State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos wants to know how much Milwaukee prosecutors have spent on a pair of John Doe investigations that have targeted Republican politicians and conservative groups.
The Racine County Republican wrote a terse letter Friday to Democratic D.A. John Chisholm. Vos said the public has the right to know the numbers of attorneys and employees used in what he called a “political witch hunt.”
Chisholm’s office spearheaded a probe that netted six convictions in 2012 for embezzlement and illegal campaigning by employees of Scott Walker’s former Milwaukee County Executive office. Now, he is leading a two-year-old probe into alleged illegal campaign coordination between outside groups, Governor Walker’s campaign, and other Republican camps in the 2011 and 2012 recall elections.
Vos has contended that Milwaukee prosecutors have bargained down serious criminal charges, while spending their time on the John Doe probes. Chisholm has called that claim “propaganda and nonsense.”