If Gov. Scott Walker had any presidential hopes in 2016, I'd say this latest story ended those dreams. As you know, Gov. Walker, a conservative favorite has been at the heart of a scandal called the John Doe case. He obviously knew he was in deep doo-doo when he tried to settle the case, which immediately angered his supporters.
A legal civil war broke out Wednesday among targets of a John Doe probe, as a conservative group sought Wednesday to block prosecutors from having settlement talks with Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign.
Scott Walker is now implicated in an illegally coordinated fundraising effort or as prosecutors call it, a "criminal scheme."
Prosecutors allege that Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and '12, according to documents unsealed Thursday.
In the documents, prosecutors lay out what they call a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws by Walker, his campaign and two top deputies — R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl.
The governor and his close confidants helped raise money and control spending through 12 conservative groups during the recall elections, according to the prosecutors' filings.
The documents include an email in which Walker tells Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, that Johnson would lead the coordination campaign. Johnson is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall elections.
"Bottom-line: R.J. helps keep in place a team that is wildly successful in Wisconsin. We are running 9 recall elections and it will be like 9 congressional markets in every market in the state (and Twin Cities)," Walker wrote to Rove on May 4, 2011.
And I'm not surprised that Karl Rove was in the middle of another criminal scheme. That's his nature. I'm sure you know the parable about the Scorpion and the Frog.