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09.23.2014 | 86 days ago | Posted at 11:39 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
The latest attack on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke as a plagiarist is so absurd I hesitate to write about it. What’s so ridiculous and hypocritical is that Scott Walker and his allegedly independent supporters copy each other all the time.  Walker’s official slogan is “It’s Working.” I know that this is completely detached from reality, but that’s what the governo...
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Recall fundraising at odds with his call to disclose donors

How times have changed. As a lightning-rod governor facing a recall in 2012, Gov. Scott Walker raised unheard-of sums for his campaign. And, thanks to revelations in the new John Doe investigation
06.20.2014 | | Posted at 12:48 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Yesterday’s document dump included the subpoena sent to the Wisconsin Club for Growth’s Eric O’Keefe last September. The judge presiding over the John Doe at the time, Barbara Kluka, signed off on it. (It’s Exhibit F in the big document released yesterday, if you want to check it out on your own.)  So what were prosecutors looking at? A who’s who of right-wing operatives and the ...
06.19.2014 | | Posted at 03:18 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
Details, details. The bombshells are in the details of the 200+ pages of materials released by a federal judge in the ongoing investigation into the coordination of Scott Walker’s campaign and sympathetic special interest groups.  According to the prosecutors: Walker’s campaign overlapped with Wisconsin Club for Growth: Buried in footnote #23 on page 8 of Doe Exhibit C, “Those indivi...
06.19.2014 | | Posted at 01:48 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
The Journal Sentinel is reporting that just-unsealed documents show that prosecutors are alleging that Gov. Scott Walker was at the heart of a “criminal scheme” in which his two top advisors—R. J. Johnson and his business partner, Deb Jordahl—coordinated money with 12 conservative groups.  The smoking email appears to be a May 4, 2011, message from Walker to Karl Rove about how the s...
05.07.2014 | | Posted at 11:56 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Does Gov. Scott Walker have nine lives or what?  Yesterday, his ally, ultraconservative Federalist Society member and U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa totally halted the John Doe investigation into alleged coordination between Walker’s campaign committee and sympathetic right-wing groups. Randa quickly did so after prosecutors on Monday asked the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ...
02.20.2014 | | Posted at 12:05 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
It was no secret that the state Republican Party favored Scott Walker in his 2010 primary bid against former Congressman Mark Neumann.  But this newly unearthed email shows that Reince Priebus, then the head of the state GOP and now the chair of the national Republican Party, was siding with Walker as well. He sent confidential Neumann campaign strategy to Walker and R.J. Johnson—Walker�...
02.13.2014 | | Posted at 04:24 PM
By Lisa Kaiser
I know I shouldn’t make predictions, but it’s hard to resist not contemplating what will turn up in the documents to be released next Wednesday in the case of Kelly Rindfleisch.  Rindfleisch, you may remember, was a top Scott Walker aide when he was Milwaukee County executive. At the same time—literally—she was fundraising for Walker’s preferred lieutenant governor candidate. Aft...

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