Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker allegedly was at the center of a criminal scheme to illegally coordinate fundraising with conservative groups and his recall-election campaign, according to newly released documents from a Wisconsin investigation.
Prosecutors allege that Walker, his chief of staff, and others on his campaign tried to bypass state election laws by working with 12 national conservative groups to raise money for his election effort in 2011 and 2012.
Charges, however, have not been filed against Walker or any member of his staff.
The investigation found an email from May 4, 2011, between Walker and former Bush adviser Karl Rove, in which Walker says that one of his top deputies, R.J. Johnson, would lead the coordination effort.
Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities).
The documents come from part of a "John Doe" investigation — called that because it is conducted in private and is sealed from the public. A federal judge unsealed the investigation Thursday.
The investigation has been a thorn in the side of Walker in the past several years, especially after investigators released emails from Walker aides recently showing racist and homophobic jokes.