Prosecutors: Gov. Scott Walker Behind ‘Criminal’ Fundraising Scheme

Documents unsealed by a federal judge Thursday revealed prosecutors’ allegations against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R), whom they called the center of a “criminal scheme” to coordinate funds during the 2011-12 recall elections.

Prosecutors accuse Walker and two deputies, R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl, of circumventing election law by machinating fundraising efforts among various GOP candidates and conservative groups. The apparent smoking gun is an email from Walker to Republican strategist Karl Rove outlining the coordination and naming Johnson, also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, as the conductor.

The documents were unsealed due to a lawsuit by the Club for Growth, which has temporarily halted the investigation.

Walker, who survived a recall election two years ago after a protracted dispute over collective bargaining rights for state employees, has been bandied about as possible 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

[h/t Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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