The prosecutors allege that Walker and those allies raised money and coordinated spending with about a dozen conservative groups during the recall elections.John Doe, still a no-go...
They cite a May 2011 email from Walker to prominent national GOP strategist Karl Rove saying that Johnson would lead the coordination.
"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, the documents say.
Johnson is also top adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group that was active in the recall elections. In the documents, prosecutors write that Johnson has said, "We own CFG."
But on Thursday, attorneys for Wisconsin Club for Growth said it was prosecutors who had violated the state's election laws.
"These documents show how the John Doe prosecutors adopted a blatantly unconstitutional interpretation of Wisconsin law that they used to launch a secret criminal investigation targeting conservatives throughout Wisconsin. That legal theory has now been rejected by two courts," said Andrew Grossman of Baker Hostetler, the law firm representing Club for Growth. "Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and this is a story that needs to be told to prevent more abuses and to hold the John Doe prosecutors accountable for violating the rights of Wisconsinites."
Thursday, June 19, 2014
State prosecutors can't seem to help themselves: