WISCONSIN GOVERNOR ALLEGEDLY PARTICIPATED IN ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stands accused of participating in a “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate fundraising activities for himself and other Republicans during his historic 2012 recall election.
Walker became the first governor in American history to survive a recall election in 2012, defeating liberal Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett by a 53-46 percent margin.
That win is now being called into question by special prosecutor appointed in 2013 to investigate allegations of illegal coordination between Walker, former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove, various national groups and numerous Wisconsin campaigns.
“The evidence shows an extensive coordination scheme that pervaded nearly every aspect of the campaign activities during the historic 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Senate and Gubernatorial recall elections,” special prosecutor Francis Schmitz argues in court documents released this week.
Schmitz alleges a “wide-ranging scheme to coordinate activities of several organizations with various candidate committees to thwart attempts to recall Wisconsin Senate and Gubernatorial candidates.”
“That coordination included a nationwide effort to raise undisclosed funds for an organization which then funded the activities of other organizations supporting or opposing candidates subject to recall,” he adds.
Walker has professed his innocence – and has not been charged by authorities. Although it certainly appears as though that’s the direction in which this scandal is moving …
This website has always had a positive view of Walker – even after he came to Greenville, S.C. last year to endorse the 2014 reelection bid of faux conservative S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.
Unlike Haley, Walker cut public sector salaries and moved to force government employees to pay more of their health care and retirement. He also aggressively targeted collective bargaining for public employees and moved to make any future pay raises they received conditional on voter approval.
In fact Walker’s aggressiveness in taking on public sector unions positioned him as one of the GOP’s leading prospects for the 2016 presidential election. Of course Walker is tight with Rove, the crony capitalist Koch Brothers and other establishment GOP icons … which could wind up being his undoing.
If that happens, Walker would join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidates scarred by scandal.
Here in the Palmetto State, Democrats moved quickly to link Walker with Haley …
“Nikki Haley traveled to Wisconsin to help Walker with that recall election,” S.C. Democratic Party spokeswoman Kristin Sosanie said in a statement. “Then, Walker joined Haley in South Carolina this past August to re-launch her election campaign.”
Sosanie speculated that “given Nikki Haley’s vast record of self-serving unethical behavior, she and Walker must have been sharing tricks of the unethical trade all along.”
“As the details continue to emerge, one question remains: Will Nikki Haley stand up against this kind of criminal behavior and say she will no longer campaign with Scott Walker?” she added.