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Gov. Scott Walker Creates Legal Defense Fund

Gov. Scott Walker Creates Legal Defense Fund

On Friday Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced the formation of a legal defense fund as a result of a John Doe criminal investigation of activities that took place during his time as county executive.

Wisconsin law only permits the formation of a legal defense fund when an official “is being investigated for or charged with a violation of campaign finance laws or prohibited election practices.” The creation of the fund is an admission, even passively, that the Walker administration just acknowledged its under investigation.

Walker’s campaign released the following statement:

“For nearly two years, Milwaukee County officials have been examining issues related to former employees of the County. I have repeatedly pledged my cooperation with that inquiry. I also made it clear that no public money has been used, or will be used, to pay for the attorneys needed to review documents and assist me in cooperating.

“To fulfill my commitment, I have today formed a legal fund to pay for the expenses incurred in cooperating with the inquiry. The fund will operate in accordance with the Wisconsin law authorizing these accounts, which was passed almost thirty years ago.”

Last month Walker announced that he had hired two criminal defense attorneys to represent him in the investigation. So far, four former Walker courthouse aides and appointees have been charged through the 22 month investigation.

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6:36PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Noted.

6:34PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Noted.

9:11PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

When I first heard this I thought it was a joke. Kinda like "Beam me up Scotty "as Newt would say.

8:29PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Vir E. Good post. With all their talk of jobs, jobs, jobs, it's been all about sex, sex, sex, women, women, women, contraception, contraception, contraception. Oh yeah, and union busting, and tax breaks for the rich.

With a tea party loony like Scott Walker we can pick up another Dem win.

9:50AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Actually, I'm sorry he's gone because I might have wanted to see what all the hub-bub was about. That's why, unless someone is just ranting carelessly about subjects not being discussed (and sometimes even then), I've decided not to flag anyone.

BTW, if I could give Keevin a zillions stars, I would. Loved the essays; keep 'em coming.
That was classic!

10:21PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

When is the recall??

11:32AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

How come this anti-American freedom creep wasn't impeached?

11:22AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

I have a wheelbarrow full of bodily waste to donate to the Walker Legal Defense Fund. What's the address?

10:49AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

I thought he couldn't do this unless he was charged with something.
Did I miss something here? Is this legal?

9:34AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

The legal defense fund is comprised of non tax-exempt donations; not tax dollars.

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