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.