A media report claims Governor Scott Walker played an active role in campaign fundraising for an outside group.
Leaked documents released by The Guardian US shed new light on the relationships between Walker and donors to the Wisconsin Club for Growth during the governor’s 2012 recall election. The documents were part of a John Doe probe which the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered halted last year.
“It appears that Governor Walker was involved, really from the beginning of his administration, in soliciting money from outside special interest groups,” said Jay Heck with Common Cause in Wisconsin.
Documents show Walker requested contributions from numerous wealthy donors – including current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The donations went to Wisconsin Club for Growth and not directly to Walker’s campaign. “That outside group later helped Governor Walker survive the recall election.”
“The United States Supreme Court is going to have to determine whether there was illegal activity by Governor Walker or the Walker campaign, in terms of coordination, and whether justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court should not have ruled on whether or not to dismiss this case,” Heck says.
“As widely reported two years ago, the prosecutor’s attorney stated that Governor Walker was not a target. Several courts shut down the baseless investigation on multiple occasions, and there is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing,” said Walker campaign spokesman Joe Fadness.