Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Cover-Up Is Over; Walker Criminal Connection Alleged

[Updated, 2:50 p.m. Noting the scheme's reliance on a tax-exempt organization.] That burning smell in the air is Scott Walker's career being toasted.

You won't see a more damaging story and headline about a Wisconsin Governor, ever.

Doe prosecutors allege Walker at center of 'criminal scheme'
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 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. 
"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)," Walker wrote to Rove on May 4, 2011. 
And remember the argument that all the funders and team Walker were doing was exercising free speech?

From the documents:
No court has ever recognized that secret, coordinated activity resulting in "undisclosed" contributions to candidates' campaigns and used to circnmvent campaign finance laws is protected by the First Amendment. Accordingly, the purpose of this investigation is to ensure the integrity of the electoral process in Wisconsin. 


Anonymous said...

Wisconsin is Open For Business!

Anonymous said...

This is HUGE as Cliff Arnebeck is still working on an Ohio Racketeering Complaint Against Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce.

Don't let the date on this article fool you -- Arnebeck was instrumental to preventing election shenanigans in 2012 and is still working that case.

He is trying to get Rove under oath in a deposition -- so this is dynamite.

And those following OH elections know that the RICO case isn't just about illegal monies -- its about election fraud.

This is significant because the Ohio racketeering laws are the most strict in the America -- stronger than the Federal RICO Act because:

1. Ohio allows related criminality in other states to be prosecuted in Ohio when racketeering crimes outside of the Buckeye State can be connected with racketeering crimes in Ohio.

2. Ohio's law waves Statues of Limitations for related crimes as long as the current criminal activity is within the Statues of Limitations.

So it isn't just walker uncomfortably passing bricks through his lower intestines.


Anonymous said...

Has Scott Walker been charged? How many judges have said that no crimes have been committed?

Anonymous said...

anon 1:59

A judge tried to have this and all other evidence destroyed -- a judge that can be directly tied to koch junkets, despite clear federal guidelines that no federal judge can do this.

That will be overturned.

The judge overseeing the John Doe process, a republican, agreed this was probable cause for investigation.

Indictments are coming -- the only reason they have not been handed down is because of an activist and corrupt federal judge that is going to have his ruling thrown out.

Will you still make this about how our legal process works when walker has his day in court, regardless as to how the judge rules?

I didn't think so...

Anonymous said...

Anon, 2:18

What about the six felons from the first round?

More judges HAVE presided over GUILTY verdicts in this case already than what you misleadingly imply.

Actually, by an overwhelming margin, judges have found there were serious crimes.

Gareth said...

Now we know why Walker was trying to make a deal and why his co-conspirators threatened him using the Wall Street Journal editorial page to deliver the message.

Anonymous said...

I thought your hero Ed Schultz said after the Recall election that Walker was going to be charged any day? How long ago was that? Koch brothers? Please.

James Rowen said...

Things move slowly. But move, they do.

Anonymous said...

Let's see Judge Peterson squashed the Subpeonas, then Judge Randa squashed the investigation, but Walker committed a crime? Give me a break. Scott Walker can coordinate for issue advocacy, not one of those groups said vote to SW. Keep trying.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:35

Peterson said that prosecutors had to show coordination -- that is what the documents released today do and they do it with scott walker's own words directly to karl rove -- this will now nullify Peterson on appeal.

Rhanda, by federal rules, should not have heard the case -- he accepts junkets from money group walker admits to coordinating!

That will be overturned on appeal. No federal court has ever upheld the argument you are trying to make.

So troll the boards while you can -- your guy scotty is goin' down and there's nothing the right-wing squawkers at journal communications can do about it.

Anonymous said...

Peterson is answered by Walker and his cohort, according to the released document -- in which Walker and his cohort actually admit coordination. They just don't think it's a law:

"Movants [Walker, et al.] argue that 'coordination' of political activities that do not arguably involve express advocacy cannot be a crime under Wisconsin law. 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."

Repeat: Admitted violating state law.