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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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  • Rick

    Nice hit piece on Scott Walke. Sounds like a bunch of allegations with very little substance. When the prosecution decides not to file any charges, I trust that you will update us. LOL, who am I kidding?

    • nobodys_fault

      Hit piece? Now that is a laugh! Unfortunately, the facts are that SIX former Walker aides were indicted from his time as Milwaukee County Executive. There is a history here. Scott Walker’s team is not known for following the niceties of the campaign laws! I invite anyone to look at the obvious merits of the case, including an email from Walker himself to Karl Rove.

  • Cacimo

    So two judges threw out this case because it lacked merit – yet NPR is reporting it as newsworthy. And journalists wonder why there is no respect for their profession.

    • nobodys_fault

      And we all know how much respect people have for politicians! Recently, even the Wall Street Journal faulted Scott Walker for his dishonesty. There is absolutely no question this is news. And at least one of the judges who tried to halt the investigation is well known as a right wing judge. The way judges are elected these days, there is no way we can assume they are impartial!

  • http://www.mightytravels.com/ MightyTravels

    Hmmm, I wonder what was the outcome of this? No charges filed??

    Torsten @ http://www.mightytravels.com

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