Scott Walker “John Doe” Corruption Probe Clears Legal Hurdle, Moves Forward

Published On September 25, 2014 | By Bob Rowen |

A major roadblock has been lifted in the quest to prosecute Tea Party Republican Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, for corruption.

The “Joe Doe” probe had been stalled by a ruling from District Judge Randolph Randa of Milwaukee, a George H.W. Bush appointee. On Wednesday that ruling was overturned by a three judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Among the issues uncovered in the probe, court documents revealed, is fundraising Walker engaged in for the group Club for Growth.  The group received $7oo,ooo from a company that was trying gain approval for a large open-pit mine. Walker has supported that project.

David Rivkin Jr., a lawyer for the Club for Growth who last week resigned from working on GOP speaker of the House, John Boehner’s lawsuit against the president, commented,

“We will continue to fight this abuse of government power.”

Randall Crocker, Attorney for the Special Prosecutor on the case, Francis Schmitz saw it differently.

“The court found, as we have asserted, that the government is entitled to regulate coordination between candidates’ campaigns and purportedly independent groups.”

The bad news could not have come at a worse time for the embattled Koch-supported Walker, who finds himself in a tight race in his reelection bid with Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

Burke had this to say,

“As I’ve said repeatedly, if a secret $700,000 donation from a mining company with legislation pending before the state — who then gets what they want — isn’t illegal, it should be.” 

The probe still cannot resume until other questions still before the courts are resolved, but this is a major hurdle.

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A lifelong politics junkie with particular interests in privatization and other business and labor issues like minimum wage and immigration.Robert Rowen is also a writer of fiction.His first novel is called The Ballad of Llewellynn.

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