The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is filing a lawsuit alleging that Alberta Darling has colluded illegally with right-wing groups during the campaign and before, and has been involved in a coverup.
The party alleges that Darling has committed multiple felonies, and also includes her campaign, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life, Americans for Prosperity, and other groups.
The allegation is that an election bribery scheme including these groups has involved Darling writing the budget to benefit these groups. Darling received an open records request to receive the communications between Darling and these groups, and she has refused to comply with them. The Dane County District Attorney brought a lawsuit against her, and she then released some of the requested records while insisting that she has complied with all requests. This is the basis of the allegations of a coverup, and misconduct in public office.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Press Release
The legal complaint is also attached.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, August 4, 2011 CONTACT: Graeme Zielinski, WisDems Communications Director (414) 364-1077, graemezwisdems [dot] org
Alberta Darling's Illegal Coverup
MILWAUKEE-The Democratic Party of Wisconsin today filed complaints in multiple jurisdictions alleging that state Sen. Alberta Darling has committed multiple felonies as part of a collusion and obstruction conspiracy.
The complaints also name the corporate front group Americans For Prosperity, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life and the lobbying arm of for-profit education corporations, the so-called American Federation for Children.
Darling's campaign and political operation is alleged to have benefited directly from groups that are part of a loose "coalition" that is funneling millions of dollars into Wisconsin in defense of her and Scott Walker's agenda.
Only when forced by the threat of a lawsuit to release some emails that indicate coordination and collusion did Darling begrudgingly comply. But Darling is blocking the release of records relating to a Democratic Party of Wisconsin Open Records Request that includes groups such as Wisconsin Right to Life -- an extreme conservative organization that is under current investigation for campaign violations.
"It appears that Alberta Darling is engaged in a coverup to hide election collusion," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Thursday. "The last acts of her desperate campaign are not merely pathetic. They are illegal."