As first reported over at Badger Democracy (a fine blog, by the way) the ongoing Milwaukee County John Doe investigation into allegations of possible wrongdoing by many in the administration of then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker may be headed to Madison.
In an interview with WTDY’s Dylan Brogan this morning, “No Quarter” reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dan Bice reported hearing rumor (unconfirmed) that the John Doe Investigation is moving some of its focus to Madison – and state government.
The most obvious connection to Walker staffers in Milwaukee County and current Walker staff in Madison is obvious – the possibility that campaigning is being conducted on the taxpayer dime. Recent emails from high level Walker staff regarding the mining bill drafting process may confirm that this type of activity is occurring, and thus confirm Bice’s “unconfirmed rumors.”
An email from then – Walker Chief of Staff Keith Gilkes pgs 11-12 of the document) on January 30, 2011 from his Champion Group email to his new government email account references campaign fundraising to a lobbyist for Gogebic Taconite.
To date, the John Doe investigation has yielded two convictions, the first for illegal campaign contributions to Scott Walker (railroad executive William Gardner) and the second for illegal political work on the taxpayers’ dime (Darlene Wink), as well as serious felony charges against two members of Scott Walker’s inner circle during his time as County Executive (Tim Russell, Kelly Rindfleisch). Notably, thirteen people have also been given prosecutorial immunity as part of the John Doe investigation.
I’ve been hearing unconfirmed rumors (as have many others, I’m sure) of the possibility of an illegal computer network having been set up at the State Capitol, a network much like the network set up by Tim Russell in Walker’s County Executive office to avoid the scrutiny of our state’s open records laws. While the rumors are just that – rumors – I don’t think many would be surprised if they’re found to be true, because nothing would surprise me when it comes to Scott Walker.