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After taking a two-week hiatus, I dove back into research this weekend and - once again, by chance - ran across an eye-catching procurement on July 30, 2012, by Governor Walker's office for legal services...from a law firm in Washington D.C. with some very high-level, politically-experienced lawyers.  

The law firm in question is Dow Lohnes, a firm which provides a range of legal services from aviation to tax law.  What I found most interesting - at least, in relation to what's currently happening in Wisconsin - are the services they categorize as "Government Relations & Legislation".  

These services include strategic planning, drafting legislation, preparing witness testimony, and "the identification, analysis, and early warning of Congressional and administrative actions affecting client interests, including the outlook for passage and impact of proposed legislation on a contemplated transaction."  Considering that this was just ahead of WI Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen petitioning the WI Supreme Court to bypass the lower courts and consider unblocking the voter ID law that has been blocked by two judges, I can't help but wonder if theses unspecified legal services procured by our governor fall under this category.  It makes sense that Walker and his buddies would seek out a powerful D.C. firm to help fight what is clearly a national effort to require photo ID's to vote (which really means, to suppress votes).  It is, at least, note-worthy.

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  •  I'm not sure I understand (1+ / 0-)
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    what you're getting at.  "Government Relations and Legislation" is DC-speak for lobbying.  I have no doubt that the Governor's administration has some very expensive and sophisticated lawyers working on the case you described, but I'm really not sure how that's related to the fact that Dow Lohnes provides lobbying services.  

    •  Lobbying services confirmed? (0+ / 0-)

      Do you know something that I don't?  (Do tell!)

      I don't know WHAT Dow Lohnes was hired to do for Walker (Wisconsin?) - I can only guess - but I didn't try to connect anything to lobbying.  In fact, that's not even close to what services I think Walker may have purchased.  Strategic planning makes far more sense to me - again, given this was just before Van Hollen asked the WI Supreme Court to unblock the voter ID law - but for all I know, it's about something completely unrelated.  

  •  Sure Walker needs lots of lawyers ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... and we do need more jobs in this economy, even if they are government funded to get things going.

    Well, I started reading this diary hoping that a certain "John Doe" might need very high-powered legal assistance at the D.C. level.

    But I'm sure you're right that the most important thing to Repubs now is to take away the right to vote from citizens who they suspect will vote against them.

    •  I figure, "John Doe" is off limits... (0+ / 0-)

      ...due to the fact that he can't use state money for his legal defense for that.  Unless he's done something as Governor, which I suppose is entirely possible.  I read somewhere that the investigation has moved to Madison (aka, The State).  

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