"Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and a supposedly independent conservative group were 'one and the same,' prosecutors told the U.S. Supreme Court in a filing this week seeking to reopen a probe of the governor's campaign that state (Republican) courts shut down," (Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) (PRWatch) (U.S. Supreme Court) (The Capital Times) (Capital Times document - On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari).
A John Doe investigation looked into Scott Walker and right-wing groups' possible collusion in the 2011-12 Recall campaign to determine if and by whom a crime may have been committed.
In response, in July 2105 right-wingers on the discredited Wisconsin Supreme Court shut down the John Doe probe, and declared a new doctrine of the First Amendment speech clause as it relates to campaign finance law, (PRWatch) days after Walker declared his run for the presidency (Healy, NYT).
Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was stripped of her title after an election earlier [in 2105 in] which WMC spent $600,000. Her dissent in the John Doe [ruling] is stinging: "Lest the length, convoluted analysis, and overblown rhetoric of the majority opinion obscure its effect, let me state clearly: The majority opinion adopts an unprecedented and faulty interpretation of Wisconsin's campaign finance law and of the First Amendment. In doing so, the majority opinion delivers a significant blow to Wisconsin's campaign finance law and to its paramount objectives of 'stimulating vigorous campaigns on a fair and equal basis" and providing for "a better informed electorate.'"
Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature and Scott Walker then in October 2105 rewrote the Wisconsin John Doe statute explicitly prohibiting public integrity and corruption probes, (Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).
Now Wisconsin right-wingers are targeting Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm politically and legally in retaliation for investigating Walker-right-winger machinations.
Republicans changed the date for the Wisconsin state primary from September to August shortly after they gained power in 2011 to facilitate running GOP-friendly candidates in low turnout primaries.