WI Gov. Scott Walker oversaw ‘criminal scheme,’ according to court documents


Governor Scott Walker was part of a “criminal scheme” to bypass state elections laws and coordinate fundraising and campaign activity through conservative groups during the 2011 and 2012 recall election campaigns, prosecutors allege in new documents released Thursday.

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The documents include an email from Walker to Karl Rove in which Walker writes that one of his top deputies, R.J. Johnson, who is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall election, would lead the coordination campaign:

While working with WiCFG [Wisconsin Club for Growth], R.J. Johnson was also coordinating with the RSLC [Republican State Leadership Committee] in at least the 2011 Wisconsin Senate recall elections. In an email sent to Karl Rove on May 4, 2011, Governor Scott Walker extolled R.J. Johnson’s importance in leading the coordination effort when he wrote:

‘Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities).’

Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz wrote that, beginning in March 2011, there were “open and express discussions” of the need to coordinate the activities of entities like Americans for Prosperity, Wisconsin Club for Growth, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Republican State Leadership Committee and the Republican Governors Association. He wrote that conference calls were held between the Walker campaign, the governors association and the business lobbying group Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. State law prohibits such coordination.

Walker, who this morning dismissed the release of the documents as “no charges, case over,” has relied on massive donations from out-of-state benefactors during elections. These national interest groups—such as the American Legislative Exchange Council—have backed his repeated efforts to gut public education, dismantle worker rights, fund unaccountable private voucher schemes and reward Wisconsin’s wealthiest.

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Of course, Walker defended many of his policies as steps to making Wisconsin a place for job growth. In 2010, Scott Walker said, “I want my Cabinet secretaries to have branded across their heads, ‘250,000 jobs.’ I want them to know their job is on the line because my job is on the line to create 250,000 jobs in the private sector.”

Now, Walker has fallen spectacularly short of that promise as Wisconsin is ninth out of ten for job creation in the Midwest.

Reader Comments

  1. I used to think it was easy until I helped a disabled individual try to get ID so he could get a copy of his SS card. It took three trips to the DMV with more requirements each time for documentation that had to be sent from out of state. It then took two more trips to the SS office before it was done. Two weeks later after the last visit he had his ID and a copy of his SS card. It certainly did not seem easy to me and took more time than most people could spend. Had he not had a volunteer helping him, he would never have made it.

  2. I used to think it was easy also until I tried to help a disable individual to get one so he could get a copy of his SS card. This was necessary so he could work up to eight hours a week. That would give him a small amount of money above the $5/month he received at the care center where he was living. It took three trips to the DMV before they were satisfied with his documentation and another two trips to the SS office to accomplish this. As a volunteer, I provided the transportation for him. Let me tell you it is not easy and it took a lot of time that many people would not have. From the inquiries I have made there is no recorded incident of voter fraud in my state in more than ten years. Probably much more than ten years but there is a bunch of “fraud” by politicians charged with enforcing the voting ID laws. Fraud is my choice of words but investigations are still continuing.

  3. This is so funny. It has been totally disproven and yet you cling to the lie. All the actions were ended by court order and deemed unfounded. This was a total political hatchet job, but who’d expect any interest in the truth from you “people.”

  4. Outside money in a campaign? Like NEA money?
    that is just crazy! The NEA would never donate time, money and effort to discredit a Governor in order to bolster the unions…would they?

  5. Walker caused a virtual revolution at his state’s capitol building by assaulting teachers’ union rights, using private funds from the Koch brothers for the associated campaigns. He and his cronies violated constitutional guarantees and legislative rules to silence opposition in the process. It was similar in spirit to Hitler’s actions against the Reichstag. Seldom if ever have we seen such massive popular demonstrations against arrogant overuse of authority in the United States. Walker and the out-of-state Kochs, with their fellow conspirators completely violated the legally structured democratic process as the entire nation watched on television. This was one of the most frightening attacks on American democracy in our country’s history. Walker, as governor, was the central perpetrator of what still stands as an outrage. He seems to be a cold, manipulative sort of operator who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. The current lawsuit against him is obviously well deserved, yet he cynically attempts to brush it off as illegitimate. Walker is an un-American kind of efficient apparatchik we should all hope to see defeated this time around. Allied with big money he is dangerous to democracy in this country.

  6. This comes as no surprise. This is exactly what teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools have been saying all along. Scott Walker is not to be trusted and does not deserve to be in a position of authority in Wisconsin or any other state or municipality. No one would listen until it was too late. He has done irreparable damage to public education, particularly in Milwaukee. He is an enemy of people in our community who are the most disadvantaged. He must be stopped!

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