Documents unsealed today reveal that local prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was part of a "criminal scheme" to coordinate fundraising with outside groups during his recall election in 2012. Walker raised over $30 million in that election, which pundits attributed to vast national interest in the contest at the time.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors allege that "Walker, his chief of staff, and others who worked for him were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures" leading up to the recall election. One of those prominent figures? Former Bush adviser Karl Rove, who famously melted down on Fox News on presidential election night 2012.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has this email from Walker to Rove from 2011, which mentions Walker's top deputy R.J. Johnson:
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).
Johnson is also a chief adviser to the Wisconsin Club for Growth. According to prosecutors, Johnson illegally coordinated fundraising for Walker's campaign and other Republican senate campaigns.
No charges have been filed so far against Walker or any of his staffers. Walker is the first governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall election, and he is (was?) a 2016 presidential contender.
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