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  •  Oh wait... the timeframe might be a problem (2+ / 0-)
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    for Priebus if he actually was performing the duties as WI Party Chair. This is questionable because he was also retained as chief counsel for the RNC. He is likely to claim that he was representing the RNC rather than Wisconsin at the time. At least he can introduce some uncertainty to the court.

    Since Wink wasn't charged and is cooperating, the odds that Priebus would be charged is near zero.

    A pattern of activity with Reinhold would be a dream come true. More evidence, please? Pretty please with cheddar on top?

    He's a weasel. This is what they do.

    "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:45:31 PM PST

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    •  Ding ding ding ding (1+ / 0-)
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      Precisely.  He WAS the head of the Wisconsin GOP at the time and definitely involved in the Walker campaign.

      However, Wink HAS been charged and will be pleading guilty next week, I believe.  Her charges, however, have been reduced to misdemeanors rather than felonies (which the other Walker aide was charged with) only because she promised coorpertion with the John Doe.

      I would love a twofer with Walker and Priebus both caught in the net!

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 09:26:00 PM PST

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      •  The loophole IS being the WI GOP Chairman (1+ / 0-)
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        Reading the WI statutes is a sadistic activity, btw.

        I suffer through this because I want to be able to figure out what is and what isn't a violation of the statutes. The more I read, the more loopholes I find.

        We agree that Wink violated the law. There's no doubt. Plea deal or not.

        We agree that Priebus was involved in the Walker campaign, too. This smells bad, but it turns out that this is his job. The state party organizations are permitted to coordinate activities and dole out the bribes campaign contributions with almost no restrictions. The state legislatures grant this authority to a half-dozen political organizations in each state.

        Legal bribery and extortion, imo.

        "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 06:05:29 PM PST

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        •  Let me nit pick this one (1+ / 0-)
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          Clearly Priebus knew these people were Walker aides (and, therefore, receiving taxpayer provided paychecks) and were communicating with him during official office hours.  

          He knew this was illegal because this was exactly the kind of behavior that led to the Caucus Scandal in our legislature in the 1990s.  And, we insiders know that Kelly Reindfleisch (yes, the same one that was Walkers second in command and just got charged with 4 felonies) was given immunity in exchange for testimony on the Caucus Scandal where she was doing exactly the same thing while working as a legislative aide for the state (on the taxpayer dime).

          Priebus is a lawyer.  In fact, he has an interst in the law firm that Walker once used (the one he got rid of because of their stinky free representation of RW Wisconsin State Supreme Court Justice Gablemann on his electoral ethics violation and who have gotten his favorable vote on every case they've presented to the State Supreme Court since then) and the State Legislature Republicans still use (Friedman and Best) which is up to their eyeballs in the Redistricting Scandal.

          It's a tangled web that is being untangled and exposed.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 10:09:13 PM PST

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          •  I agree - Priebus knew exactly what this was about (1+ / 0-)
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            He probably knew all about the secret email system, who set it up, why it existed, and who was using it. He knew that Wink was on the clock. He knows full well that a lawyer is obligated to report violations of the law. Yet he didn't report this violation, perhaps believing that the secret email system wouldn't trace back to him.

            But we know that Priebus knows about most or all of this illegal scheme. He HAS to be be sweating bullets.

            Based on the one single email exchange that was revealed to Priebus, his claim was that he wasn't worried. Not about that little thing.

            Your comments about the Caucus Scandal, the law firms, and ethics charges brought a smile to my face. Moments ago, I discovered yet another piece of the puzzle. Nothing pointing to Walker or Priebus, unfortunately, but there is definitely more dirt beneath the legal advisors to be excavated. I'm not 100% certain yet, so I'll have to defer for now. I can say that there's money to be followed that doesn't look right to me.

            To be continued in newer diaries....

            "All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats" - Groucho Marx

            by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 02:16:38 AM PST

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