Gov. Scott Walker continued to brush back questions Wednesday about whether his campaign is the target of the secret John Doe investigation into possible campaign-finance law violations.

When asked whether the $86,000 his campaign, Friends of Scott Walker, spent on legal fees was related to the ongoing John Doe probe, Walker said, “I’m not getting into the details of it.”

He said the payments to the law firm of former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic are “not inconsistent” with previous payments for advice on “election law and other issues like that.”

Walker also was quizzed about whether his campaign had asked for the guidance released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Board about the legality of using campaign funds to defend against civil or criminal campaign violations. The opinion did not reveal the name of the requester, as required by state law.

“As I’ve said before, we’re not getting into details about this (John Doe) process until it’s completed,” the governor said.

Also Wednesday, two affidavits filed in the 4th District Court of Appeals shed a bit of new light on the investigation launched in August 2012. According to court records and media reports, the probe centers on possible illegal coordination between an unidentified political campaign and unnamed special interest groups involved in the 2011 and 2012 recall elections targeting Walker and several state legislators.

The affidavits filed by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and special prosecutor Francis Schmitz are part of an appeal brought by three unnamed defendants trying unsuccessfully to halt the five-county secret investigation.

The affidavit from Chisholm reveals that although he received information about potential violations of campaign finance law in 2012, “it was also clear that activity in question happened outside of Milwaukee County and involved the residents of four other counties ... Columbia, Dane, Dodge and Iowa counties.”

Schmitz has been criticized by the Wall Street Journal for conducting an investigation involving “kitchen-sink subpoenas and morning raids.” But the former federal prosecutor says in his affidavit that he has sought no subpoenas or search warrants to date.

He said those have been secured by investigators and in one case an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County. About 110 pages of Schmitz’s 148-page affidavit were redacted.

Contact Dee J. Hall at dhall@madison.com or 608-252-6132; contact Mary Spicuzza at mspicuzza@madison.com or 608-252-6122.

(29) comments

CVUSER50

If you have nothing to hide, then why hide?

Heavyweight275

Can you say Chris Cristie

Visitor33

Chris Christie

CVUSER50

You and BeenThere are becoming close buddies now, adding nothing to the story except attempted humor. I don't find this funny, but obviously you do. Shows your mentality.

Visitor33

I understand you don't find the humor, thats happens when you enter a battle of wits unarmed.

Thundercloud

Why can't Wisconsin have an honest governor?

BenThere

I give up. Why?

CVUSER50

What a genius reply, thanks for being an adult and adding thought to the article. We all appreciate your attempt at being Palin.

BenThere

Who invited USER to the party? Down here trolling for allies in your ongoing battle to right all wrongs perhaps? I suppose the sounds of crickets chirping does become monotonous.

Visitor33

User, that's a Super Genius reply. I like how you request us all to be adults and then add your childish insult.

youknowme
youknowme

Hahahahaha you guys crack me up. The whole process of this "secret investigation" prevents anyone from talking. Thanks again for your laughter...why is this a news story again?

CVUSER50

Prevents anyone from talking? What an excuse, one that I didn't expect to hear. It's a news story just like Fox's news stories, because they claim they haven't been answered. The more someone hushs a secret, the more interesting it becomes. I would think deep down inside of you that you want to know what this is all about. Trust me, if it comes out that there is nothing, you will be the first to throw the stone of I told you so's.

youknowme
youknowme

Yes, none of the "defendants" can speak about it let alone defend themselves. FOX news has nothing to do with this and it's incomparable. You sound like Obama now blaming all his problems on FOX news. We should be thanking FOX for their efforts on the news stories that othesr failed on. Even today more news is still coming out on the IRS and Benghazi scandals....even today. They wished they could hide from them or brush them under the rug, but the more information that comes out the worse it is for them. The thing is though he's not prevented from talking about it, they just plea the 5th and hope all is well.

CVUSER50

What you fail to comprehend is Walker is not a defendant, or so we're told. There is no reason he can't speak about it. Well, I bet he will closer to the election. Fox is the very reason things get blown out of proportion. Turn it on and I can guarantee within five minutes you will see the Eyes on Obamacare come up or the supposed Benghazi scandal as they like to call it. Fox is supposed to tell the news, not make it up. Whatever, the right will never admit all of Fox's lies, so it's doesn't matter.

Visitor33

What you fail to comprehend user, well, its a lot, but in this case, with your superior excellency you should realize that anyone being investigated for anything Isnt going to talk. I'm guessing you have represented yourself on chippewa.com as having an attorney background at some point so you should realize that it's not wise to comment on an ongoing investigation.

BenThere

Uh oh, visitor is getting awfully close to being called a hypocrite, or much worse, maybe even a Palin. But I "assume" they already know that. LOL.

USER -- Since you always want a story to remain relevant, do yourself a favor and look up what happened to Christopher Brekken from the Rice Lake Harley Davidson dealership during the last John Doe investigation. His story will give you a little background on what actually occurs during these witch hunts.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

BenThere, wow, there's a story with background that's worth a read. Great input to the discussion. Unfortunately the "I-think-for-myself" CVUSER50 won't bother to research it since his beloved biased local media has let it slip by essentially unreported. Why do you suppose that is USER?

SRLaBelle

I think a political upheaval works it's way through a system the same way that spring works it's way throw the snow and ice of winter.
At some point the change becomes obvious to nearly everyone and yet, here and there, hiding beneath some foliage, in some frozen stagnant recess of the past, there lies a sloppy partially frozen bit of yesterday's powerful elite.
Just enough to be fashioned into a "secret" investigation, a muddy snowball which must be gather and thrown quickly before it becomes fluid once again and rejoins the earth and river whence it came. Wisdem needs new leadership, more in tune with the people of Wisconsin, than it may rise again but for now it looks like a four year old which has thrown himself on the ground rather than heeding the school bell. A temper tantrum, a inconsolable whine, fists balled around muddy ice balls, who will convince this young bully to stop throwing mud, to rise up from the ground, to join the future.
Abrahamson, Tate, let my people go.

SRLaBelle

Here is a compendium of articles regarding this "secret" investigation.
http://watchdog.org/123377/john-doe-conservatives-wall-street-journal/
It looks like a political witch hunt to me. A wide ranging,multi-year, fishing expedition looking to dredge up something, anything to punish the uppity voters of the state who had the nerve to throw down the dem political machine.
It is the sort of thing which any tyrannical government does when it gets a whiff of democracy and feels a bit woozy, "investigate! don't stop until an opposition head is on a platter!".
When will these bureaucrats admit that the electorate has spoken and that their services are no longer required by the people of the state? We simply don't need a Stazi like investigation of each utterance, each keystroke, each dot and dash of every Republican.
I hope we don't fall for this theater, it would be a disaster for the state on so many different levels.
Those of you lusting for a show trial, what have you become?

CVUSER50

And you say you don't lean either way, what a joke. I use the word transparency quite a bit, but you now are the best use of the word. You put down people for wanting a dictator to be accountable for his possible illegal activities and they are shunned? I suppose it was alright to attempt to take down Obama and waste time on proving he was born here? Please, stop being so hypocritical and expect the same from both sides, don't choose just one. It may look like a political witch hunt to you, but you fail to see reason. How many of Walker's people were found guilty? How many were in his office? How many times does Walker have to get caught saying ridiculous things like having a bat with the Democrats name on it, and divide and conquer? I could go on, but you forgot that he started this battle, the left are just looking for accountability. Instead, people like yourself are alright with a dictatorship with no accountability but to the right and his donors. What about the rest?

SRLaBelle

Cvuser,
If the state looks hard enough at anybody they will find flaws to exploit.
The fly in the ointment of your reasoning on this matter is that, if the dems topple the republicans via their lingering hold on the court system, that will become the future modus operandi of Wisconsin politics.
Nixon stood aside for Kennedy, Gore bowed to Bush, at some point these electoral disputes have to be set aside so the state can be governed.
I think that the Dem establishment has done everything in it's dwindling power to render this state ungovernable. They don't seem to care about the good of the people of the state as a whole. They serve only themselves and their clients.
I voted twice for Obama, my votes fall all over the political map, this lingering rotting bit of Wisdem needs to be plowed under so something new can spring forth, a democratic party for the people rather than these self-serving bureaucratic carpetbaggers.
It's time to pass the torch rather than burn down the Capitol.

CVUSER50

The state voted for Obama which tells me that they are not as Tea Partiesh as some may think. You say the left are dwindling in power, that's been the case since Walker was elected, and it's not by choice. The left have no power, Walker won't let them. When he was elected, this became a red state, period. Walker doesn't care that the majority voted for a left President, in fact by the way he passes bills, it shows he is retaliating. He lets the left have absolutely no word in anything. That is about as close to the definition to a dictator as you can get. We don't need a complete overhaul. We need someone who will work both sides of the aisle as promised. Well another broken promise we see.

SRLaBelle

Cvuser,
You talk about "working both sides of the aisle" but the dems haven't tried to work with Walker, they have systematically tried to make the state ungovernable.
The dem legislators and the dem appointments to the State Supreme Court have tried every trick, from leaving the state, to issuing bogus rulings, to dragging their feet on judicial opinions, to authorizing prosecutorial witch hunts... In short, anything to serve their masters, the union Boss Tweeds.
The fact that Obama won the state is just another indicator of how unpopular the Wisconsin democratic elite is with the citizens of the state.
The dramatic drop in union dues shows that the folks the union bosses claim to be "representing" don't want to pay in, they need to be legally forced to pay because they don't support the union bosses.
It is time to plow Wisdem under and plant something new.
The problem isn't the Koch bros, it is the utterly failed leadership of Wisdem and the senators who hide in Illinois.

SRLaBelle

At some point you have to admit that the problem isn't Walker, or the Koch bros, or redistricting, or any sort of republican electioneering gaffs... The real problem is that a little knot of arrogant elitist union bosses saw their gravy train coming to an end so they decided to use the teacup of power, with which they have been entrusted, to drive the state over a cliff.
They hit the people of the state with a price tag, they made us pay for setting them aside.
They shut down the schools, they shut down the capital, they told their creatures in the legislature to flee the state, they were actually foolish enough, arrogant enough, to think that they could force us to accept them as our masters.
Now, they're like dangerous animals, hiding, yet ready to spring as their tools in the judicial system seek to flush out any happy go lucky Republicans who have neglected to dot an i or cross a t.
It is time to put these boss tweeds out of their misery, just ignore them and they will go away

CVUSER50

First, unions account for one tenth of the workers in Wisconsin. You are giving way too much credit to them for being able to foil the entire state. One tenth, that's it. Second, you put down the left for doing things that you claim aren't working both sides of the aisle. What do you expect? Walker will not listen to one thing they have to say. They are being paid to sit and do nothing because they are not allowed to do anything. How can you give Walker a chance when he won't listen? How can you when he won't meet with anyone from the left? How many times has he had an open to the public listening session since he has been elected? Respect is earned and when he talks of diving and conquering and having he Dems name on his Louisville Slugger, I don't call that giving respect. If you don't know why they left the state, then you don't have a right commenting on it. They left to protest, they just wanted to be heard. Walker then said he'll listen, but lied.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

Pardon my interruption Mr. LaBelle...

I am curious CVUSER50, since you are presenting the numbers, what was the percentage of WI public union employee enrollment against all public employees prior to Act 10. I'm not sure what bearing that has on anything but I am trying to stay relevant to the conversation so I can put a fantasy of yours to rest.

"having the Dems name on his Louisville Slugger"

"I've got a (Louisville) Slugger with my name on it," he said. - (http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/116737394.html) THAT is the exact quote from Walker during his fraudulent telephone conversation with Ian Murphy. If you're going to ride a horse until you feel it's final heartbeat, at least get your facts straight. Your nose is far too long Pinocchio.

CVUSER50

You're right, he said he has a bat with his name on it. I misquoted. But let's go a bit further, the part you left out. The caller said bring a baseball bat for his meeting with the Senate, with the Dems. He said he has a bat with his name on it. So for you to ignore what the meaning is, that's your ignorance. Here's the point, he was saying he has a bat ready for the Dems. Now obviously he didn't actually mean he would hit one with it, but it's an offensive comment to make. And it doesn't matter what the numbers were before ACT 10. I don't know and I don't care, I care about now. Ten years ago is irrelevant. Doyle was a joke. The point is that you and the right whine about unions now when they only make up a tenth of the workforce. Try something new, the old saying that unions run this state are old. But keep your fantasies going, I love a good laugh.

CVCitizen
CVCitizen

"If you make up a lie, I will call that out." - CVUSER50, Feb 10

"...your attempt at being Palin." - CVUSER50, Feb 07

"What's even more disturbing is that she claims to be a Biology teacher and knows nothing about Biology." - CVUSER50, Feb 10

"...instead of assuming and making an a** of yourself, just ask." - CVUSER50, Feb 07

Everything quoted in this post comes up in your rebuttal below, but yet you say I am the one with a low maturity level. Speaking for myself, this double standard you parade around is what I find the most bothersome. For everything you said below you are just as guilty, but either you don't understand it or just simply fail to acknowledge it. That's my problem with you, others may have a different take. You and I have had meaningful discourse in the past and I look forward to it again. Correcting a fact is not putting anyone down, I would hope to be corrected myself when I'm wrong. You're right, different ideas are great. But double standards are not

Visitor33

Cvuser- the reason no one should believe what you say is this. You quote something, we fact check it and its false. Then all of a sudden it's your "opinion."
You say leave the name calling to the fifth grade, yet you have always been the first to throw stones.
I can respect a difference in opinions. It's your "misquotes" inaccurate "facts" that are the issue.
Cvcitizen posted some quotes of yours showing you doing the name calling, yet have the ignorance to say someone lacks maturity for name calling.
A liar that believes their own lies.

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