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2010-2013 "John Doe" Criminal Investigation of Scott Walker's Former Staff and Associates


  * Timothy Russell (former top aide, holding over eight positions including deputy chief of staff, to then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker): charged with 2 felonies, and one misdemeanor related to embezzlement of veterans funds.

  * Kevin Kavanaugh (appointed by Walker as county veterans official): charged with 5 felonies related to embezzlement of veterans funds.

  * Kelly Rindfleisch (former top aide to then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker): charged with 4 felonies relating to political fundraising while on the county payroll.

  * William Gardner (President and CEO of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad): pleaded guilty to 2 felony charges relating to campaign finance violations.


 * Russell was sentenced to "two years in prison and five years on probation for stealing more than $21,000 from a veterans organization Walker named him to lead."[30]

  * Kavanaugh was convicted by jury and was sentenced on December 7th, 2012 to two years in prison and two years of extended supervision.[32][33]

  * She [Rindfleisch] entered the guilty plea and was convicted of one of the felony counts. On November 19, 2012 she was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation on a single felony count of misconduct in office.[35][36]

  * Gardner pleaded guilty to felony violations of Wisconsin campaign law in April of 2011. Gardner tried to convince prosecutors that his $60,000 in illegal contributions, which he funneled through staff and girlfriends, was an innocent mistake, except he had done the same thing the previous year.[39] Gardner was sentenced to 2 years probation and 50 hours of community service.[40]

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Other things, like possible violations of Campaign Finance laws ...

Second John Doe Investigation, February 2012-Present

On October 21, 2013, Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported another John Doe is under way, with prosecutors investigating possible campaign finance violations and other state issues in five counties, based on a number of leads turned up by the earlier John Doe probe.[3]

On February 4, 2014, Bice reported for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the campaign most likely under investigation is Scott Walker's recall campaign. Unsealed documents indicated that the probe focused on possible "illegal campaign coordination between (name redacted), a campaign committee, and certain special interest groups," according to a filing signed by the five district attorneys in the case."[4]


Appeals Court Declines to Stop John Doe II

Three unnamed petitioners asked the Wisconsin Court of Appeals to stop the John Doe investigation, but in late January 2014, the Court refused to do so. However, the Court unsealed documents in the case, providing new insight into the investigation.[15] [16]

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the documents show: "the investigation began in the fall of 2012; arose at least in part out of an earlier secret investigation in Milwaukee County; includes five targets; centers on campaign finance laws; and has proceeded with the help of prosecutors from both political parties."[15]

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What goes around, comes around ...  

Thanks for keeping track of this anything-goes, Rightwing merry-go-round.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:58 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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