- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014
Walker opponent stays away from investigation news

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - After news broke that prosecutors saw Gov. Scott Walker as a key part of a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups, his Democratic opponent said nothing.

Instead, Mary Burke limited her public comments Thursday to another piece of bad news for Wisconsin’s Republican governor: the latest employment numbers that showed the state ranked 37th in job growth nationwide last year.

Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive, is running her first statewide campaign in an effort to take out Walker, who has refused to commit to serving a full second term if re-elected this November as he considers a run for president in 2016. A Marquette University Law School poll released last month showed the race to be tied among registered voters.

Burke’s campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki didn’t address the latest investigation news directly, saying only that “Wisconsinites deserve a governor they can trust.”

Meanwhile, Walker and his backers were in damage control.

Documents unsealed Thursday show that prosecutors believe Walker and his top advisers played a central role in an illegal campaign coordination and fundraising scheme. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. Also, Wisconsin Club for Growth and state prosecutors are arguing in court over whether the activities are covered by election laws.

The investigation began in 2012 as Walker was facing a recall election. But the probe has been on hold since May, when a federal judge ruled it was a breach of Wisconsin Club for Growth’s free-speech rights.

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What’s the latest in investigation of Gov. Walker?

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Court documents released publicly for the first time Thursday offer new insight into prosecutors’ secret investigation of potential illegal campaign fundraising activities by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign.

In the documents, state prosecutors say Walker’s campaign in 2011 and 2012 broke election laws by coordinating with conservative groups, including the Wisconsin Club for Growth. The 266 pages of unsealed documents show investigators viewed Walker as having a central role in the alleged scheme.

No charges have been filed against Walker, who is viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The investigation, known as a John Doe, has been on hold since May, when a federal judge temporarily halted it.

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WHAT IS A JOHN DOE INVESTIGATION ANYWAY?

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