Daniel Bice, a reporter for the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, stated on WTDY radio this morning that there are unconfirmed rumors that the John Doe investigation is moving some of its focus to the Wisconsin state government.
The most obvious connection to Walker staffers in Milwaukee County and current Walker staff in Madison is obvious – the possibility that campaigning is being conducted on the taxpayer dime. Recent emails from high level Walker staff regarding the mining bill drafting process may confirm that this type of activity is occurring, and thus confirm Bice’s “unconfirmed rumors.”I saw a link to the Badger Democracy report on Lisa Mux's Twitter feed, and I'd figure I'd share this latest development in the ongoing John Doe investigation in Wisconsin.
An email from then – Walker Chief of Staff Keith Gilkes pgs 11-12 of the document) on January 30, 2011 from his Champion Group email to his new government email account references campaign fundraising to a lobbyist for Gogebic Taconite.
The email is follow-up on contact information for Marc Holtzman, a well-known GOP and conservative supporter and politician from Colorado, as well as Larry Wolk. Wolk is head of “Correctional Healthcare Companies,” heavily involved in nationwide privatization of state correctional facilities’ healthcare systems.
The email from Wolk to lobbyist Rogowski, then forwarded to Gilkes, refers to “Scott and Keith” (Walker and Gilkes, respectively), and states:
“Hopefully he will be interested in helping and/or contributing to Scott’s campaign…let me know if you hear anything more from Milwaukee County and anything else we can do to help.”
On September 30, 2011 Gilkes resigned as Walker Chief of Staff and took a “lead job” with Friends of Scott Walker.
It looks like the John Doe investigation is heating up, to say the least. Comments are welcome, as always.
UPDATE #1: Wisconsin Kossack Puddytat has posted a diary about the latest developments regarding the Kelly Rindfleisch, and here's the link to it.