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State Dems Want GAB to Address Gov. Walker Criminal Defense Fund

The state Democratic party says Gov. Walker's involvement, or lack thereof, in the John Doe investigation doesn't meet statutory reasons for establishing a criminal defense fund.

During a conference call today with reporters, state Democratic Chair Mike Tate said he is calling on the Government Accountability Board to look more closely at why Gov. Scott Walker needs a criminal defense fund.

Tate cited a state statute that outlines the reasons for a government official or their agent to establish a criminal defense fund: by either being a target of an investigation or pending being charged with a crime. Tate said Walker doesn't meet those benchmarks, based on the governor's own statements.

"First he said he hadn't been contacted about the investigation," he said. "Then he's saying he was contacted and is cooperating."

The question becomes, Tate continued, whether or not Walker is lying about the corruption probe or if he set up an illegal fund.

In either case, the Democrats want the GAB "to address and adjudicate" the matter at their meeting next Tuesday.

"We call on the GAB so people can get answers," Tate added. "This is especially important because we have a pending recall election. Voters should be able to make an informed decision."

Reid Magney, spokesperson for the GAB, said the agency has no comment at this time.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is Walker's presumed opponent in the June 5 recall election. He issued a written statement today about the governor's defense fund and the investigation into Walker's time as Milwaukee County Executive.

"It’s time for Walker to come clean about whether he is a target of this investigation or not,” said Barrett in a written statement.  “Character matters, and I’ve always tried to hold myself to the highest level of integrity.  I will bring this same commitment to the governor's office, and that’s why Walker needs to answer these questions for the people of Wisconsin.”

Last month, Walker moved $60,000 from a campaign fund into his criminal defense fund. He announced in March the creation of the Scott Walker Trust fund. According to Tate, the governor has retained counsel out of Chicago that Tate says has experience defending organized crime.

The John Doe investigation is targeting former Walker staffers from when he was the Milwaukee County Executive. So far, six former aides have been charged with a variety of crimes including using county time to campaign for their boss, stealing money from county fund accounts and illegal use of taxpayer money for campaign activities.

mau May 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
As Governor will a democrat support Senator Herb Kohl's endeavor to build a new arena in Milwaukee?
GD Freethinker May 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
So, why would Gov. Manypenny establish a defense fund if he didn't think he needed it? Nice to be able to move campaign funds around. Once again, the sugar daddies are supporting their little devil.
MrsPeel May 07, 2012 at 04:17 AM
@Tom Barrett. You keep posting that inclusive report and it still is quite meaningless. This survey from CEO magazine doesn’t say much about who the respondents are; do they represent large corporations, small companies, or small businesses. Putting that aside there is some interesting information which can be gleaned from the survey. (With Texas being the state that helps the count.) The ten lowest ranked states for business climate are home to 225 Fortune 500 Companies while the ten highest ranked states are home to only 140 of the Fortune 500. The fifteen lowest ranked states are home to a total of 256 Fortune 500′s while the top 15 are populated by only 157 of the big companies. So, it would appear that the “perception” of the survey respondents does not match “reality”. One could also draw the conclusion that these people don’t put their “money where their mouth is”. The validity of this survey is at about the same level as the myth that Gov. Walker had anything to do with moving Wisconsin up in the rankings.
MrsPeel May 07, 2012 at 04:31 AM
@GD Freethinker... But, but, what about George Soros. The poor picked upon TEAPublicans have to defend themselves from the Great Soros. So Scooter, while tending to business of course, picks up some spare change from Freedom Works, Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas, the Swift Boat guy from Texas (Bob Perry), three or four millionaires in Missouri, and Foster Freiss who funded Santorum, to name a few. None of these people have any direct interest in Wisconsin (though Freiss was born in Clear Lake). He has to get all of these people on board to protect him from the Great "Meanie" Soros. Walker is such a pathetic Dweeb; kicked out of college for cheating and continuing that habit right up to the "Special Call" from the Fake David Koch. He will look good in the Orange Jumpsuit after his felony convictions.
Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Why was there not a news article written about the John Doe being closed after 2 years and clearing Walker??? There were multiple articles linking Walker to the John Doe over the past years. Barrett even made false accusations during the recall campaign.

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