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Friday, June 20, 2014

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. The documents were filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging the probe by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. They were ordered publicly released Thursday by a federal appeals court judge after prosecutors and the Wisconsin Club for Growth did not object. One of the filings from prosecutors outlines previously unknown details about the investigation that began in 2012 as Walker was facing a recall election. 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.

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Things that make ya say Hmmmmmm...

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-06-19 02:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

NBC News covering this, lots of local Wisconsin stations are covering this, USA Today...but where's the rest of the big cable news? CNN? MSNBC? FOX?

news.google.com

Drudge Report and now the Drudge Retort got it covered.

BTW, I ------- hate MSNBC's new web lay out. Absolutely grotesque. Who needs giant photos? You have to scroll down for 20 minutes just to get a run down of the daily headlines. Their presentation is almost as disgusting as their bias.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-19 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme"

Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-19 02:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Prosecutors allege all kinds of stuff about people. Post something when you get a indictment.

#4 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-19 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

not much details in the articles from Rsty's #2

we'll see what comes of it.

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-19 02:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Scott Walker Witch Hunt II

#6 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-19 02:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe someone should inadvertently recycle Walker's hard drive.

#7 | Posted by path at 2014-06-19 03:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

ahhh, a hard drive crash that removes 10s of thousands of emails.

that's what Scott needs. Afterall, they don't have the funds to back those emails up.

#8 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-19 03:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

FOX News with some context:

State prosecutors said in the December filing that Walker, his former chief of staff Keith Gilkes, top adviser R.J. Johnson and others were discussing illegal fundraising and coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.

"Two judges have rejected the characterizations disclosed in those documents," Walker's campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said in a statement, referring to previous rulings favorable to the governor and others under investigation. ... The court document quotes an email Walker sent to Rove on May 4, 2011, in which he talks about the important role Johnson played in leading the coordination effort.

"Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin," the quoted email from Walker said. "We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities)." ... "The scope of the criminal scheme under investigation is expansive," Schmitz wrote in the Dec. 9 court filing, objecting to an attempt by Walker's campaign and other conservative groups to quash subpoenas. "It includes criminal violations of multiple elections laws" including filing false campaign finance reports, Schmitz wrote.

Wisconsin Club for Growth attorney Andrew Grossman argued the public has the right to see the documents.

"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," Grossman said in an email Thursday. ... Prosecutors have defended the investigation as a legitimate probe into whether Wisconsin's campaign finance laws had been violated. They have rejected the argument that they were on a partisan witch hunt.


www.foxnews.com

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-06-19 06:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

a bunch of sore loosers

#10 | Posted by path at 2014-06-19 06:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

investigations have targets. most, especially criminal, investigations are kept secret during the investigative period.

#11 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-06-19 08:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

As word of this development spread, some of the true believing Scott Walker supporters around here looked like children being told Santa Clause did not exist.

#12 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2014-06-19 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

BTW, I ------- hate MSNBC's new web lay out.
#2 | Posted by rstybeach11

What's even worse is if you try to view it in Microsoft's browser i.e. Internet Explorer. You can't even scroll the page without stuttering and pauses and terrible lag. Their own website, their own browser... and it works better in every other browser.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-20 12:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

Scott Wa****ker deserves whatever ill befalls him.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-20 01:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Scott Wa****ker deserves whatever ill befalls him.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-20 01:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

#2 'BTW, I ------- hate MSNBC's new web lay out'

How big is the gun they're pointing at your head?

#16 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-06-20 05:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

Ho, Hum. Unsealed documents and a trumped up reason for the John Doe.
The only person that should be charged is John Chisolm for wasting tax payer money.

#17 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-06-20 06:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Scott Wa****ker deserves whatever ill befalls him.

#14 | Posted by Tor

Like a 2nd term?

#18 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-06-20 06:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

Scott Wa****ker deserves whatever ill befalls him... by TOR

Like a 2nd term?

#18 | POSTED BY WISGOD

and like Walker is the first and only governor in the U.S. to date to win a gubernatorial recall election?

#19 | Posted by path at 2014-06-20 08:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

the criminal charges didn't hold up back in December, they don't hold up now, they never will. Trumped up charges usually don't.

Total waste of time and money. Again I say, sore losers.

#20 | Posted by path at 2014-06-20 08:40 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

At least Walker didn't claim he lost 2 years of emails.

#21 | Posted by wisgod at 2014-06-20 08:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

In all honesty I believe the Prosecutors are correct in their assertions. If for one second anyone believes that campaigns are not coordinating with the Super PACs you are delusional. It's the good ole boys club what do you think these guys really talk about when they get together during an election cycle?

That said - PROVING it is another matter. In all honesty Super PACs with their anonymity in donations and plain old "free speech" unlimited donations need to go. Supreme Court totally blew it with equating donations to Free Speech - not even in the same realm...

#22 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-20 09:18 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Pete when you call for Obama's prosecution since one of his staff started a PAC in the last election you might be taken seriously.

#23 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-06-20 09:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Dalton I am not calling for anyone's prosecution. I do believe they all do it - absolutely. I am calling for stripping the money out of elections. Especially anonymous money. Money is not speech.

That said are you naive and going to declare it doesn't happen and on both sides? Or are you just going to say you need to call for someone's prosecution...

If there is good evidence then they better be prosecuted - period. Is there evidence of Obama himself colluding with the head of the PAC? Impeach him. Like I said PROVING it is the issue. How's that Dalton?

#24 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-20 09:35 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

THE LATEST SCOTT WALKER SMEAR, DEBUNKED

If you didn't know better, you might think this is a big story, highly damaging to one of America's most successful governors. In fact, the current frenzy merely demonstrates the laziness and bias of reporters who don't understand the events they write about.

An appellate judge has now ordered certain pleadings in the case to be unsealed, an order to which the Club For Growth did not object. The hysterical accusations against Scott Walker that the Associated Press, the Washington Post and others are now gleefully celebrating are simply the unfounded assertions that the prosecutors made in a failed effort to justify their partisan investigation. They are precisely the allegations that have been resoundingly rejected by the federal judge who has presided over the case and who has found the defendants' investigation to be a naked violation of the conservative groups' constitutional rights.

So the reporters who are now trumpeting the discredited prosecutors' assertions either have no understanding of the case, or they are part of the partisan witch hunt that gave rise to the unconstitutional investigation in the first place.
www.powerlineblog.com

Never under estimate how low a democrat will go.

#25 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-20 12:27 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

The entire American empire is a criminal scheme. From the 'federal' reserve, to the corporate person, to the nsa, to the military industrial complex; they are all mafia organizations. i.e. this is one group of thugs fighting others for power.

#26 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-20 01:37 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Things that make ya say Hmmmmmm..."

I presume you're referring to Fast and Furious, NSA spying, IRSgate, Benghazigate, V.A. misdealings, Bergdahlgate and the myriad gates currently being ignored by the radical leftist "progressives?" Surely not the Scott Walker stuff which has been dismissed by both state and federal courts...right?

#27 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-20 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Never under estimate how low a politician will go.

#25 | Posted by paneocon

FTFY

#28 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-20 02:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Karl Rove must feel really stupid when he realized he had been working with an absolute moron. Can anyone believe how dumb it is to discuss criminal activity in an E-mail? Way to go, Scotty. Great Job. Keep 'em coming!

#29 | Posted by john47 at 2014-06-20 03:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Things that make ya say Hmmmmmm...

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour

OK Hmmmmmm... But tthere is more. The thing has ben thrown out of court twice. Hmmmmmm

#30 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-20 04:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

I DON"T believe a WORD of anything I've read yet from the usual suspects of birdcage filler liberal rags.....and that includes WAPO.....

Never under estimate how low a democrat will go.

#25 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-2

I presume you're referring to Fast and Furious, NSA spying, IRSgate, Benghazigate, V.A. misdealings, Bergdahlgate and the myriad gates currently being ignored by the radical leftist "progressives?" Surely not the Scott Walker stuff which has been dismissed by both state and federal courts...right?

#27 | Posted by jestgettinalong a

Things that make ya say Hmmmmmm...

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour

OK Hmmmmmm... But tthere is more. The thing has ben thrown out of court twice. Hmmmmmm

#30 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-20 04:39 PM | Reply | Flag: Flag:

AND...........................
...
"Walker once again has been found not guilty. There never was anything to these allegations in the first place. This is just an out and out lie. This is the depths to which the left has sunk and is sinking. Even with that, when you learn this and are able to tell people and spell out exactly how the left is lying, smearing, or making things up, destroying conservatives -- literally on the warpath to destroy -- even when you can tell people, it doesn't provide any satisfaction. I don't get any satisfaction in illustrating for you how the Washington Post is lying. For the people that read it, it isn't going to matter."

#31 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-06-20 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

ooops....last quote was from RUSH.......as to you 'ole boys'....well you're just gonna have to try harder......

aha ha ha ha ha ha

#32 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-06-20 05:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

A nice graphic about how the scheme worked:

media.jrn.com

#33 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2014-06-20 05:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Illegality aside, that chart also demonstrates the need for a publicly funded political process. Why we don't protect our elections from the corrupting influence of money is something I'm not rich enough to understand.

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-20 07:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why we don't protect our elections from the corrupting influence of money is something I'm not rich enough to understand.

#34 | Posted by snoofy

Oh, I think you understand it all right...you are just not rich enough to agree with it.

#35 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-20 07:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The term "------" fits perfectly

#36 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-21 12:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

that chart also demonstrates the need for a publicly funded political process.

#34 | Posted by snoofy

I'll go along with that if I get to determine who gets how much.

#37 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-21 12:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

The term "------" fits perfectly

#36 | Posted by nutcase

It does fit the people that bring up a deal that has been thrown out of court twice.

#38 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-21 12:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sniper,

Governor Walker is not being completely correct in his statements. Actually the state judge in their opinion was encouraging an appeal. The Federal judges ruling is all ready under an appeal.

We in Wisconsin have elected a man a highly ambitious man gifted with a second class intelligence who has no concept boundaries. He has, in all likelihood during his recall and possibly also in his first election, over stepped those boundaries. It is beginning to look like he may be held accountable for his actions.

#39 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2014-06-21 12:51 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Damn slb, that Walker guy is realy hurtin the state. Uncontroled soending, even worse than the nut job he reolaced. I don'r know how you guys put upo with that crap.

#40 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-21 04:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

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