Cindy Archer’s claims of prosecutor abuse during John Doe search of her residence wildly exaggerated

In June, Cindy Archer, a member of Gov. Scott Walker’s inner circle during Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive, filed a lawsuit against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm alleging prosecutorial abuses during a search of Archer’s residence in 2011 in connection with the John Doe investigation in Walker and many of his closest advisors. Archer’s suit alleged officers threw a search warrant at her without letting her read it, screamed at her, ransacked her house, blocked her from going outside to smoke, and didn’t inform her of her constitutional rights or tell her she could speak with a lawyer.

However, as a new report by Brendan Fischer of PR Watch notes, Archer’s claims aren’t supported by a recently released audio recording of the search of Archer’s residence.

In April, Archer was the star of a National Review article called “Wisconsin’s Shame” that spoke of “armed pre-dawn raids” and screaming police with battering rams ransacking her home. The article sparked a firestorm across right-wing media (including Fox News) and was even cited by the Wisconsin Supreme Court as “proof” that prosecutors used “paramilitary style raids” in conducting their investigations of Walker, even though the searches were not being challenged and hadn’t been addressed before the court.

In June, Archer announced in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that she was filing a civil rights lawsuit against state prosecutors. She alleged prosecutors had a “personal vendetta” against her for helping to craft Walker’s 2011 anti-union Act 10 legislation. Her lawsuit describes a September 2011 search of her home where she claims officers threw a search warrant at her without letting her read it, screamed at her, ransacked her house, blocked her from going outside to smoke, and didn’t inform her of her constitutional rights or tell her she could speak with a lawyer.

Yet Archer’s allegations about overzealous prosecutorial tactics fall apart in a recording of the 2011 search, filed by prosecutors in response to her lawsuit and made public yesterday.

The search, which was led by experienced FBI agents, was taped by Aaron Weiss, an investigator with the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office. Although the first few minutes of the tape are muffled, the three-hour long recording shows that the interaction between Archer and the agents was quiet and cordial. The tapes reveal Archer, her partner, and the agents joking, chatting about dogs and aquariums, and discussing home repairs and coffee-making techniques.

I’d encourage you all to go read the PR Watch report and then listen to the attached audio clips of the search of Cindy Archer’s residence.

Longtime Scott Walker aide Cindy Archer to sue John Chisholm

According to this op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal’s online edition Cindy Archer, a longtime close aide to Scott Walker, is planning on suing Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm for allegedly violating her civil rights.

The governor’s reforms, commonly referred to as Act 10, prompted angry union protests. The reforms also enraged many politicians, including, as I would later find out, Mr. Chisholm and members of his staff. My ties to Gov. Walker and Act 10 made me a prime target for Mr. Chisholm’s campaign to intimidate anyone close to the governor.

In other words, I was targeted because of my politics—in plain violation of the First Amendment and federal civil-rights statutes.

While Cindy Archer wants to play the victim and blame the search of her residence on some politically-motivated witch hunt, I’m more inclined to believe the warrant to search her residence was granted based on evidence (as warrants typically aren’t issue absent evidence of criminal behavior) and likely due to Archer’s longtime connection to Scott Walker. After all, Archer was a key member of Walker’s leadership team during his time as Milwaukee County Executive, serving as his Director of Administrative Services.

Emails show Walker campaign treasurer John Hiller got inside information on real-estate deal

C’mon conservatives….defend this.

The campaign treasurer for Gov. Scott Walker got detailed financial information from a top Walker aide about a real-estate deal he was bidding on, according to correspondence included in thousands of emails released Tuesday related to the closed John Doe investigation.

The probe, which began when Walker was serving as the Milwaukee County executive, showed real-estate broker John Hiller lobbied for the county to sell its City Campus building then got detailed information from a top Walker aide around the time bids were being evaluated to provide office space for workers to be displaced by the sale.

The emails show that Walker personally helped orchestrate the deal to benefit Hiller, who was representing a real-estate trust that owns the Reuss Federal Building in Milwaukee. That company sought to increase the amount of space rented in the building by Milwaukee County.

The emails show that Hiller, Walker’s campaign treasurer, was given information by Cindy Archer, director of the Department of Administration and that Hiller repeatedly lobbied Walker to adopt his offer.

“Sorry to be a pain on this one,” Hiller wrote to Walker in an Aug. 18, 2010, email. “I really think that our proposal saves the county about $3 million over 5 years. If I didn’t think it wasn’t good for the county, I would (sic) push it.”

Hiller told Walker he had talked to Archer and “she was getting some info for me and she and I may meet.”

As if the multiple criminal convictions of close Walker aides wasn’t proof enough, this latest revelation shows just how corrupt Scott Walker is.

While many believe government is supposed to serve the people, Scott Walker apparently believes government is supposed to serve as a piggy bank to his friends and supporters.

Report: Cindy Archer making more in six-figure state job than max salary for position

By now you’ve probably read or heard about Cindy Archer, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who was recently hired for a six-figure state job without actually applying for the job. After being hired, it was revealed Archer was actually making $27,000 per year more than her predecessor in the position, and now Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Archer actually makes $3,400 a year more than the top pay listed when the position she was hired for was publicized.

Cindy Archer — who served in top posts for Walker while he was governor and earlier when he was Milwaukee County executive — for the past year served as administrative services director in the state public defender’s office. In that role, she was involved in trying to recruit someone to serve as the agency’s chief information officer, state records show, but Archer ended up taking the job herself, even though at least one candidate had more technical experience.

Archer for years has carried out important duties for Walker, but mostly in the background. She drew broader notice in 2011 after her home was raided by law enforcement as part of an investigation into Walker aides. She was never charged with a crime.

Archer started the job last week, making $113,025 a year, or 31% more than the $86,278 earned by the woman who had held the job for more than a decade.

Archer’s salary is 12% above the $101,121 she made as administrative services director and 3% above the $109,620 listed as the top pay for the information technology job in the recruiting notice sent out for the position last spring.

And keep in mind that Archer’s hiring, which absolutely did not follow existing civil service rules, comes as Walker administration officials are secretly meeting and discussing possible changes to Wisconsin’s civil service rules.

Because after all, the current rules make it just too darn hard to hire unqualified, ethically questionable Walker lackeys for high-paying state jobs.

Walker insider Cindy Archer gets hired for cushy state job without applying

Earlier this week Ed wrote about the new state job Cindy Archer, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker, was just hired for, but while Ed noted the 31% pay increase Archer received over her predecessor, what wasn’t known at the time is that Archer was hired for her new position in Gov. Walker’s administration without actually applying for the job.

Cindy Archer, the longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker who landed a new state job and a hefty raise, wasn’t a finalist for the job. In fact, she never even applied.

Even so, Archer was named the State Public Defender Board’s new chief information officer in September. She makes $113,459 per year, 31 percent more than her predecessor.

Board officials defended the hiring Thursday, telling the Wisconsin State Journal she was uniquely qualified for the position and was being compensated fairly.

THIS is what we’ve gotten under Scott Walker – rank and blatant political patronage.