John Doe prosecutors sought a judge's approval to issue subpoenas and continue their investigation after concluding Gov. Scott Walker personally headed up an illegal scheme to bypass Wisconsin election laws, according to documents unsealed today. Those election laws bar campaign and fundraising coordination between candidates for public office and third-party, not-for-profit, supposedly apolitical groups.
The unsealed documents include a May 2011 email sent in the 2011-'12 recall campaign period in which Gov. Scott Walker writes to national GOP strategist Karl Rove saying that R.L. Johnson, a top consultant to Walker's campaign also involved with the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth, would lead the coordinated campaign. Johnson is also chief adviser to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative group active in the recall elections. Both Johnson and the club previously were identified as among targets of the Doe probe.
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Besides the email to Rove, according to prosecutors, Walker and others associated with his campaign discussed illegal fundraising and campaign coordination with a number of national special-interest groups, according to the unsealed documents.