30 subpoenas issued, search warrants, investigating Gov Scott Walker’s recall Campaign

November 17, 2013
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Ruh roh. Gov. Scott Walker is surrounded.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Walker’s campaign, the Republican Party of Wisconsin and dozens of conservative political groups are the targets of the Milwaukee County probe. Dozens of subpoenas have been issued demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaign to recall Walker and state legislative leaders. In all, about 30 groups have been subpoenaed.

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The report details those targeted: Copies of two subpoenas we’ve seen demand “all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications” both internally and between the subpoena target and some 29 conservative groups, including Wisconsin and national nonprofits, political vendors and party committees. The groups include the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Americans for Prosperity—Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

According to the newspaper, one subpoena also demands “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.”

Follow the money.

Madison.com reports:

 According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, spending in the 2011 and 2012 recall elections by groups mentioned in the article include:

• Right Direction Wisconsin PAC (Republican Governors Association): $9.4 million

• Club for Growth Wisconsin: $9.1 million

• Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: $4.7 million
Americans for Prosperity/MacIver Institute for Public Policy: $4.5 million
The liberal Center for Media and Democracy has tracked millions of dollars that has flowed among these groups in Wisconsin.

In an interview Saturday, the group’s general counsel, Brendan Fischer, described it as a “dark money shell game” in which thousands and in some cases millions of dollars from anonymous donors are moved from one organization to another with the goal of influencing elections.

JS Online reports:

Unmentioned in the editorial is that R.J. Johnson is an adviser to both Walker’s campaign and the Wisconsin Club for Growth.

The newspaper said the subpoenas sought records and fundraising information and were related to the 2011 and 2012 recall efforts against the Republican governor and state senators.

The subpoenas come out of a second, secret John Doe investigation of Walker aides or allies. The first investigation was closed in February, but the second one is ongoing. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on both investigations.

John Doe probes give prosecutors the power to compel people to testify and bar them from speaking about their involvement in the investigations. The Wall Street Journal editorial page reported O’Keefe was willing to discuss his subpoena, saying he “realizes the personal risk but wants the public to know what is going on.”

Search warrants were executed based on affidavits filed by Dean Nickel, according to the newspaper. Nickel served as the special agent in charge for the state Department of Justice’s public integrity unit, and the newspaper reported he has served as an investigator for the state Government Accountability Board.

Just this morning Walker was opining that a governor would be the best choice for a presidential run in 2016.

I know Scott! Maybe you can have all the investigators arrested just as you did protesters, a kid and even a few grannies.

Big thanks to tipster extraordinaire @TomCinmidlife who you can follow on Twitter here. 

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  • SiaraDelyn

    I wonder what will happen when they find out that this guy has been funded by the Koch brothers from the word “go”? Probably nothing. They think the Koch brothers might be the second coming because they are rich.

  • Angela Honadel Jeske

    The amazing thing is that the Republicans think this guy might be a credible candidate for President of the United States. That just goes to show that they know they have nothing. Oh, wait…that was obvious when Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate.

  • Morgan Sheridan

    I hope he and his cronies are brought down low and their whole range of criminal activities gets fully exposed for all of Wisconsin and the rest of the nation.

    • SiaraDelyn

      Wouldn’t that be GREAT?

  • berriesandblood

    Will look good on the resume he trots out for his presidential bid…

  • Jerry Person

    if not for electronic voting machines walker would have lost by a 2 to 1 margin. Only a few nuts and mebers of the criminal justice system voted for walker. he created 32000 private sector jobs creating most f their jobs as Wisconsin assemblyman working for ALEC. It also cost Wisconsin 35 billion since enacted. It was called truth in sentencing. if you want big government and NO small business. support walker the walmart man

  • Steve Miceli

    I wonder how many of his lackeys will go down this time before the mafia like omerta is broken. Once the dam breaks he will be political dead. One must wonder if anyone will have an “accident” though on the way to spilling his or her guts to the feds..

  • ChainUp

    We can only hope that this is the beginning of investigations into the right wing funding machine. The investigation should include focusing on conservative members of the Supreme Court.

    • Doretha Reeves

      From our mouths to God’s ears.

  • TedVothJr

    Suki, is it a good thing that multi-Billionaires from out of state pour millions of dollars in to buy our elections? Shouldnt that be illegal? The investigation is to determine whether crime have been committed. If its likely they have, then charges will be brought. Unfortunately the same people who gave your governor money to buy your vote will give him money to buy super-slick defense lawyers to buy his way out of trial…

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