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Gov. Scott Walker Suspected in ‘Criminal’ Election Scheme

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Posted on Jun 20, 2014

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Court documents unsealed Thursday show that federal prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups in a nationwide “criminal scheme” to break election laws.

The Associated Press reports:

No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents were made public as part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging the probe by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. A federal appeals court judge ordered them publicly released Thursday after prosecutors and the Wisconsin Club for Growth did not object.

One of the filings from lead prosecutor Francis Schmitz outlines previously unknown details about the investigation that began in 2012 as Walker was facing a recall election. No charges have been filed as a result of the investigation.

Prosecutors said Walker, his former chief of staff Keith Gilkes, top adviser RJ Johnson and others were discussing illegal fundraising and coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including Republican strategist Karl Rove.

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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