Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican candidate for United States president, has been working with Karl Rove and others in a nationwide, expansive “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate election fundraising, according to previously secret court documents ordered to be publicly released Thursday following a long, simmering investigation.
The documents were filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging the probe by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth, according to the Washington Post
They were ordered publicly released Thursday by a federal appeals court judge after prosecutors and the Wisconsin Club for Growth did not object.
One filing from prosecutors outlines previously unknown details about the investigation that began in 2012 as Walker faced a recall election.
“The scope of the criminal scheme under investigation is expansive,” lead investigator Francis Schmitz wrote in the Dec. 9 court filing. “It includes criminal violations of multiple elections laws” including filing false campaign reports, he wrote.
For years, Rove, former senior adviser for George W. Bush and political strategist, has been involved in American Crossroads (AC), a billionaire funded operation buying candidates who would deregulate industry, causing the kind of suffering people exposed to fracking have been.
"We have filed letters with the FEC and DOJ to investigate AC for monopoly, money laundering, and campaign finance violations," stated Velvet Revolution (VR) in 2010, then urging citizens to sign onto a letter to the DOJ and send a letter to Congress asking for investigations of AC.
VR had offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any of the AC principals for felonious conduct. It then released ads calling on each candidate supported by AC to reject that support and “tell Karl Rove to keep his dirty tricks and dirty politics out of our elections.”
Seems VR's work might be paying off after all.
As for Scott Walker's re-elected for governor, his opponent Mary Burke looks like she's about to slam dunk that after this latest news. With this background, however, he's a natural choice for the nation's next president.