Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Scott Walker documents: 6 must-read passages

By: James Hohmann,
August 23, 2014 05:22 PM EDT

A fresh batch of emails emerged Friday night that shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was deeply involved in raising money for an ostensibly independent group focused on fending off the recall.

They came in a court filing from a special prosecutor, who is pleading with a federal appellate judge to let him resume an investigation into what he thinks was potentially illegal coordination between the Wisconsin Club for Growth and Walker’s campaign. Walker denies any wrongdoing, and the special prosecutor said after a lower court judge halted his probe that the governor is not the target of his investigation.

The filing, coming just months ahead of a tough reelection fight and as the Republican gears up for a likely 2016 run, offers a rare window into the world of high-dollar fundraising and how candidates work to guide donors toward outside groups that can spend unlimited money on their behalf.

Here’s a look at the six most revealing nuggets from the tranche of documents:

“There is certainly an appearance of corruption in light of the resulting legislation from which it benefited.”

That’s a reference to perhaps the most immediate and politically potent revelation in the latest documents: That mining company Gogebic Taconite LLC cut a $700,000 check to the Walker group. The firm wants to build a controversial open-pit iron mine in the state, and Walker signed a bill in 2013 that helped them by lightening environmental

(More here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

If Walker is guilty (and that is a big if) he needs to pay the price to the full extent of th3 law. It would be refreshing to see similar interest in Ms. Lerner's emails. Oh wait, we will never know will we? Oh well, noting here folks, move along, move along.

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