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27,000 Pages Of Emails Outline Politics In Scott Walker’s World

February 19, 2014

This is the day that many have been waiting for, and in the hours to come more details will be made known about the inner workings of the political operation that took place when Scott Walker was Milwaukee County Executive.

A Wisconsin state appeals court has now released 27,000 pages of emails and hundreds of other previously sealed documents collected during a criminal investigation into a former aide to Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  The documents include emails Kelly Rindfleisch sent while working as Walker’s deputy chief of staff in Milwaukee.  Rindfleisch was convicted of a felony for doing campaign work on government time, and that also mean on the taxpayer’s dime, for Republican lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis.

There is no way to know what will be found in the documents, or what political harm might take place as a result.  But there are nuggets of interest for people of all political stripes.

We also need to be mindful that Walker faces an additional inquiry from state prosecutors, who are believed to be looking into whether his successful 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with independent conservative groups.

The day before Scott Walker was elected governor in 2010, a judge expanded the secret investigation to four more of his top aides, thousands of pages of documents released Wednesday show.

The documents reveal Nov. 1, 2010, was a busy day for investigators and prosecutors in the case.

They conducted raids at Walker’s Milwaukee County executive office, his campaign office and the homes of several of his aides, including Kelly Rindfleisch. Those details spilled out Wednesday after a Court of Appeals judge ordered the unsealing of about 27,000 emails to and from Rindfleisch, as well as 434 pages of search warrants, affidavits and a hearing transcript.

At the request of Milwaukee County prosecutors, John Doe Judge Neal Nettesheim enlarged the probe that day to include Rindfleisch, his deputy chief of staff, and three other top aides in the Milwaukee County executive’s office — Tom Nardelli, his chief of staff; Fran McLaughlin, his spokeswoman; and Dorothy Moore, his scheduler.

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