Showing posts with label Scott Walker John Doe investigation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scott Walker John Doe investigation. Show all posts

Feb 10, 2014

National Press Setting up Scott Walker for Pres Run Made Difficult While He Is in Hiding

Update: Scott Walker told a rightwing blog in January how he voted for Ronald Reagan. Only problem is Walker was 13 and 17-years-old during Reagan's two elections. Does anyone really need any more evidence this guy is a lightweight and a pathological, if petty liar? Blogging Blue and The Political Environment have the story. "I remember, I was a teenager, had just become a teenager and voted for Ronald Reagan — limited government, you know, smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense. You knew what you were getting. You knew how a Reagan administration, a Reagan presidency was going to be better for you," Walker said. The rightwing blogger did not respond to Walker, 'Ahh, Scott you're making this up.'
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National political commentators are stealthily setting up Scott Walker with lavish praise, a political maneuver designed to weaken Walker's reelection run for governor while ostensibly supporting his run for the Republican nomination for presidency in 2016.

Most of the national press want a freak show in the Republican primary just as in 2011-12, a spectacle made more difficult by the GOP's decision to frontload the primary and hold as few debates as possible.

Seeing Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Paul Ryan, those lusting after another political catastrophe won't be disappointed.

But as for Walker, Paul Fanlund has a profile out on Walker's likely 2014 general election opponent, Mary Burke who makes a formidable barrier to Walker. Writes Fanlund:

Burke shot back (at Walker): 'It’s what I would expect from a career politician, to take the focus off what the actual issue is.'

Scott Walker, career politician.

Tough to refute, inasmuch as the 46-year-old governor has been running for something for the 24 years since he failed to graduate from college.

His is the kind of resume that should provoke a visceral response in anti-incumbent tea-party circles, except that Walker is one of their own.
Those hoping for a Walker run for presidency to savage are by no means assured of getting their chance. Burke is a fighter, even if most of the grassroots would prefer a movement progressive.

It's not that Walker has shown himself the single most corrupt governor in Wisconsin history, (that's a low bar compared to Illinois and New Jersey); has a horrendous jobs record; and that Walker appointed flunkies who stole $10,000s from military veterans.

Walker will never be the nominee because Scott Walker cannot run for the presidency in hiding.

Consider that Chris Christie has now held some 104 question-and-answer listening sessions; Scott Walker has held ZERO.

Jan 31, 2014

Wisconsin AG and GOP Spurred John Doe Probe, Docs Show

Wisconsin Probe Looks at Alleged Illegal Coordination Between Unnamed Candidate and 'special interest groups' with federal 501(c)(4) nonprofit status, Newspaper reports

Update: See also "legitimate investigation into possible crimes against our democracy."

A Wisconsin Court of Appeals panel unanimously knocked down the effort by GOP-aligned political allies to halt the Wisconsin John Doe probe looking into possible violations of campaign finance law in the 2011-2012 Recall elections, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported yesterday.

GOP forces and Scott Walker have all criticized the John Doe probe, but new documents show Wisconsin's GOP attorney general and two GOP district attorneys were involved in requesting the John Doe probe.

Walker publicly made innuendo casting doubt on the legitimacy of the probe in October 2013, though he refuses to hold a listening session on this issue, or any other issue.

Republican forces spent $10s of millions in their effort to protect Scott Walker and GOP senators from electoral defeat at the hands of Wisconsin voters in the Recall elections.

Walker and the GOP received money mostly in large checks from out-of-state billionaires.

"Overall an estimated $137.5 million was spent on the unprecedented 15 recall races for governor, lieutenant governor and state Senate in 2011 and 2012," reports the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Despite cries of foul from the Wall Street Journal and other political rightwingers, documents made public yesterday show Wisconsin's GOP Attorney General and two GOP district attorneys were involved in asking a judge that Wisconsin's John Doe statute be used in this investigation to determine if and by whom crimes have been committed.

"Also, the documents reveal that the special prosecutor in the case, former federal prosecutor Francis Schmitz, was appointed at the request of [Milwaukee County DA] Chisholm and four other district attorneys — two of them Republicans, two of them Democrats," the Journal-Sentinel reports.

The 2013 Wall Street Journal editorial condemning the probe stated "Another reason for skepticism is the probe's timing as Mr. Walker's 2014 re-election campaign looms. This is the second such investigation against Mr. Walker in three and a half years, following one that began in the office of Milwaukee County Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm in spring 2010."

If one takes seriously the Wall Street Journal editorial, then Wisconsin GOP legal forces are out to get Scott Walker.

So, it has now been conclusively put on the record that Wisconsin's AG J.B. Van Hollen stepped aside pointing to the perception of conflicts of interests, GOP district attorneys collaborating with three other district attorneys properly followed Wisconsin law, and received permission to conduct a John Doe probe under Wisconsin's specific John Doe statute.

Are Wisconsin's GOP propaganda outlets—Wisconsin Reporter, WTMJ, Charlie Sykes, Media Trackers and so on—now going to issue retractions? Not likely. 

Facts are no concern to the GOP.

Wisconsin statute 968.26 on John Doe proceedings is the statutory authority for conducting John Doe probes in Wisconsin.

Nov 23, 2013

GOP Complains: Tell It to the Judge

Scott Walker with former aides, now convicted felons - John Doe I
"The bottom line is, I know how I have conducted myself in public service," Scott Walker said. "It is the traditions I have from my parents; it's part of how I obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. We operate at high integrity."
Wisconsin State Journal October 2, 2011

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Judge Gregory Peterson is the supervising judge of John Doe II, by Wisconsin statute.

So, Republicans and their friends who funneled $10 millions into the Recall elections, if they have any facts about improper behavior of any prosecutor or investigator, tell Gregory Peterson.

Dan Bice has a new piece about Wisconsin Club for Growth, Charlie Sykes, and assorted Republicans whining.

One can assume the GOP hates the John Doe probe staff, so if the John Doe probe staff is really acting improperly, the GOP would have publicly laid out the facts and evidence.

That the GOP did not just tells you, they're a bunch of cry babies upset with the rule of law being applied to them.

Koch Was Not Shy About Talking Strategy for Wisconsin Recall

Updated - Every Wisconsin politico remembers the recording made in public in 2011 of Scott Walker's gushing over the man Walker thought to be David Koch.

Repulsive in about a dozen ways.

Jack Craver of the Capital Times looked at the transcripts of the Walker-faux Koch conversation and found another repulsive angle: Koch and Walker plotting to use Koch's Americans for Prosperity 501(c)(4) (AFP), illegally I would say, to help out the six Republican state senators who were recalled in 2011.

From the 2011 recording referenced in Craver's piece:
And later Walker hinted at how AFP could protect state senators running for reelection: "(P)articulary in some of these, uh, more swing areas, a lot of these guys are gonna need, they don’t necessarily need ads for them, but they’re gonna need a message out reinforcing why this was a good thing to do for the economy and a good thing to do for the state."

Koch and Walker were right about using AFP to keep GOP control in the Wisconsin senate.

Mal Contends learned last February that David Koch more than hinted, he explicitly took credit for keeping the Wisconsin State Senate in Republican control.

In February 2012, a reporter, Stacey Singer, scored a rare interview of Koch for her piece that ran February 18, 2012 in the Palm Beach Press.

Writes Singer:

Asked about his efforts to sway public opinion, Koch acknowledges his group is hard at work in places such as Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker is facing off with public unions and grappling with a likely recall vote.

"We're helping him, as we should. We've gotten pretty good at this over the years," he says. "We've spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We're going to spend more."

By "we" he says he means Americans for Prosperity, which is spending about $700,000 on an "It's working" television ad buy in the state. It credits Walker's public pension and union overhaul with giving school districts the first surpluses they've seen in years.

Reached at the Press in 2012 after the Koch piece had run, Singer told me (by phone) Koch said, it "was the work our people did, what Americans for Prosperity did and the money spent that enabled them [the Republicans] to keep control in the [Wisconsin state] senate."

The problem with Koch and AFP is that AFP is registered as a non-profit 501(c)(4).

So AFP's electoral politics, electioneering, are explicitly delineated by law, and they are not supposed to act in support or opposition of political candidates.

As noted here regarding Lawrence O'Donnell reporting on 501(c)(4)s:

Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out in May 2013, 501(c)(4)s are by federal statute, supposed to be operated "exclusively for the promotion of social welfare," as O'Donnell cites federal law on non-profit, tax exempt organizations

And this "exclusively" element means  501(c)(4)s cannot be an electoral tool used to elect political candidates for public office.

Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code defines tax-exempt social welfare groups like this:
"Civic leagues or organizations not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare." (Evan Puschak. The Last Word with  Lawrence O'Donnell; May 13, 2013)

There have been complaints filed with the IRS and the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board alleging illegal use of tax-exempt status by Koch's group.

Wisconsin awaits word on the response to these complaints. John Doe II may comprise much of this response.

Few believe and certainly not Koch and Scott Walker, that Americans for Prosperity is exclusively used for the promotion of social welfare.

Lawrence O’Donnell Show - May 2013


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Nov 21, 2013

Scott Walker Is a Zombie GOP Candidate

Kill a zombie candidate like Walker by asking a policy question that
enters his skull, and into the brain tissue with the result: Road Pizza
You would not know it by the fawning national profiles of Scott Walker, but a different creature of politics is growing from inside Wisconsin. 

Walker is everywhere, even his young adulthood.

Time Magazine writes of Scott Walker, "At first he tried to be a part time student, but quickly the births of his children took that option off the table."

Ahh, no.

Mike Browne of One Wisconsin Now knocked this down fast: Walker was married three years after he left Marquette in February 1993; and didn't have his first child until 1994, four years after he left Marquette.

So Walker did not leave part time student academia quickly to have a family; he was seeking public office.

From Walker's personal instructions from God of which he often tells us: Walker ran against "now U.S. Representative Gwen Moore in a State Assembly race in fall 1990," shortly there-after his omniscient political adviser convinced Walker to move to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin for a successful run in the open June 1993 special election.

Since 1993 Scott Walker has been public worker extraordinaire.

But as governor he nuked the earned salary, pensions and healthcare benefits of unionized Wisconsin public servants, while amassing a small fortune as Wisconsin state rep, Milwaukee County Exec, and Governor, and raking in $10s of millions in his campaign funds that he keeps quiet with his big-money friends who also bankrolled Walker's legal defense fund, and presumably are the source of the dark money entering Wisconsin politics after Citizens United.

Lies and money will get you far in politics, but Scott Walker is too much of a lightweight to run for president, even for nomination of the White neo-conferarate party, aka the Republican Party.

Walker will just pocket the money, leave the Wisconsin economy a mess and take a six-figure salary in rightwing world.

Nov 17, 2013

Scott Walker on Presidential Run: “I don’t rule anything out”

From ABC News' Jonathan Karl's interview with Scott Walker on This Week:

In terms of his own future, Walker — who seemed to closely fit his own definition of the ideal GOP nominee — told ABC News he would not rule out a presidential run in 2016.

"I don’t rule anything out," Walker said.
Not asked of Walker is why his own campaign and campaign funders are being examined by a John Doe probe.

John K. MacIver Institute and Wisconsin John Doe Probe

Update: Reader points out that in October 24, 2011 the MacIver Institute and Americans for Prosperity TV spots were the first pro-Scott Walker ads run in advance of the signature gathering for the Walker Recall.

"The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy is an independent, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. The Board of Directors of the MacIver Institute has adopted a policy to protect a donor's right to privacy. The MacIver Institute will not discuss nor disclose any information regarding our donors."

So reads the John K. MacIver Institute's self description.

Just wondering why this 501(c)(3) apparently acted on behalf of (or in opposition to) several candidates for elective public office in the 2011 Wisconsin Recall elections.

Perhaps Board members Fred Luber, Steve Fettig, James R. Troupis, Laurie McCallum, and Gerardo (Jerry) H. Gonzalez could explain.

Readers here have pointed out that the MacIver Institute (which teamed up with Americans for Prosperity) to produce the politcal It's Working, Wisconsin - Did it Right spot) is a 501(c)(3). 

This is could be a problem for the GOP front group.

And the MacIver Institute has several close ties to the Koch brothers. 

"Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office," reads an IRS guide.

Nov 16, 2013

David Koch, John Doe, Scott Walker Have GOP Panicked

I don't care if you have cause to investigate that a crime has been committed; do not investigate ... period.

This is the position of the various Wisconsin GOP propaganda outlets and the Wall Street Journal, who harbor an aversion to the rule of law when applied to Republicans.

Elizabeth Hartfield at ABC News offers Scott Walker a gushing piece for Walker's possible run for the GOP nomination, asserting, "In the general election, Walker’s presence on the ballot would very likely make Wisconsin, which hasn’t gone red in a presidential election since 1984, a real possibility for Republicans. Not to mention the hope that his proximity to another Midwestern state, Ohio, would boost the GOP’s chance in that most important of places."

Right.

Not sure what Hartfield is thinking, though she does point out Walker has one prerequisite for modern GOP presidential nominees: Walker "appeals to big GOP donors like the Koch brothers," and the unmentioned corollary, Walker does what he told.

Harfield notes that Walker will be a guest this coming Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," on Sunday morning.

Hey, maybe that probing George Stephanopoulos will amaze viewers with his penetrating questions and fearless epistemological search for the truth in the American political system.

John Doe II

It's likely that Hartfield does not realize how nervous Wisconsin Republicans are about the new John Doe probe.

John Doe probes in Wisconsin are launched to determine if and by whom crimes are committed when obstruction, conflicts of interest and other practical difficulties make a regular criminal investigation impossible.

For example, in the 2010-2013 John Doe probe into Walker's gang, "Milwaukee County prosecutors opened the secret John Doe criminal investigation more than two years ago after being stonewalled by Gov. Scott Walker's office when he was county executive, according to a newly released record."(Bice. MJS)

Six criminal convictions resulted from that John Doe probe.

Afterwards, Walker never held one listening session, explaining to the Wisconsin people why his personally appointed aides, with no veterans' advocacy experience and no non-profit experience, were appointed to Operation Freedom, from which Walker's appointees proceeded to embezzle $10,000s intended for veterans and their families

Now, rightwingers are fuming that another John Doe probe has been launched: "Francis Schmitz — who spent nearly 30 years as a federal prosecutor and was once a finalist for U.S. attorney in Milwaukee — is leading the widespread John Doe probe, according to sources. Overseeing the case is Kenosha County Circuit Judge Barbara A. Kluka," first reported by Dan Bice (with David Umhoefer and Jason Stein) of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in October 2013.

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal's headline screamed: "Wisconsin Political Speech Raid - Subpoenas hit allies of Scott Walker as his re-election campaign looms." Reads the Wall Street Journal:

Copies of two subpoenas we've seen demand "all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications" both internally and between the subpoena target and some 29 conservative groups, including Wisconsin and national nonprofits, political vendors and party committees. The groups include the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Americans for Prosperity—Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin. 

Bice's report says the John Doe probe is looking into whether campaign violations occurred during the 2011 recall elections among other areas, so it seems to make sense to look into the campaign contributors, while preserving the campaign contributors' privacy, and guaranteeing immunity in the investigation for those subpoenaed if they agree to testify, by statute.

"A court, on the motion of a district attorney, may compel a person to testify or produce evidence under s. 972.08 (1). The person is immune from prosecution as provided in s. 972.08 (1), subject to the restrictions under s. 972.085, reads the Wisconsin John Doe statute.

So, Republicans should stow their fake persecution outrage.

Maybe David Koch's revelation in an interview with a Palm Beach Press reporter in 2012 that Koch "took credit for Republicans' keeping control of the legislature in the Wisconsin state senate recall elections held in August 2011" is representative of campaign finance violations in the Wisconsin recall elections that saw $10s of millions funneled into Wisconsin.

Koch sprayed money all over the nation the last several years.

501(c)(4)s

Americans for Prosperity to which the Koch brothers have contributed is a 501(c)(4) organization. "Generally, political educational organizations [(501(c)(4)s] must conduct their activities in a non-partisan manner," reads an IRS guide. Americans for Prosperity, by the way, spent heavily for Republicans in Wisconsin the last three years.

As Lawrence O'Donnell pointed out in May 2013, 501(c)(4)s are by federal law, supposed to be operated "exclusively for the promotion of social welfare," as O'Donnell cites federal law on non-profit, tax exempt organizations. 

501(c)(3)s

Readers here have pointed out that the MacIver Institute (which teamed up with Americans for Prosperity) to produce the politcal It's Working, Wisconsin - Did it Right spot) is a 501(c)(3). 

This is could be a problem for the GOP front group.

And the MacIver Institute has several close ties to the Koch brothers. 

"Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office," reads an IRS guide.
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Wisconsin statute 968.26 on John Doe proceedings is the statutory authority for conducting John Doe probes in Wisconsin.

By statute 968.26 (2) (b):
The judge shall convene a proceeding as described under sub. (3) if he or she determines that a proceeding is necessary to determine if a crime has been committed. When determining if a proceeding is necessary, the judge may consider the law enforcement investigative reports, the records and case files of the district attorney, and any other written records that the judge finds relevant.
If Republicans really have a problem with this John Doe probe, and they do, why doesn't the Wisconsin GOP legislature and Scott Walker just change the John Doe statute?


As noted at this site:

The Wisconsin Benchbook reads in part RE John Doe Proceedings:

A: "Proceeding to determine whether crime committed and by whom."

D. "Must conduct self as neutral detached magistrate in determining probable cause [47.47.]

John Doe probes examine, investigate and determine if and by whom a crime has been committed, per Wisconsin statute.

John Doe probes are not mini-trials; full evidential trials in which a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt are reached. [Consider the cases Wisconsin v. Hooper, 101 Wis.2d 517, 544, 305 N.W.2d 110 (1981)) and Wisconsin v. Dunn, 121 Wis.2d at 396-97, 359 N.W.2d 151 (1984).]

The probe's purpose is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence and facts establishing probable cause that charges against a defendant should go forward and a probability of guilt exists at trial, such that the prosecution is able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of a defendant.

This is what has Republicans so spooked.

Apr 20, 2013

Prosecutorial Discretion and Prosecutorial Protection

NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna: American fascist
In Boston and Watertown, America has seen the best of law enforcement working with citizens and communities in a common effort.

Now comes word of the worst.

"The [Manhattan] District Attorney’s Office has concluded, after a thorough investigation, that we cannot prove these allegations criminally beyond a reasonable doubt," says Erin M. Duggan, chief spokeswoman for the Manhattan DA, Cy Vance.

Duggan refers to the savage attacks by New York City Police Inspector Tony Bologna who sought out and assaulted peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2011 with pepper spray in several premeditated acts of disgusting violence, captured on video, and plastered all over the Net in 2011. (John Del Signore, The Gothamist)

"Despite the overwhelming proof on videotape, seen around the world, (Manhattan District Attorney) Cy Vance Jr. has shown that it he will do nothing to disturb his cozy relationship with the police, even in the face of the clearest wrongdoing," attorney Ron Kuby said.

Consider also from late February (2013), the Milwaukee District Attorney's press release announcing the closing of the John Doe probe into Scott Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County executive in which Walker was not charged.

This February exoneration of sorts occurs—though Walker's e-mails on a secret, illegal e-mail system in his office were made public along with those of convicted felons' whom Walker hired and supervised—with the same explanation given about Inspector Tony Bologna.

The Milwaukee DA's press release reads in part: "I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded," per the Milwaukee DA John Chisholm's policy.

Proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That's what it takes to convict a defendant.

Now, this standard is increasingly presented by prosecutors to justify not launching prosecutions against protected figures like Anthony Bologna and Scott Walker, because these prosecutions might take a political toll on the prosecutors' offices.

This quantum of evidence of 'beyond a reasonable doubt' is not the standard used by prosecutors' offices to prosecute cases, though this position is getting more use of late as bigger-name, would-be defendants are getting away with corruption and in Bologna's case, physical assaults.

The process by a prosecutor's office in evaluating whether to bring a criminal charge is not a mini-trial with evidential presentations that prosecutors use as the basis to proceed only if the faux mini-trials conclude with a 'beyond a reasonable doubt' quasi verdict, which is the same as the standard to convict in a criminal trial.

There is no finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt reached; that's what a trial in a court of law does.

The reality is a miscarriage of justice that applies only for some, namely Walker and Bologna, and is pernicious to our society and the rule of law.

For most everyone else, prosecutors determine whether there is sufficient evidence and facts establishing probable cause that charges against a defendant should go forward and a probability of guilt exists before trial in jurisdictions in which alleged crimes are the "most flagrant, the public harm the greatest, and the proof the most certain," to again borrow from Jackson.

In our criminal justice system in which law enforcement officials routinely cook police reports and lie in open court (testilying), America has seen the criminal justice system create a "leviathan unmatched in human history," as Glenn C. Loury writes in Boston Review, [and his book, Race, Incarceration, and American Values. Glenn C. Loury. (MIT, 2008)].

This leviathan has not been constructed by prosecutors engaging in bringing only prosecutions they think are supported by evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.   

Ours is a punitive system that now nakedly protects high-profile, would-be defendants in the reasonable expectation that most people will not be paying attention, and most corporate press will work as stenographers.

Does any legal observer or defendant for that matter—surveying the mounting civil citations in municipalities as protests are deemed illegal, money is extracted from citizens, and the sheer number of criminal defendants incarcerated—believe the DA's offices (including Manhattan's and Milwaukee County's) prosecute only cases that prior to criminal trial and plea bargaining have been determined to have already met the legal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt?

Not a chance.

Surely, all of the innocent Americans persecuted by their local DA's offices would agree, and are critical of the corporate press that actually cheers innocent Americans being prosecuted.

Take an example, Stephen Biskupic, former U.S. Atty for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (2001-08).

After prosecuting proven-innocent voters, one Georgia Thompson and a Navy Vietnam-era veteran, Keith Roberts, Biskupic largely received a pass from the press and after 2008 worked for Scott Walker's campaign, before jumping ship early this year from the GOP's ethically challenged law firm where Biskupic was a partner.

Consider GOP mouthpiece Mike Nichols of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (May 11, 2007) who says though the evidence behind the prosecution of Georgia Thompson was a "bust," [Thompson's ludicrous conviction was actually tossed after oral arguments in April 2007, an occurrence that almost never happens] we should "admire" Biskupic.

That's giving an out-of-control US attorney a pass, certainly; one reads Nichols' piece and word "admire" rings out today.

Nichols is still writing for the Journal-Sentinel, despite issuing no apology or retraction for cheering on an innocent women being convicted of a federal crime by a corrupt U.S. attorney.

In Wisconsin, even as Scott Walker seems to believe he is above the law after DA Chisholm's refusal to prosecute Walker for misuse of public office, Walker has used the justice system and maintained his personal palace guard to issue civil citations to citizens expressing anti-Walker political thought at what has long been known as the People's House—our state capitol.

Wall Street bankers, Scott Walker, and Tony Bologna may think they are above the law as those prosecutors charged with building criminal cases and protecting the public decide the costs are too high to prosecute—too high for their careers—but refraining from protecting the public from the most egregious of baleful and illegal acts of powerful factions in our society is a betrayal.

As the great jurist, Robert Jackson said in 1940 while serving as U.S. attorney general:

The qualities of a good prosecutor are as elusive and as impossible to define as those which mark a gentleman. And those who need to be told would not understand it anyway. A sensitiveness to fair play and sportsmanship is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.
Citizens the nation-over need to ask: Does fair play, human kindness and truth, sound like our U.S. Attorney and local DA?

If not, then speak up.

If so, an occasional thank-you is in order.

Now, too many prosecutors are protecting powerful, unindicted criminals using the imprimatur of prosecutorial discretion as they look to the future with their eyes posted firmly on their careers.

Justice Jackson addressed this action as well: "Any prosecutor who risks his day-to-day professional name for fair dealing to build up statistics of success has a perverted sense of practical values, as well as defects of character."

The statistics Jackson referred to are how well the actions of the office serve the powerful.

As for character, that seems to belong to another time.

Feb 7, 2013

Walker Still Keeps Criminal Defense Fund Contributors Secret

  • When he says he believes in government transparency, it's not just a campaign slogan, Walker said. "I don't just say that, I've lived it," he said. (Jim Rowen. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Nov.21, 2012)
  •  My first question was a softball: “Will you pledge right now to run the most open, transparent gubernatorial administration in the history of the universe?” Gov.-elect Scott Walker’s one-word reply: “Absolutely.” (Mark Pitsch. Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal. Dec 23, 2010)
One typically does not begin a short column with bulleted quotes.

Then again we typically do not have a governor in Wisconsin accepting $100,000s given to a secret criminal defense fund, putting the lie to a central campaign promise vis a vis his direct predecessor.

As John Nichols writes: "While most Americans were preparing to celebrate New Year’s Eve, newly released documents revealed that Wisconsin’s governor was quietly doing something else: transferring $40,000 from his campaign account to the secretive fund he uses to pay some of the top criminal defense lawyers in the country."

If all Scott Walker wants to do is "cooperate" with the John Doe probe charged with finding out if and by whom crimes have been committed during Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County Executive, he can stop his stonewalling and say to John Doe investigators and the Wisconsin people: 'Ask me anything. My commitment to openness and transparency is absolute. '

Feb 6, 2013

Will John Doe Probe of Scott Walker's Office also Result in a Civil Action

Informed Wisconsin jurists confirm that the documentary record of John Doe proceedings in Wisconsin can remain secret even after criminal convictions might be secured and the proceedings are declared to be ended, at the discretion of the presiding judge.

Irrespective of what happens after the proceedings are closed [no one knows when], Eye on Wisconsin asks today, When John Doe Ends, Will Civil Remedies Begin?

A good question to pose of the sordid affairs of the only sitting Wisconsin governor to ever have formed a criminal defense fund.

Feb 1, 2013

Scott Walker Still Refusing to Speak to Wisconsin People on Criminal John Doe Probe

Tim Russell and long-time aide and friend, Scott Walker
Update: Many outside Wisconsin -- following the news here the last two years as Scott Walker and Republican senators used Koch brothers money to hold onto political power -- have asked, 'what's wrong with Wisconsin? First Russ Feingold is gone and now ... ?' A big part of the answer is the amount of money the Republicans, with their hands out, have at their disposal. Perhaps equally important is the fact that the Wisconsin broadcast and corporate media have buried the Walker-Tea Party-GOP corruption, a part of which is under investigation by the criminal John Doe probe. Consider today's print edition of the GOP's Wisconsin State Journal. Buried on page five under the small AP "Digest" is some four column inches of the news that Walker "adds money to legal defense fund." No quote from non-GOP sources (though) they are readily available. Just a Walker-slanted piece with a reference to Walker spokeswoman, Nicole Tieman, who is quoted with no knockdown that Walker needs the money to "cooperate" with John Doe authorities.

Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, on the other hand, quotes Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski: "It is beyond belief at this point that Walker had no role in crimes that have led to the convictions of six aides and supporters. Time will tell what's in store for him."
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News today that "Gov. Scott Walker transferred $40,000 in campaign funds late last year to his legal (criminal defense) fund," has renewed questions about whether Wisconsin citizens' governor is a crook.

The three-year John Doe probe into Scott Walker's rise to political power during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive has discovered a rat's nest of criminal activity and secured the convictions of the nucleus of Walker's political inner circle.

As for explanation from Scott Walker to the people of Wisconsin, no one in Wisconsin's formerly squeaky-clean political culture expects Walker to visit all (or any) of Wisconsin's 72 counties in listening sessions and say: Ask me anything. You deserve to know your governor is not a crook.

No one expects Walker to explain why he refused to publicly call upon his personally appointed former aides (now convicted felons) to simply tell the full truth to John Doe investigators working for the Milwaukee District Attorney's office.

As noted in today's column by Cognitive Dissidence, not one convicted felon who worked for Walker has come forward and publicly declared Walker's innocence of misusing his public office for political, private puposes—a felony.

This complete silence of the Walker gang, including those who pled guilty to felonies and have been sentenced is not demanded by the secrecy codicils of the John Doe proceedings.

Reads Wisconsin statute on Criminal Proceedings (968.26 on John Doe Proceedings):

Subject to s. 971.23, if the proceeding is secret, the record of the proceeding and the testimony taken shall not be open to inspection by anyone except the district attorney unless it is used by the prosecution at the preliminary hearing or the trial of the accused and then only to the extent that it is so used. A court, on the motion of a district attorney, may compel a person to testify or produce evidence under s. 972.08 (1). The person is immune from prosecution as provided in s. 972.08 (1), subject to the restrictions under s. 972.085.
Point is: Nothing prevents Walker or his gang from saying: 'Look, I'm innocent. This slander must stop. And Scott Walker surely is innocent of misuse of public office, in my view.'

Or Walker could have negotiated an immunity deal; saying in effect: Anyone is my past administration breaks the law; they get what they deserve.'

Walker took a different way.

Walker's response has been to hire a PR firm; become the first sitting Wisconsin governor in history to form a criminal defense fund; and continually mislead the Wisconsin people and the gullible press about why the John Doe Proceedings were begun in the first place—Walker's stonewalling.

John Doe proceeding can be kept secret even after convictions might be secured and the proceedings are declared to be ended.

But the presumption of innocence under the law, and the right to declare one's innocence live on. This right is not negated by John Doe proceedings.

Why is no one in this matter declaring their own or past colleagues' innocence?

Oct 13, 2012

Scott Walker Aide Convicted of Stealing from Veterans' Group

Scott Walker on motorcycle at Operation Freedom event,
Walker's aides stole-from fund
meant for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

Update: “I think it would be difficult for any experienced criminal lawyer to conclude anything but that the governor in one way, shape or form has some involvement in this investigation,” said Peggy A. Lautenschlager, a former Wisconsin attorney general and a former United States attorney in the state who served under Bill Clinton’s administration. “And likely, alleged criminal involvement.” (Yaccino. NYT) This is on yet another Walker aide who plead guilty last week in the growing WalkerGate scandal.

Scott Walker liked to pose with veterans and steal their valor in his years-long, successful quest for Wisconsin governor elected in 2010.

Then came the John Doe investigation. The probe made the case of among other crimes, Walker aides stealing from veterans after Walker stonewalled the Milwaukee District Attorney's looking into the allegations of Walker's criminal rise to power. Walker told the Wisconsin people before his June recall election that he was trying to "help" the investigation.

The Wisconsin media largely buried the story of Walker's people stealing from veterans, so not so many in central and northern Wisconsin even knew of the criminal investigation. Veterans' slamming this crime was a story also buired.

For example: "The following award is being presented to Scott Walker, Kevin Kavanaugh and Tim Russell for actions BELOW and INFERIOR AGAINST VETERANS: The Distinguished RAT BASTARD Tail for Thievery and Lack of Accountability." Joe ‘Ragman’ Tarnovsky

Walker and his gang are reportedly under investigation from a federal grand jury as well, and Walker has established a criminal defense fund.

From the AP

 One of Gov. Scott Walker's former associates was found guilty Friday of stealing more than $51,000 that had been donated to help veterans and their families.

Prosecutors alleged that Kevin Kavanaugh, of Cudahy, Wisconsin skimmed the money from bank deposits and phony withdrawals from accounts for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veterans service organization.

Kavanaugh was treasurer of the group. Kavanaugh, 62, did not testify at his trial and said nothing following the verdict by the Milwaukee County jury, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The biggest source of money Kavanaugh was accused of tapping were donations made for Operation Freedom, an annual picnic and veterans event at the zoo that Walker hosted while he was Milwaukee County executive.

In 2006, Walker's county office arranged to have the Operation Freedom donations and expenses run through the Purple Heart chapter after being advised by county lawyers to have a separate nonprofit handle the books rather than continue to have Walker aides do so. Kavanaugh, who also worked as a counselor at the Veterans Administration Hospital, had been named by Walker to the county Veterans Service Commission.

Jun 28, 2012

Scalia the Hack; Neal Nettesheim the Judge

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a hack who needs to resign from the Supreme Court, says E.J. Dionne Jr., though Dionne uses less accurate but more polite language in advocating Scalia's resignation for corruption.

Here in Wisconsin, the land of the know-nothing Wisconsin corporate media, we have Judge Neal Nettesheim convening and overseeing the John Doe investigation into the Scott Walker gang and its veterans' money embezzling beauties.

A desperate, long-time aide to Walker, Tim Russell, keeps making ludicrous motions that must keep the Milwaukee County DA's office in good spirits as its demolishes this Republican vermin.

Judge Nettesheim is not a good target for Republicans as his ethics and impartiality are unassailable.

May 23, 2012

As Journal-Sentinel Flacks Away, Scott Walker Goes off Script

Scott Walker meets with his propaganda team
Scott Walker said Kelly Reinfleish, "did what she was expected to do" after Walker hired and promoted her in 2010 in the Milwaukee County Executive's office.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel again parrots the GOP line: "Two weeks out from Wisconsin's historic recall election, Gov. Scott Walker appears to have momentum, money and motivated supporters on his side."

Momentum and motivated supporters?

Did Marley, Stein and Bergquist really write this lede?

Their piece's supporting facts and data present far less than a rigorous empirical case supporting their conclusion.

Scott Walker's campaign headquarters
To the contrary, out of the GOP bubble Scott Walker for the first time in Wisconsin history, has to hide his campaign headquarters so unpopular is he with a broad coalition of Wisconsin families.

The MJS piece quotes Mark Graul, GOP operative four times; cites Walker spokeswoman, Ciara Matthews twice; cites Ben Sparks, spokesman for the state Republican Party three times; and omits Walker's war on women.

Its reference to the criminal John Doe probe omits quoting from the criminal complaints that have resulted so far in 15 felonies and three misdemeanors, and in another first a sitting govenor establishing a criminal defense fund; no mention of Walker's top aides stealing from veterans; no mention of Walker usurping local control of communites; power grabs, massive cuts to education and so on.

The rest is false equivalence and tripe not worthy of Marley and Stein's typical writing. Don't know much about Bergquist.

For example:

Walker still faces considerable challenges, from determined opposition from union supporters to a John Doe investigation of his former aides while Milwaukee County executive and the fact that the previous two governors facing recalls in the country both lost. But Democrats face challenges of their own, from Walker's modest lead to the small numbers of undecided voters who could still be persuaded.
Out of the GOP bubble, Cognitive Dissidence offers this today:

Walkergate: He Said, She Said

He, being Scott Walker, discussing Kelly Rindfleish in a radio interview. [Walker] said:

'She did what she was expected to do.'

She, being Kelly Rindfleisch, discussing what she was doing while employed by Walker at Milwaukee County, said (top of page 4 of criminal complaint)

'really, half of what I'm doing is policy for the campaign...its policy stuff but its for use over there...I'm also doing operation freedom'

Isn't it refreshing to hear Scott Walker finally tell the truth?
Walker hired several aides who committed felonies that Walker says are a "distraction," so presumably Walker should get a pass from breaking several criminal state and federal statutes.

Rindfleisch's reference to Operation Freedom is Scott Walker's PR gig pretending to support veterans by appointing cronies who embezzled $10,000s meant for veterans and families, and using "the money to pay for Caribbean and Hawaiian vacations and a political trip to Atlanta to meet with Herman Cain's presidential campaign," among other dishonorable and criminal deeds.

One would think this would be quite a story dominating the campaign. But the Milwuakee Jounral-Sentinel has buried the story along with every GOP media outlet.

Kelly Rindfleisch was brought in from Columbus County, violated the residency requirement for Milwaukee County employment staying at the home of James Villa, former Chief of Staff for the Milwaukee County Executive Office and long-time personal friend of Scott Walker, and informal advisor to the Friends of Scott Walker in 2010. (The Brad Blog)

The MJS doesn't think what looks like conspiracy to secretly break Wisconsin law is sexy enough to cover during the historic recall campaign.

As the apparently weary Walker said, Kelly Rindfleisch "did what she was expected to do."

Enough of that, MJS, tell your readers about Donald Driver's dancing.

May 19, 2012

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel—The Death of a Newspaper

The Milwaukee Journal from 1973 (above) -
The golden age of journalism when corrupt
politicians such as Richard Nixon were held
accountable, - Today, the Journal-Sentinel is
not a check on Wisconsin's own Nixon, Scott Walker.
The Journal-Sentinel actively promotes his career,
shields Walker's corruption, even creating an
enemies' list in service to Scott Walker.
Update: MJS defends Walker against recall in editorial, ahistorical and incoherent. Not one word about lies, about promises broken, about Walker's condoning aides' stealing from veterans. MJS calls families protesting Walker, "tantrums."

There was a time when journalism played a vital role in democracy, holding politicians to account for their actions in office.

When newspapers competed  to investigate and report stories on corruption, lack of transparency and betrayal of the public trust, papers specifically served as a counter-weight, performing a reformist function in a democracy.

Not anymore (with some notable exceptions).

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is a cautionary tale of what happens when media empires decide that their news product ought to promote the career of its chosen politicians, the public, the facts and the truth be damned.

Paul I. Tascoupe has a wrap-up of the Journal-Sentinel's latest effort to spin the news for Scott Walker's campaign against the Wisconsin people who demanded Walker's recall election in the face of the Journal-Sentinel's unyielding support for Walker throughout his myriad scandals and the recall effort.

The Journal-Sentinel changed a headline on jobs to help out Walker who realizes his 250,000 new jobs is a posturing promise that has no chance in hell of being met. Walker also realizes that his spin and statements are not meant to last; lie and evade and the Journal-Sentinel is there to cover for him.

From Tascoupe:

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Graeme Zielinski had this to say about the 'controversial headline.'
“The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been a reliable friend to Scott Walker over the years, with a few notable exceptions. They have endorsed him, they have opposed his recall, they have adopted his talking points and here, they seek to add to the fog created solely by Scott Walker himself over the historic job losses endured by Wisconsin, we argue as a direct result of Walker's "divide and conquer" policies. Our candidates frequently dispute assumptions made by Scott Walker Republicans in their unrelenting propaganda machine, but never does this result with the state's largest paper then using that "controversy" to modify or describe the fact or number itself. That the Journal Sentinel chose to do so in this case, or at all, shows a deep-seated bias that hangs from the publisher to the editor on down, corrupting the content of the news pages of Scott Walker's favorite paper. This was a mistake, pure and simple, and the paper's failure to own up to it sounds very much like the same never-ending stream of justifications that flow from the lips of Scott Walker himself.”

May 10, 2012

Scott Walker's Refusal to Call for Truth from All Staff

Running scared from an undisclosed location
We have 26 days until the recall election day and Scott Walker is still silent on demands that he make a public announcement to his former and current staff to tell the simple truth to John Doe criminal investigators.

This silence in the face of Walker's veterans' money-stealing top aides speaks volumes.

Forget the Wisconsin people. Lie and evade, Walker says.

Walker has repeatedly said he just wants to "help" the criminal probe, and yet he refuses to to issue this statement that would after all, respond to the Wisconsin people whom he is supposedly representing.

Tim Russell, how about you tell the truth, the whole truth?

Kelly Rindfleisch, that goes triple for you.

Why won't Walker make such public calls for the truth in the John Doe proceedings?

It's not a difficult thing to do.

The reason is clear. Walker is in over his head in criminal and corrupt dealings when he ran his 2010 campaign out of the Milwaukee executive's office.

May 7, 2012

GOP Daily Newspaper Goes Joe McCarthy, Runs Searchable GOP Enemies' List

Newspaper sponsors harassment and enemies' list database

Though no one publicly questions the validity of the petition to recall Scott Walker anymore, the GOP-linked Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is sponsoring a searchable database to see who wants to recall Republicans.

Nixon's enemies' list reborn; this GOP list is searchable
and is sponsored by the press, Journal Communications Inc.
The database does the work of right-wing parties and assorted wackos who cannot stand Wisconsin citizens voting GOP politicians out of office, per the Wisconsin constitution recall provisions.

A hostile employer, a neighbor, or a violent criminal can use the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's (MJS) system to locate a name and address on the Journal-Sentinel's database and make decisions based on the list.

Already, there have been numerous death threats, acts of harassment and assaults made against recall volunteers and citizens, and people who signed the recall petition.

The database is highly user-friendly and faster and more reliable than another GOP online, recall database.

The MJS piece announcing the database today does not include reference to or the language of Article XIII, Section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution, enshrining the right of Wisconsin citizens to recall elected officials when voters deem it appropriate.

Nor, does the MJS address concerns about crimes and assaults to civil liberties that might be made on the basis of the online list.

MJS

The MJS had taken an anti-recall Scott Walker editorial stance throughout the Walker administration.

The MJS corporate parent company, Journal Communications, Inc., took a pro-recall editorial stance when Scott Walker worked for the recall of Sen. Kohl and other democrats, and during Walker's efforts to recall the Milwaukee county executive whom Walker replaced in office.

John Doe

Walker and his 2010 campaign for governor that was run out of the Milwaukee county executive's office are now the focus of a criminal John Doe probe that has resulted in numerous criminal charges and convictions.

Walker has retained criminal defense attorneys, set up a criminal defense fund (a first for a governor in Wisconsin history), and likely will face criminal charges unless an immunity deal is reached.

Scott Walker

"The recall is not about public employees nor is it about politics as usual. It is about Walker's toxic brand of political fundamentalism -- heartless and historically unprecedented -- that should repel fair-minded, mainstream voters everywhere,"  writes Paul Fanlund in the Capital Times.

This political fundamentalism is intended to carve up the electorate as Walker takes in $millions from out-of-state contributors, some $60,000 of which has already been transferred to his criminal defense fund.

May 1, 2012

Video Reveals GOP Plans to Discredit John Doe Probe into Scott Walker's Campaign

Sponsored by Scott Walker's front group -
Citizens for Responsible Government
GOP effort to pressure John Doe criminal probe captured on video; project seeks to defend Walker's criminal rise to power

Presiding John Doe Judge, Neal Nettesheim and Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm made a big mistake in the minds of Republicans.

They are guilty of seditious libel, the discredited (for some) legal doctrine that we citizens may not speak ill of the king or engage in practices inciting hatred or disrespect for the king—the rightful ruler of Wisconsin, no matter what the citizens wish.

Thus, efforts to recall or hold King Scott Walker to the rule of law are not to be suffered by the Republican Party.

Citizens for a Responsible Government, long allied with GOP flack, Charlie Sykes and Scott Walker who used the group to demand the recall of the county executive Walker replaced.

MADISON – Shocking new video obtained by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin uncovers a cynical, hidden plot by Scott Walker’s political machine to undermine judicial independence and interfere with the unprecedented John Doe criminal corruption probe into Scott Walker’s administration that has required Walker to form a criminal defense fund.

In the videos, former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher, a partisan hack who was frequently criticized for using his public office for obvious political purposes, advises attendees of a $20-a-head Citizens for Responsible Government seminar on how to launch a campaign attacking the John Doe process, up to and including a suggestion to file civil lawsuits against prosecutors. ...

Bucher: [5:30] “Umm..and I wouldn’t make allegations of a political witch hunt..etc., etc., try to keep that aside. Just that these leaks are compromising the process and we encourage you to use your power to try to identify those leaks and restore confidence in this process.”

Apr 22, 2012

Veterans Will Not Let Up on Scott Walker's Aides Stealing from Veterans

Ernest A. Canning is a Vietnam veteran and leading legal critic
of Scott Walker's likely criminal involvement in WalkerGate,
and Walker's voter obstruction project. Canning writes at
The Brad Blog.


Scott Walker set up his friends, Multiple Kelly Rindfleisch, Tim Russell and Kevin Kavanaugh as paid employees of non-profits intended to help veterans and their friends.

Scott Walker is toast.

If his aides' stealing from veterans is not enough to catch the Wisconsin electorate’s eyes as the mainstream press tries to hide the story, alternative media like this stays busy and brings these low lives’ actions to the fore. Ernest A. Canning ( Vietnam vet (4th Infantry, Central) won't let up, and Walker can spin all he wants.

Operation Freedom, advertised by then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, "thanks our Armed Forces members and veterans for their service." (July 5, 2009).
But in October of 2009, Scott Walker inexplicably ordered the transfer of $19,000 in Operation Freedom funds and financial control over to his then Deputy Chief of Staff, Tim Russell who had no experience running a non-profit. Mr. Russell then allegedly stole thousands of dollars from Operation Freedom and used the money to pay for Caribbean and Hawaiian vacations and a political trip to Atlanta to meet with Herman Cain's presidential campaign. Walker Investigations.
Joe 'Ragman' Tarnovsky, United States Army (28 January 1968 to 22 Oct 1970) e-mails us: "The following award is being presented to Scott Walker, Kevin Kavanaugh and Tim Russell for actions BELOW and INFERIOR AGAINST VETERANS: The Distinguished RAT BASTARD Tail for Thievery and Lack of Accountability."

Let's looks at Kevin Kavanaugh.
Mr. Kavanaugh, Scott Walker's close friend and political appointee to a Veterans Commission, faces several serious felony and misdemeanor charges for embezzling at least $42,232 from the Military Order of the Purple Heart between 2006 and 2009. Mr. Kavanaugh allegedly took the money from donations that included more than $28,000 given by former state Rep. Mark Gundrum, who had donated his legislative salary to the group while serving on active military duty in Iraq. Mr. Kavanaugh is also alleged to have stolen money earmarked for children of Wisconsin military service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The criminal complaint said he and his wife had credit card debt exceeding $40,000. Control of Operation Freedom funds was transferred from the Military Order of the Purple Heart to the Cudwoth Legion Post in February 2009, a chapter of American Legion, a nationally recognized veterans organization. Walker Investigations
Then there's Multiple Kelly Rindfleisch.

According to the criminal complaint against Rindfleisch [check it out, it's utterly damning of Rindfleisch], a GOP operative brought in to secretly and illegally work on Walker's 2010 campaign out the Milwaukee County Executive's office, she worked on Operation Freedom as well (p. 3,4).

Rinfleisch is up to her eyes in illegal activity caught on her communications, and the best she can realistically hope for is a pardon from Scott Walker, which he refuses to rule out.

Reads the complaint, quoting Rindfleisch who communicated on the secret e-mail system run out of Walker's executive office after Rindfleisch assures her partners she is on a secret system, later retrieved by prosecutors. Rindfleisch says:

(Rindfleisch is chatting with another friend)
Friend: Who do you work with?
Rindfelsich: tim russell
Friend: What are your policy areas
Rindfleisch: fran, I don't have specific policy areas, I do projects tim gives me
Friend: what's your title?
Rindfleisch: policy advisor
Friend: that's fancy
Rindfleisch: but I don't need fancy
Friend: I wish you didn't work for government...now I can't talk to you about campaign stuff online Rindfleisch: I'm on my laptop, separate system
Friend: oh...not shit, so it's cool?
Rindfleisch: yah
Friend: are you going to be helping out the campaign too?
Rindfleisch: really, half of what I'm doing is policy for the campaign, its policy stuff but its for use over there
Rindfleisch: I'm also doing Operation Freedom

Congratulations are due Rindflsisch, however, because as an Operation Freedom, Scott Walker appointee, she didn't embezzle from veterans—that's an achievement in the land of Scott Walker who condones unethical and illegal behavior.

Rindflsisch merely is charged with four felonies for misconduct in public office.
So Rindfleisch just admitted in her court filing that these statements are true, and that she only took the Milwaukee County job as a campaign position for the election season. Put this together with then-County Exec Walker being the sole person signing off on Rindfleisch's hiring and promotion, and you see that Scott Walker brought Kelly Rindfleisch on as a campaign worker, but paid her out of the County Executive's Office, in clear violation of state law. And lastly, let's not forget that Rindfleisch admits in the chats that she does projects for Tim Russell and has the separate laptop and computer system. And what did Scott Walker do on the night the Darlene Wink resignation happened, and the Walkergate web was starting to be revealed? He sent Tim Russell (who Rindfleisch was doing projects for on the separate laptop and wireless system, remember) the following message: 'We cannot afford another story like this one. No one can give them any reason to fo another story. That means no latops, no websites no time away during the work day, etc." (Scott Walker) via Jake
Writer Ernest A. Canning ( Vietnam vet (4th Infantry, Central) notes:
To establish proper venue in Milwaukee County, prosecutors allege in the Rindfleisch complaint that, per her personnel file, "Rindfleisch claimed her residence as 133 South 93rd Street, West Allis, Wisconsin," which just happened to be the residence of "James Villa, former Chief of Staff for the Milwaukee County Executive Office and long-time personal friend of Scott Walker. He served as informal advisor to the Friends of Scott Walker in 2010." According to WPR, in his change of venue motion, Gimbel alleges that the case against Rindfleisch should not be heard in Milwaukee County Circuit Court because she did not actually reside in Milwaukee County at the time she was employed in the Milwaukee County Executive Office. However, the official complaint alleges that Villa testified Rindfleisch began living in his home several days per week "to fulfill her residency requirement as a Milwaukee County employee." According to the prosecutors' complaint, that allegation was confirmed by "chats" pulled from Rindfleisch's laptop. County employment as cover for campaign activity WPR reports [emphasis added]:
"The governor has distanced himself from Rindfleisch, although a copy of her personnel file obtained by Wisconsin Public Radio shows Walker was the only person to sign off on her hiring. He was also the only person to approve her promotion two months later."
In last month's article on the continuing "John Doe" investigation, we noted that Rindfleisch's promotion to Walker's Deputy Chief of Staff placed her less than 25 feet from the door of Walker's office as County Executive. That was at the same time, according to the Rindfleisch complaint, that she was routinely using a secret email system set up by Walker's former Deputy Chief of Staff Tim Russell to carry out extensive campaign activities on behalf of Walker's campaign arm which calls itself Friends of Scott Walker. But the complaint also alleges that Rindfleisch began her illegal participation in campaign activities during office hours from the moment she began working in the Milwaukee County Executive Office. The change of venue motion, placed in the context of the allegations contained in the Rindfleish complaint, suggests that extraordinary efforts were made to evade the residency requirement in order to bring a political operative (Rindfleish --- who was also previously tied to the Assembly Republican Caucus Scandal that put several high-ranking state officials in jail several years earlier), into the Milwaukee County Executive Office in order to misuse that position for the political advantage of Walker in his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. The fact that Walker signed off on both her initial hire and her later promotion strongly suggests that Walker was in on the scheme from day-one. That inference is reinforced by the "smoking gun" 5/14/10 emails between Walker and Russell and between Rindfleisch and Russell. That series of emails reveals that Rindfleisch pulled the plug on the secret email system just ten minutes after Walker told Russell, in the wake of public exposure of former Milwaukee County employee Darlene Wink's illegal political missives sent during office hours: "We cannot afford another story like this one…That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the day, etc." All-in-all, these points seem to back up our contention from last week, in the wake of the establishment of his new Legal Defense Fund, that Scott Walker may be now be a target of prosecutors in the long-running "John Doe" investigation which has already led to the indictments of four of his former top deputies.
Further notes Caning:
The fact that Walker signed off on both her initial hire and her later promotion strongly suggests that Walker was in on the scheme from day-one. That inference is reinforced by the "smoking gun" 5/14/10 emails between Walker and Russell and between Rindfleisch and Russell. That series of emails reveals that Rindfleisch pulled the plug on the secret email system just ten minutes after Walker told Russell, in the wake of public exposure of former Milwaukee County employee Darlene Wink's illegal political missives sent during office hours: "We cannot afford another story like this one…That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the day, etc."
Scott Walker is toast. If his aides stealing from veterans is not enough to catch the Wisconsin electorate's eyes as the mainstream press tries to hide the story, alternative media like this stays busy and keeps these low lives' actions to the fore.