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Scott Walker John Doe Probe Leaves Veterans Questioning Many Things

May 28, 2012

These days there are more questions than Scott Walker seems to have answers for.   The round of news stories and blog posts underscore the reason veterans are feeling dismay over the actions of Walker .  

The John Doe probe has produced charges that Walker’s political confidante and frequent appointee to positions of public trust Tim Russell embezzled $20,000 from a charity intended to assist families of Wisconsin soldiers who were killed in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The charity had been run by a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Milwaukee County, with no complaints.

But Walker took control of the “Operation Freedom” charity away from the VFW and handed it over to Russell.

Russell, who now faces multiple charges of misconduct, stands accused of diverting money to himself that had been intended for veterans.

Walker put Russell in charge of the charity.

Walker was in regular contact with Russell as the alleged thefts took place.

And Walker has hired a team of criminal defense lawyers to help him respond to questions and allegations related to the John Doe inquiry.

There are, as well, allegations that Walker and his political allies may be paying for Russell’s defense.

Veterans have every reason to ask whether Walker is trying to protect a longtime aide who stands accused of stealing from the widows and orphans of Wisconsin soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Just as they have every reason to ask: “Why?”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy M permalink
    June 2, 2012 8:35 AM

    Yes, Patrick, get the facts straight –

    – Russell was put in charge of those funds by Walker.
    – The issue of missing payments dating back several years was raised in 2008.
    – In February of 2009 Walker transfers authority over use of funds to an American Legion group because of the inability to account for the funds.
    – In April of 2009, they formally ask the Milwaukee DA to investigate, after there were already many formal questions including from the Ethics Board.

    Sorry, but formally asking for an investigation after trying to keep things quiet for some time because people are squawking about it isn’t the same as finding something out and bringing it to the DAs attention, when they don’t know about it. This would be like a liberal claiming that Clinton initiated and asked for the Whitewater investigation.

    In August of 2009, AFTER ALL OF THIS, Walker personally authorizes the transfer of an additional $19,000, along with the authority to control and spend those funds, to Russell. Takes the money from the control of the American Legion post, and gives it to Russell, who already has thousands he is unable to account for.

    In April of 2010, unable to get cooperation from Walker’s office, the DA’s office asks for a John Doe investigation to be opened, SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE OF The INABILITY TO GET COOPERATION.

    Parroting Walker’s weak and already discredited lies is a poor attempt at spin on your part.

  2. Natalie Griffin permalink
    May 30, 2012 4:44 PM

    You should get your facts straight. Walker only asked for the investigation after it was already under way to divert suspision away from himself. There is no why Walker could not have known what was going on right under his nose. If he didn’t know, than his is the worst administrator you could have and who wants him to continue his ineptitude as governor. Even Walker has not denied he has set up a legal defense fund to pay for lawyers that are helping him keep his criminal activity hidden.

  3. Laura permalink
    May 30, 2012 12:56 PM

    Yes and no, Patrick. Walker’s chief of staff, Tom Nardelli, suspected something was up with the handling of funds meant for an annual veterans picnic in Milwaukee County — but the person handling those funds was actually Kevin Kavanaugh. Nardelli went to Walker, who told him to take the matter to the DA in order to investigate Kavanaugh, not Russell. Walker is quoted as saying that he “had no idea” that Russell might be involved in stealing any money.

    At this point, the options basically come down to 1) Walker is incredibly corrupt, or 2) Walker is too blind to notice anything anyone else around him is doing. You pretty much just have to pick one, given the level of corruption already uncovered in his office.

  4. May 29, 2012 10:17 PM

    I think you need to get your facts straight.

    Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has transferred another $100,000 to the defense fund used to pay his pricey criminal defense lawyers in the lengthy John Doe investigation into activities during Walker’s time as county executive.

    Newly filed campaign reports show Walker’s campaign transferred $70,000 to the Scott Walker Trust on May 3 and another $30,000 on May 17.

  5. Patrick permalink
    May 29, 2012 9:39 PM

    The story fails to mention that Walker, when he suspected something was amiss with Russell, ASKED THE D.A. TO INVESTIGATE the matter. Get the facts straight! And why repeat the rumors that Walker is paying for his defense. Pure crap. What a lame and dishonest post.

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