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Friday, June 20, 2014

Fundraising Probe Focuses On Wisconsin Governor

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attends a news briefing during the Republican Governors Association's quarterly meeting on May 21, 2014 in New York City. Appearing with Walker was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker attends a news briefing during the Republican Governors Association’s quarterly meeting on May 21, 2014 in New York City. Appearing with Walker was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups.

That’s according to prosecutors in court documents unsealed this week. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. And both sides are arguing in court over whether the activities are covered by election laws.

The investigation into fundraising involving Walker and his campaign, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the state Chamber of Commerce and other groups began in 2012. Walker, who rose to fame by passing a law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, was facing a recall election.

But the probe has been on hold since May, when a federal judge ruled it was a breach of Wisconsin Club for Growth’s free-speech rights and temporarily halted it.

Marge Pitrof, news director at WUWM in Milwaukee, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the controversial court case.

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