If you’re a politician, the last thing you want to hear is your name and the words “criminal scheme” in the same sentence. Well, welcome to Scott Walker’s world right now.
Just a little while ago, prosecutors who’ve been examining potential illegality during the Wisconsin governor’s 2012 recall fight unsealed documents they say show that he illegally plotted with outside conservative groups to fend off attacks on him. They accuse Walker of overseeing a, yes, sweeping “criminal scheme” that also included national Republican Svengali Karl Rove.
The documents seem to show e-mails from Walker — including one to Rove — that propose ways to coordinate fundraising activity across a wide swath of conservative groups that would bolster the coffers of Walker and those facing recall in 2011 and 2012. The plan, prosecutors say, would’ve basically circumvented Wisconsin’s campaign finance law.
The documents were released as part of a challenge to the ongoing investigation by the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth, which has been drawn into the probe and named as a potential player. The WCFG has filed a lawsuit to stop the investigation, claiming that the prosecutors involved are simply playing politics.