumvent campaign finance laws, and that circumvention should not and cannot be condemned or restricted." Schmitz and the other prosecutors involved in the John Doe investigation have appealed Randa's decision.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/prosecutors-scott-walker-campaign-tacitly-dmitted

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Reply UPDATED: John Doe prosecutors allege Scott Walker at center of 'criminal scheme' (Original post)
DonViejo Jun 2014 OP
randys1 Jun 2014 #1
Plucketeer Jun 2014 #2
dembotoz Jun 2014 #3
Cal33 Jun 2014 #20
MillennialDem Jun 2014 #34
mojowork_n Jun 2014 #21
elfin Jun 2014 #31
LeftInTX Jun 2014 #35
Omaha Steve Jun 2014 #4
hue Jun 2014 #23
alp227 Jun 2014 #5
dembotoz Jun 2014 #40
lark Jun 2014 #6
Stuart G Jun 2014 #7
groundloop Jun 2014 #8
laserhaas Jun 2014 #17
Iliyah Jun 2014 #9
sybylla Jun 2014 #10
Half-Century Man Jun 2014 #38
Enthusiast Jun 2014 #13
QuestForSense Jun 2014 #11
Enthusiast Jun 2014 #14
pa28 Jun 2014 #12
Demeter Jun 2014 #15
Doctor_J Jun 2014 #16
DonViejo Jun 2014 #24
Stuart G Jun 2014 #18
Ellipsis Jun 2014 #19
hue Jun 2014 #22
Jackpine Radical Jun 2014 #37
CTyankee Jun 2014 #25
Rhinodawg Jun 2014 #26
CTyankee Jun 2014 #28
Rhinodawg Jun 2014 #30
cantbeserious Jun 2014 #27
Bandit Jun 2014 #29
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #32
Louisiana1976 Jun 2014 #33
Ellipsis Jun 2014 #36
Festivito Jun 2014 #39

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:05 PM

1. First of all, of course he was...but how sweet would it be to get this rat

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:08 PM

2. Bury this RAT! nt

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:09 PM

3. 1/2 the damn state will vote for him even if he is in orange

blindly obedient fox viewers

a couple of assistants will go to jail and he will get re elected

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:02 PM

20. It's hard to believe that so many Wisconsonites are so willing to do themselves in! Don't

 

they recognize a first-class sociopath when they see one?

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Response to Cal33 (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:37 PM

34. No, that's what makes sociopaths so dangerous

 

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:08 PM

21. They spend so much money to make us all THINK that's what will happen.

Kind of like the worst horror movie of all time.... Oligarchs Meet THE BORG:

"Resistance is futile."


But maybe no, not each and every time?


There has to be some value to having the facts out in public, for the record, so people really do have the opportunity to decide for themselves.


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Response to dembotoz (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:02 PM

31. Yes, you are right

Burke will not capitalize on this as she should.

I HATE HATE hate the Weasel and what he and his ilk have done to Wisconsin -- and also to Milwaukee.

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Response to dembotoz (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:40 PM

35. I graduated from high school in Wisconsin 40 years ago

I looked up a former classmate on Facebook. OMG!!! The guy sounded as red as the Texas Tea Party.

He wasn't that way in high school. The Wisconsin progressives were responsible for our excellent education. Texas on the other hand didn't even have mandatory air conditioning in schools until 1986. (Kinda like the Texas prisons)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:19 PM

4. The busy Gov. that....


Had the time to take the call from the Koch brothers (on tape)

Transcript and video here: http://host.madison.com/transcript-of-prank-koch-walker-conversation/article_531276b6-3f6a-11e0-b288-001cc4c002e0.html


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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:10 PM

23. Yeah this is a classic, but had NO EFFECT on most Wisconsinites!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:19 PM

5. This has got to be instant campaign ad material for Mary Burke.

Mary Burke and national Democrats, GET. TO. WORK.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 07:58 AM

40. she won't go there

the party has determined that a dem lite (very lite) candidate is what makes them the most comfortable

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:30 PM

6. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!



How sweet it is.

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Response to lark (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:38 PM

7. I love your expression ...made me laugh too...great post....nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:41 PM

8. So.... Karl Rove was involved - any chance of him being prosecuted?


Damn this is getting juicy. Too bad Scotty's not already in jail though, he's already done too much damage to Wisconsin.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 02:59 PM

17. Fat chance. He's above the law and will continue to be (until he hurts, rather than helps GOP).

 

But - one can always hope!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:42 PM

9. I still think gov walker tampered with the recall

voting ballots.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:57 PM

10. Actually, no.

We had recounts all over the state for the supreme court race and several of the recalls. Not one turned up any such evidence. I and those like me who participated in these recounts know it's not possible to do what you are saying in the state of WI.

Even in Waukesha where Kathy Nikolaus fucked shit up so badly, there was no proof of what you're saying.

Continuing to undermine faith in our electoral system with unsubstantiated claims only serves to deter participation, and I know you don't mean to do that.

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Response to sybylla (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 06:23 AM

38. Do you know who supplied the vote tabulators we fed our ballots into?

Any interruptions in the data streams? Even for as little as 60 seconds?


Millions flowed into Wisconsin to help Snotty with his recall, some of it was spent on fairly well done ads. Was all of it?

I have absolute faith in our electoral system. I do not have faith in networked systems, which have proven time after time, to be vulnerable to cybernetic manipulation. Paper ballot all the way.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 02:23 PM

13. Me too.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 01:59 PM

11. Rover knows from experience that it's always better to have a moron at the top

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Response to QuestForSense (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 02:24 PM

14. Yes. Much can be accomplished. Wars and stuff.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 02:09 PM

12. Keep in mind the recall election made exposed him for the crook he is.

We had some very sensible Democrats on this site explaining why the recall was a waste and would hurt us in the next election.

Too often we focus on looking forward instead of backward and Republicans walk off with zero accountability as a result. If we'd made Dick Cheney accountable for his actions he would be spending more time trying to keep his saggy ass out of legal trouble and less time trying to remodel himself as an elder statesman.

Good things happen when you put some heat on these people.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 02:27 PM

15. Please, God! I'll never ask for another thing

 

Not even true love and marriage to a fine faithful husband....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 02:27 PM

16. this is the last thread on this I will recommend

 

Why doesn't anyone look around before posting yet another thread?

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:20 PM

24. I perform a site search before I post...

any article. There wasn't an OP containing this article according to my first search and the second search which I performed before responding to you. If you have a link to an article in LBN, please provide it. Or, you could always file an alert, thereby saving yourself the trouble of having to enter your, "this is the last thread on this I will recommend. Why doesn't anyone look around before posting yet another thread?" comments.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 03:40 PM

18. K and R..no text..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 03:51 PM

19. KABOOM !

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:09 PM

22. I wonder if anything will come of this? I'm soo numb from hoping for justice for soo long!!

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Response to hue (Reply #22)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 07:35 PM

37. I'm still waiting for Fitzmas.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:24 PM

25. And next Guv up: Chris Christie!

Hope they both get tossed...bastids...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:37 PM

26. Don't forget...Bachmann and her dancing partner Marcus...

 

are STILL under investigation by the feds.

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Response to Rhinodawg (Reply #26)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:48 PM

28. Oh, yes...dear Michele that evidently doesn't know that Libya is in Africa...



'memba that "What next, AFrica?" remark of hers during the Libya revolt...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #28)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:01 PM

30. And for more Michele Bachmann's greatest hits....

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:42 PM

27. Thank You For Sharing

eom

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 04:59 PM

29. IMPEACH the Bastard

See we can hollor IMPEACH just as well as Republicans..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:03 PM

32. Thanks for posting this, DonViejo. Hope the Teflon Weasel can't get around it. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 05:22 PM

33. Excellent post. K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 19, 2014, 07:17 PM

36. kick

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jun 20, 2014, 06:23 AM

39. As a business venture: minor loss or net gain?

It would be nice to RICO his wealthiest donors on this one.

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