Why I Believe Wisconsin Reporter’s John Doe 2 Reporting
But precious few
details have been made public about John Doe 2, the alleged investigation into…
Nobody really knows.
Not officially, of course.
That’s why Wisconsin
Reporter’s John Doe 2 coverage has been so delicious.
In the past few days,
its blog has revealed that the JD2 prosecutor is looking at three right-wing
political groups—Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and Republican
information than anyone else had. And Wisconsin Reporter also dutifully printed
conservatives’ grumbling about JD2 being a partisan witch-hunt aimed at taking
down Gov. Scott Walker because he’s too powerful.
That’s the stuff that
I don’t buy. Of course, they’re free to rationalize the investigation as much
as they want. But I highly doubt this is a partisan witch-hunt. I mean, why
That said, it’s
important to note that conservatives are leaking to Wisconsin Reporter. Hm…
didn’t right-wingers complain about all of the leaking during John Doe 1?
Didn’t they blame that on Democrats?
So let’s consider
Wisconsin Reporter is
run by the Franklin Center.
The Franklin Center
is funded by the Sam Adams Alliance.
The Sam Adams
Alliance had been chaired by Eric O’Keefe.
Eric O’Keefe is the
director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which is one of the front groups
that is allegedly being investigated this time around.
Hold that thought.
also noted that the John Doe 2 investigation has branched out to a few
counties, including Dane, Iowa and Columbia counties:
The source, who asked not to be identified because of his closeness to people involved in the so-called John Doe investigation, said he knew of three subpoenas, and said law enforcement officials have seized electronic devices and papers in Columbia and Dane counties.
Wisconsin Club for
Growth is based in Sun Prairie, which is in Dane County.
president/director, Charles Talbot, lives in either Belleville or Portage;
Portage is in Columbia County.
The political consulting firm run by its longtime
political operative, R.J. Johnson, is in Randolph, which is in both Columbia
and Dodge counties.
You may remember R.J.
He was one of
Walker’s top campaign advisors in 2009 and 2010. He was copied on a number of
county emails that were released as part of the O’Donnell Park case. After
Walker’s election he promptly became the face of Wisconsin Club for Growth
John Doe 1 yielded no
charges against Walker or his campaign operatives or county staffers for
combining efforts—other than Kelly Rindfleish’s bust for fundraising for Brett
Davis whilst working for the county. Rindfleish, of course, still lived in
Columbia County while working for Milwaukee County.
So hold all of those
thoughts as you read more leaks about John Doe 2.
If Wisconsin Reporter is leaking correct information, this may be what prosecutors are looking at.
I’ll have much more to say about this in next week’s Shepherd.