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It looks like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t the only presidential hopeful that’s in hot water. It turns out Koch Brothers lackey Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may be facing his own scandal:

Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin GovernorScott Walker’s campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during the state’s contentious 2011 and 2012 recall elections.

The John Doe probe began in August of 2012 and is examining possible “illegal campaign coordination between (name redacted), a campaign committee, and certain special interest groups,” according to an unsealed filing in the case. Sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the redacted committee is the Walker campaign, Friends of Scott Walker. Campaign filings show that Walker spent $86,000 on legal fees in the second half of 2013.

A John Doe is similar to a grand jury investigation, but in front of a judge rather than a jury, and is conducted under strict secrecy orders. Wisconsin’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unsealed some documents last week as it rejected a challenge to the probe filed by three of the unnamed “special interest groups” that had received subpoenas in the investigation and issued a ruling allowing the investigation to move forward.

The special interest groups under investigation include Wisconsin Club for Growth, which is led by a top Walker advisor and friend, R.J. Johnson, and which spent at least $9.1 million on “issue ads” supporting Walker and legislative Republicans during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections. Another group is Citizens for a Strong America, which was entirely funded by Wisconsin Club for Growth in 2011 and 2012 and acted as a conduit for funding other groups that spent on election issue ads; CSA’s president is John Connors, who previously worked for David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity and is part of the leadership at the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity (publishers of Watchdog.org and Wisconsin Reporter). Other groups reportedly receiving subpoenas include AFP, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Republican Governors Association.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

JANET SHAN
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  • sheknows

    The party needs to actually create a candidate outside the party. Some supposed business big wig with a sterling record of education, family life, charitable contributions and acts of generosity and family members of mixed races. He needs to be a construct that will appeal to everyone and have no outward ties or signs of corruption. He could just come out of nowhere. With all the Koch money, he could be championed in no time. 🙂

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    I wonder… if a runner is championed without the Koch brothers or other peeps who hope to ‘throw enough money at election candidates of their choice’, that would be truly a front runner for the GOP. Tons of Repub would give reasonable and legal amounts of money to a candidate who could actually win for their party— and not be on the dole and beholding to the few who attempt to influence by various $$$$$$$$$$ means.

  • JSpencer

    While I don’t know what the legal details and implications are I do know that Walker outspent his opponent 3 to 1 and that more than half of his funds came from out of state. Legality aside, I think it’s easy to see why this is a problem. I certainly don’t want out of state people determining (buying) the leaders in my own state, it makes a mockery of my own vote.

  • sheknows, it sounds like you are describing Mitt Romney 🙂

  • bluebelle

    McDonnell, Christie, Walker………. They are falling down like bowling pins.
    Wonder who will be the last man/woman standing for ’16?

    I know that there’s an onus attached to running another Bush, but Jeb seems to me to be the best candidate remaining for the GOP.

  • petew

    The thing that scares me the most is that walker comes off as very laid back and sincere on camera, and he knows just how to appeal to the misplaced sentiments of angry Wisconsinites (who often have large incomes)! And, no matter what scandal he is involved in (and they seem to emerge on at least a weekly basis) he is adept at giving them a bit or cunning spin, and thus, completely conceal what they actually involve. If his job creation numbers are officially much lower than almost any State in America, he simply re-interprets the data—making himself come of as smelling like a rose. In Short, he has that creepy hypnotic ability like that used by Senator Joe McCarthy during the 50’s Communist scare. The only way to break such a spell and expose him for what he is, will require some courageous commitment from the Press to speak the truth and report the truth.

    Before we can decide that the emperor has no clothes, we must first insist being able to look at him. And, Walker throws up a fine black cloud of defensive ink—good enough for any octopus to hide in.

    JSpencer correctly points out that it is completely legal for the Kochs to support a politician from a state that they don’t even live in. But what the public needs to understand, is that it is very curious that, such a wealthy man, wants to spend perhaps hundreds of millions, to elect Tea Party candidates in a State that now owes him and his brother an official payback for favors rendered. Is he doing such a thing only out of the generosity and goodness of his heart, or only to support the “righteous” rule of Walker? Of course not! Its a matter of money, and, Billionaires like the Kochs, who are expecting much more money and influence to come their way, as the result of the millions that they strategically invest in out of State races! That’s all that matters)!

    Pardon my bluntness, but you are now hearing the concerns of a very disappointed and disgusted Wisconsin citizen—one whose life will only become that much more difficult if Walker,(heaven forbid!) should ever hold the highest office in the land!

  • sheknows

    LOL Kevin…Yes, that is exactly what they need. 🙂 ( You can be very funny at times)