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Forum Post: Scott Walker and the Secret "John Doe" Investigation Explained (Updated)

Posted 2 years ago on March 10, 2012, 8:08 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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This explainer has been updated with new developments in the John Doe investigation, including a guilty plea by a former Walker aide. Click here to jump to those details. For background on the probe, keep reading.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/scott-walker-john-doe-investigation-explained

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[-] 3 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 2 years ago

He has done more for the unions than anyone could of dreamed.No longer are the American people asleep much to his well publicised credit.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I agree.

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[-] 3 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

Here are some of the highlights just so people know the company Walker keeps...

May 2010: Investigation of Southern Railroad Co. CEO William Gardner prooves he violated state elections law with excessive donations to Walker's gubernatorial campaign and by offering to reimburse employees who personally donated to the campaign. (Gardner later pled guilty to violating election law; his railroad company paid a $166,900 fine.)

January 5, 2012: In a bombshell announcement, investigators charged Walker appointees Tim Russell and Kevin Kavanaugh with embezzling $60,000 intended for a veterans support organization called Operation Freedom. The staffers used the money to pay for vacations to Hawaii and the Caribbean, wedding parties, and pro-Walker campaign websites.

January 26, 2012: Late last month, two more county staffers who worked for Walker were charged with operating a secret email network within Walker's office while he was Milwaukee County executive. The two employees, Darlene Wink and Deputy Chief of Staff Kelly Rindfleisch, allegedly used the secret network to coordinate political fundraising for Walker and 2010 lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis. Wink's attorney, Peter Wolff, says Wink plans to plead guilty to the two misdemeanors outlined in the DA's criminal complaint.

Stealing from war veterans to pay for Caribbean vacations and Walker's campaign. Is that where the good people of Wisconsin want their money going. Even if Walker's not involved it says something about the people who want him in office.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (20523) 2 years ago

This is very interesting. Thanks.

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[-] -3 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

I would like to see all unions gone and then Trumka can get a job as a greeter at Walmart

[-] 0 points by freehorseman (267) from Miles City, Mt 2 years ago

What will you do if he takes your scab job.

[-] -1 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

He would make a good greeter or cart fetcher

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (28242) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Fighting hard for the recall of Scott Walker and his cronies.

From People for the American Way.

Dear Dan,

This Friday, June 1, We Are Wisconsin and our alliance of organizations fighting hard for the recall of Scott Walker and his cronies are hosting an exciting, and hopefully massive, rally in Madison to gather the troops and get out the vote!

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, is bringing several exciting special musical guests for a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) kickoff concert and rally at Madison’s Labor Temple -- doors open at 5:30pm with the main acts going on at 6:45pm.

Here’s the rub: it’s not just a concert, it’s a gathering of the volunteers who are going to make the difference in this fight and get us past the finish line to victory. The rally is FREE to attend for anyone who shows up and signs up for a shift to help get out the vote between the event and Election Day on Tuesday, June 5.

So no matter where you live in or around Wisconsin, if you can make it to Madison on Friday night, we’d love to rock out with you, while we get each other fired up and ready to win this thing!

Even if you can’t make Friday’s event, we still need you to volunteer to make calls, knock on doors and do whatever else is needed to get out the vote and Recall the Right!

Please sign up for a volunteer shift (or more than one) with We Are Wisconsin here.

http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=HX3mevgn_wWHwCyKZBa1iQ

There should be GOTV opportunities in all corners of the state, convenient for out-of-state volunteers who are able to make a short trip over the border.

THE RALLY:

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Labor Temple of Madison 1602 South Park Street (map) http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=2BnYGwWo9Ecm6GSkdD9rag Madison, WI 53715 Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the great artists performing at the rally and to help promote the event, download the flyer here.

http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=8ihge2I0r9boFM-cs30-mw

I really hope to see you on Friday. Let’s Recall the Right and take back Wisconsin!

-- Scott Foval, Wisconsin Coordinator sfoval@pfaw.org

P.S. We also need help AT the event! We’ll need Volunteer Marshalls to help manage the physical space of the event and a small army of volunteers to sign up attendees for their GOTV shifts. If you can volunteer to show up by 4:30 on Friday and help out with the rally, please email erin@wearewisconsin.org or call 608-206-9460.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (28242) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

New Daily Kos/PPP poll shows Wisconsin gubernatorial recall picture unchanged

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/15/1091948/-New-Daily-Kos-PPP-poll-shows-Wisconsin-gubernatorial-recall-picture-nbsp-unchanged

Let us pray for Wisconsin.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (28242) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Daily Kos: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to break unions is 'divide and conquer'

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/11/1090726/-Wisconsin-Gov-Scott-Walker-tells-billionaire-donor-the-plan-is-divide-and-conquer

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (28242) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

OMG

Over the weekend, Republicans and right-wing activists rallied against the recall effort in Oshkosh, WI. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch was among the featured speakers.

Watch video from the event here.

http://site.pfaw.org/site/R?i=J6E8TdDSoeopFKPmktIeUg

Dear Dan,

Today is primary day to solidify the ballot for the June 5 recall elections in Wisconsin. As you may know, Governor Scott Walker is not the only Wisconsin official up for recall. Four Republican state senators and Walker’s lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, are also the subjects of recall elections. I’m writing today to tell you a little bit about Lt. Gov. Kleefisch and why it is absolutely critical that we send her packing.

Rebecca Kleefisch is a dyed-in-the-wool member of the radical Religious Right who has both social and economic positions that are even more to the extreme right than Scotts Walker’s. And it’s very possible that a series of upcoming events could make her Wisconsin’s next governor if we don’t recall her from office this June.

Since the recall process began, Rebecca Kleefisch has not been shy about bashing the middle-class Wisconsinites who have dared to stand up to her and Walker’s policies.

Discussing the issue of domestic partner benefits on a Religious Right radio show in 2010, Kleefisch said:

“This is a slippery slope in addition to that -- at what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous. Can we marry dogs?”

Kleefisch supported a Walker administration plan to cut 400,000 members of working families from Wisconsin’s BadgerCare health coverage. She talks about her experience as a cancer survivor, but fails to mention that her successful diagnosis and treatment were the benefits of her taxpayer funded healthcare as the wife of State Representative Joel Kleefisch. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch’s husband Joel is himself one of the most far-right members of Wisconsin’s legislature and has justified his opposition to women’s health policies by referring to fetuses as “women” and elevating the importance of unborn “women” over that of actual women.

The current race for WI lieutenant governor is particularly important. With all the attention on the recall elections in Wisconsin, something that often slips under the radar is that Walker is believed to be the subject of a corruption investigation which could very well lead to his indictment. If Walker survives his closely contested recall challenge, only to be forced out of office due to a criminal conviction not long after, the lieutenant governor will take his place.

kleefisch Radical Right-Wing Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

The polling suggests a VERY close race in the gubernatorial recall. Despite our best efforts, Walker could possibly survive. If he ends up getting replaced by the lieutenant governor, it would be a disaster if that person is Lt. Gov. Kleefisch.

In contrast, the Democrat challenging Kleefisch in the recall election for lieutenant governor is Mahlon Mitchell, the president of the firefighters’ union who has been a tremendous voice for the people against Walker’s anti-worker attacks. Mitchell emerged as a true champion against the radically right-wing policies of the Walker administration and Wisconsin’s Republican legislators during the first recall effort against six right-wing state senators last year, and the protests leading up to those recalls.

In all the recall races in Wisconsin, there is a clear choice between continuing on the path of a destructive far-right ideology and restoring sanity and fairness to governance. Nowhere is that choice clearer than in the race for lieutenant governor. We must defeat sitting Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Thank you again for standing with us in this incredibly important fight. What happens in Wisconsin on June 5 will have a major impact on November. Together, we can win this one.

Onward,

Randy Borntrager, Political Director

Sources:

<http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-10-29/news/27079622_1_gay-marriage-gop-candidate-domestic-partner-benefits>
<http://www.onewisconsinnow.org/press/one-wisconsin-now-statements-on-walker-kleefisch-attack-on-health-care-access.html>
<http://wcmcoop.com/members/kleefisch-on-the-women-who-are-aborted>
[+] -5 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Go Gov Walker, he is doing the right thing for America. Get rid of the stinking public unions

[-] 6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

How so? Please explain in detail. I would really like to hear exactly how Walker has been great for Wisconsin.

[+] -4 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Unions are somewhat good in the private sector but in the public sector they have gotten out of hand. Some of the unions now are bankrupting States, in which is not good.

[-] 5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

What do you mean they have gotten out of hand?

The pensions in Wisconsin were not paid by tax payers. The workers paid a portion out of their checks. At no point in time, were the citizens ripped off by the public sector. So, what else do you have?

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[-] 5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Let me make sure that I heard you correctly. Your argument is that you have allowed union busting to go on in the private sector and you have driven down the wages of private sector jobs. Therefore, if you can't have it then you want to make sure that no one else can have anything either.

They already do make contributions to their pension plan. That is a total spin. Freedom works is funded by the Koch brothers. :/

[+] -4 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

We the taxpayers are flipping the bill for the corrupt public unions

[-] 4 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

Tim Russell and Kevin Kavanaugh were Walker appointees. They stole money from veterans to pay for Caribbean and Hawaiin vacations. From veterans! How much more corrupt can you get than that?

[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

No, you are not. In fact, you are here defending the actions of the Koch brothers and the top percent. By defending the Koch Brothers and puppet Walker then you have shown that you are not serious about getting money out of politics.

So, why are you here?

You are paid to be here.

[-] -1 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Who pays for the city's workers, teachers salary??? Taxes do and who pays taxes??? we do

[-] 5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Newsflash: the teachers and city workers pay taxes. Union fees and pension comes out of their checks or did you some how misinterpret public servant? Did you want to decide where to shop or what car to purchase as well?

Why are you here?

[-] -3 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

sure they pay taxes but who pays them??? we do. And every time they pout and cry they want more money then, the union gets them more. Here is the factual truth about union teachers. A pupil attending a non-union school is smarter than a pupil attending a unionized school, why?? Because the union teachers are more lazy and they can get away with it because the corrupt unions will protect them

[-] 5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

You don't have any factual truth. In fact, your entire argument goes back to my original assessment. [-] 2 points by GirlFriday (3474) 56 minutes ago Let me make sure that I heard you correctly. Your argument is that you have allowed union busting to go on in the private sector and you have driven down the wages of private sector jobs. Therefore, if you can't have it then you want to make sure that no one else can have anything either. They already do make contributions to their pension plan. That is a total spin. Freedom works is funded by the Koch brothers. :/ ↥like ↧dislike reply edit delete permalink

[-] -3 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Why do you keep on bringing up the private sector?? The discussion is about the public sector

[-] 5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

[-] 1 points by onetime (-23) 6 minutes ago No one pays me to be here and I have had several ID's in the past. For some reason though I keep on getting shadow banned for telling the truth ↥like ↧dislike permalink


Well, we already knew that you had several IDs. That is a given.

Thrassy?

[+] -4 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Why cant you stick with the topic instead of trying to smear me?? is it because what I am saying is the truth???????

[-] 5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Why are you here? Who pays you to be here?

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[+] -5 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

No one pays me to be here and I have had several ID's in the past. For some reason though I keep on getting shadow banned for telling the truth

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

[-] 1 points by onetime (-23) 0 minutes ago Why cant you stick with the topic instead of trying to smear me?? is it because what I am saying is the truth??????? ↥like ↧dislike permalink


You failed to adequately address the issues. You just smear yourself. I don't have to do anything. Don't play victim.

[-] 2 points by freehorseman (267) from Miles City, Mt 2 years ago

Just a scab spin.Unions are good for all except for the SCAB mentality

[-] -1 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

unions today are useless and corrupt

[-] 2 points by freehorseman (267) from Miles City, Mt 2 years ago

Unions are the only thing that saves the people from the corrupt sharks of capitalism!

[-] -1 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Not true, unions what are left of them are bankrupting us

[-] 2 points by nobnot (529) from Kapaa, HI 2 years ago

No the bankers did that Mr.Scab.

[-] 5 points by freehorseman (267) from Miles City, Mt 2 years ago

Unions are here to stay.Scabs like you are a dime a dozen.The scum of the earth you are.The dogs of the one percent.Go to your masters table and beg for scraps.

[+] -7 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Unions make up less than 10% of the workforce, so how long to you think they will be around??? I worked in a union shop for fifteen years and I have only seen it benefit the lazy ass workers. The union was eating all the steak while we were just eating the scraps

[-] 4 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

And what about ripping off the veterans to pay for Caribbean vacations? Is that a good thing too?

[+] -4 points by onetime (-67) 2 years ago

Please stay on the subject and it pertains to corrupt unions

[-] 5 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

That you intend to fix by voting in a guy who appoints people who rip off veterans charities. Why don't I think that's going to work? And the topic is the post. If you want to start a topic about union corruption post one.

[-] 4 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

That would be in total ignorance of the corruption of those opposed to unions?

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (28242) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

From Democracy for America.

We're one week out from Election Day in Wisconsin. We're tied in the polls. We can win this thing -- but we can't do it without your help.

Join DFA Chair Jim Dean and We Are Wisconsin Executive Director Kristen Crowell for an Emergency Strategy Session this Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Eastern to learn how you can put us over the top.

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Right-wing Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Super PACs are outspending us on TV thanks to an unlimited supply of huge corporate contributions.

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Thank you for all that you do.

-Michael

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