Anyone surprised at this outcome? I’m not…
200 pages of documents have been unsealed by a Federal Judge in one of the 4 legal efforts to shut down John Doe II – a secret investigation looking at whether or not there was illegal coordination between RW dark money groups and recall campaigns in Wisconsin. They say Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-YourOnYourOwniStan) was at the center of it.
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 (an advisor to both Walkers Campaign and Wisconsin Club for Growth) and Deborah Jordahl.
(information bolded is mine and information in italics is my addition)The documents allege that Walker and his associates raised money and controlled spending by conservative groups during the 2012 recall elections. In Wisconsin, there can’t be coordination between campaigns and outside spending groups.
In an email to Karl Rove, Scott Walker said:
“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.
OMG! Side order of Karl Rove to go along with this, too. Pinch me, I might be dreaming.
This case is currently being reviewed by the 7th Circuit Court after Federal Judge Rudolf Randa (a member of the Federalist Society whose wife donated often to Walkers campaign and whose Judicial Assistant is the wife of Scott Walkers lawyer) ordered the investigation shut down and evidence collected by the investigators destroyed (the 7th Circuit immediately intervened to prevent the destruction).
It is a judge reviewing the case that unsealed the documents today.
Seeing this, it’s small wonder they’ve been running to every court imaginable and writing editorials for RW newspapers to get this thing shut down.
This story is just breaking so stay tuned for further developments.
Here’s a link to the raw documents. (Warning: large pdf file)
So far, nobody is commenting on this, but I’ll bet Walkers hair is on fire trying to think of something to say.
UPDATE: Link to the John Doe II prosecutors appeal of the case. (Warning: pdf file)
They delineate the coordination and conference calls.
For those interested in how Walker gets to pull the wool over the eyes of so many voters in Wisconsin, The New Republic has an excellent article. I can’t recommend it more highly.
Politico has an article up. This is becoming national news.
And MSNBC posted an article as well.