Walker’s top political adviser, R. J.
Finds prosecutors raided conservatives’ homes to investigate constitutionally protected free speech.
“In case you hadn’t heard, I’m Scott Walker, I’m running for president, and I’m asking for your vote”, he said to roars at the trio of stops, starting early that morning at 8 a.m.in North Charleston at a Harley Davidson store. “I think in certain parts of the state he’s got the potential to do pretty well, but he’s got to prove he’s ready for prime time”.
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She says it’s time to move past what she called an unwarranted investigation that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Walker rose to national prominence by defeating the recall election that grew from his challenge to the collective bargaining process for most public employee unions in Wisconsin. Walker’s recall election, along with those faced by other prominent Republicans, attracted the attention of wealthy Republicans nationwide.
The Koch brothers and their front groups, particularly the Wisconsin Club for Growth, along with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group (WMC) have been setting up this ruling for nearly a decade. Lawyers for those involved have argued that their clients did nothing illegal.
The politically motivated search that lasted over three years, was ruled Thursday to be an overreach of Milwaukee County District Attorney, John Chisholm’s office. All five counties were assigned the same special prosecutor, Francis Schmitz. During the recall election, secret investigations into conservative organizations happened simultaneously, striking fear into his supporters. Historically, Von Hagel said, successful presidential candidates have appealed to the left or right during primaries and then transition to a more moderate platform during the general election. In Thursday’s ruling, the state Supreme Court sided with that argument.
There are worse things than campaign finance violations. It is utterly clear that the special prosecutor has employed theories of law that do not exist in order to investigate citizens who were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing.
The context for these events is a broad-based attack against the heart of the First Amendment – its guarantee of political free speech – unlike anything seen in this country since perhaps the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798.
The sandbags were piled high and deep around Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. “We’re pleased that the court agrees with the position we’ve maintained from the time our clients first learned of this improper political investigation”.
Also on Wednesday, Walker discussed an ad he ran during his 2014 re-election campaign that described the decision to end a pregnancy as “an agonizing one”.
Justice Shirley Abrahamson, one of two liberals who dissented, accused the majority of a faulty interpretation of state law. “In doing so, the majority opinion delivers a significant blow to Wisconsin’s campaign finance law and to its paramount objectives of “stimulating vigorous campaigns on a fair and equal basis” and providing for ‘a better informed electorate, ‘” she wrote in her opinion.
The decision marks the end of an investigation whose fate remained uncertain after a lower court also ruled that the presidential hopeful’s campaign hadn’t violated any laws.
“In a sense, indirectly, what the state Supreme Court said (Thursday) was yes coordination can occur”.
Advocacy groups that favor strict campaign finance limits said the kind of coordination that now is allowed in Wisconsin effectively kills contribution limits. Unlimited money, much or most of it secret and from outside of Wisconsin, could now flow into Wisconsin and be coordinated by candidates with outside groups to influence the outcome of our elections.
DelReal reported from Amherst, N.H.