Wisconsin Dems File Ethics Complaint Over Koch Prank

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It was embarrassing enough that Gov. Scott Walker got duped into thinking he was talking to billionaire David Koch on the phone two weeks ago, but the Wisconsin Democratic Party is alleging that Walker broke state laws by attempting to collude with the Koch impostor, Buffalo Beast's Ian Murphy. The Plum Line's Greg Sargent has a complaint being filed today by Wisconsin Dems with the state Government Accountability Board.

Some excerpts:

12. During the Call, a transcript of which is attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit "A," Respondent requests that "Koch" run ads in the districts of Republican incumbents in swing districts. This request to initiate independent expenditures on Respondent's behalf constitutes illegal third-party coordination in violation of Wis. Stat. Section 11.38. ...

14. Further, Respondent received the Call and engaged in the above-described activity while in the office of the Governor in the State Capitol, a state-owned building, in violation of Wis. Stat. Section 11.36(4), which prohibits entering or remaining in any state building, office, or room for the purpose of requesting a political contribution. ...

16. Respondent states during the Call that he has the Attorney General's office "looking into" strategies to force the Democratic senators to return. This constitutes a misuse of the independently elected office of the Attorney General for primarily political motivations.

Read the full story at The Plum Line.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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