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BREAKING NEWS: Secret Five-County Investigation Into Possible Illegal Campaign Activity By Conservatives During 2012 Recall Elections Can Continue

January 30, 2014

This is headline material for morning newspapers.  Wonder how the GOP is resting tonight?

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Thursday allowed a secret five-county investigation into possible illegal campaign activity during the 2012 recall elections to continue, revealing for the first time in its decision that Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen refused to conduct the multi-jurisdictional probe.

The 4th District Court of Appeals based in Madison also refused to send the matter to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. And it made public Thursday evening hundreds of pages of previously sealed arguments made by the three unnamed targets challenging the so-called John Doe investigation.

The three petitioners are seeking to halt the secret investigation launched in February 2012 in Milwaukee County that has spread to Dane, Iowa, Dodge and Columbia counties. The petitions were filed against Reserve Judge Gregory Peterson, who is overseeing the probe, John Doe prosecutor Francis Schmitz and the presiding judges of the five jurisdictions.  

Investigators are looking into recall-related activities by the recall campaign of Gov. Scott Walker, unnamed legislative leaders and 29 Republican and local and national conservative groups, including the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

  1. January 31, 2014 1:20 PM

    Some of the unsealed documents do reveal that Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm asked AG Van Hollen a second time to get involved in the investigation. Van Hollen again denied this request, claiming that his office could not act with impartiality regarding the case. And this was long before his office got tapped to represent the judges that the right wingers were suing in their efforts to impede justice.

  2. January 31, 2014 11:24 AM

    Is the fact that Van Hollen refused due to a perceived conflict of interest new information? I thought that was already known (and, frankly, prudent on Van Hollen’s part).

  3. kathy permalink
    January 30, 2014 11:43 PM

    Ya but so far Walkers been able to piss out those fires. maybe he’ll get short dick, no stream on this one.

  4. January 30, 2014 9:04 PM

    where there is smoke, there is fire!!!

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