What if Scott Walker Wins At The Polls And Loses The Criminal Case?
Don't get nervous about how nerdy this Rachel Maddow clip begins-- you know her; it gets much less nerdy really fast... when she starts talking about how the recall against Wisconsin neo-fascist leader, Scott Walker, is going. Short version-- pretty well. The Koch brothers and other dangerous far right elements fighting to end democracy in America once and for all, have pumped millions of dollars into the Walker campaign. And the results... hillarious. Watch Rachel above.
Few people who aren't paying very close attention are aware that Walker's bid to stave off his recall defeat could rest with a criminal case he's involved with. How do we know he's involved since it's all hush-hush? He's the first governor in the history of Wisconsin to have his very own criminal defense fund. Walker has dipped into the $13 million he's collected from fascists-- both big and small-- around America and he's transferred at least $60,000 to the criminal defense fund-- on top of the nearly quarter million dollars he's already spent in the criminal cases pending against him.
Gov. Scott Walker’s assertion that he is not the target of an ongoing John Doe investigation in Milwaukee County means that his criminal defense fund is illegal, the Wisconsin Democratic Party says.
Walker announced the formation of the fund in March, a move provided for under Wisconsin statute only in the event that a state government official or their agent is being investigated for or charged with a violation of campaign finance laws or prohibited election practices.
Walker has told the press repeatedly, however, that while he hasn't been "told directly" that he is not a target in the John Doe probe, "others" have told attorneys who work for his campaign that he is not a target.
When asked who the "others" were Walker said he hadn't been told and hadn't asked.
Walker’s statements and the existence of the criminal defense fund appear to contradict one another, which is why the Democrats have now filed a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Board asking that they “address and adjudicate” the question at their next meeting May 15.
“If Walker is not the target of the investigation then the fund is illegal,” said Democratic Party spokesperson Mike Tate in a call with reporters Tuesday.
The G.A.B. was apparently consulted by the Walker camp about the initial creation of the fund and recommended it as a course of action to deal with legal fees incurred from the ongoing investigation.