Prosecutors Accuse Governor Walker Of Running “Criminal Scheme”

Prosecutors running a John Doe investigation argued Governor Scott Walker was operating a criminal scheme designed to get around Wisconsin election laws. The documents were released as part of an ongoing federal lawsuit against the probe, which is investigating whether third party groups and Republican candidates illegally coordinated their efforts during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections. Prosecutors argued there was an expansive “criminal scheme” involving Governor Scott Walker, his campaign committee, and two of his top advisors: R.J. Johnson and Deobrah Jordahl. They claim that Johnson coordinated activites between multiple other groups, using the Wisconsin Club for Growth as a hub. An email Walker sent to Republican strategist Karl Rove talks about Johnson’s importance in the leading the effort. No charges have been filed as a result of the investigation, which remains on hold because of an ongoing federal challenge. Walker’s campaign maintains that two judges have so far rejected the characterizations disclosed in the documents.