Money in Walker’s campaign coffers can be used to fight John Doe investigation

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Something smells rotten in Wisconsin. Consider if you will that a politician in Wisconsin can raise unlimited funds while opponents ready his recall.

Then consider that any of those campaign funds can be transferred to defend the aforementioned crook against allegations of “a violation of either campaign finance laws or prohibited elections practices”.

Scott Walker has created a special legal fund to defend himself in the event that he is charged formally in the John Doe investigation.

I was upset with that “OPEN FOR BUSINESS” sign Walker put on the state. Little did I know we already had an “OPEN FOR CRIMINAL ELECTION ACTIVITY” sign on display.

From Sheboygan Press:
“Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday he has formed a legal fund to pay for expenses related to the ongoing John Doe investigation into his close associates and former aides, a move that raises questions about whether he is a target of the probe….”

“Wisconsin statutes forbid state government officials from seeking or obtaining contributions to a so-called defense fund to pay personal legal expenses, except for the transfer of campaign contributions to a defense fund for limited reasons allowed under the state’s campaign finance laws.

That exception is for government officials being investigated for or charged with a violation of either campaign finance laws or prohibited elections practices….”

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  3 comments for “Money in Walker’s campaign coffers can be used to fight John Doe investigation

  1. Chris
    March 13, 2012 at 12:17 am

    It’s bad enough that any campaign donations can be transferred to a legal defense fund (even with the consent of a donor), but according to this article the “unlimited” donations (i.e., above $10,000) are not eligible to be transferred to a legal defense fund for any reason: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/142346845.html

  2. Gareth
    March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    If he is charged with obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence or corrupt practices regarding Milwaukee County real estate deals will he have to hire a seperate team of attorneys to defend against those charges and pay them out of his own pocket. Anyone?

  3. sabu
    March 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Campaign contributions can’t be transferred to a legal defense fund without the consent of the original donor, though I’m sure there is no shortage of donors who would be more than happy to foot Scotty’s legal bills.

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