Winking WalkerWhy in one key respect do the criminal complaints in the charges against top aides to Scott Walker sound so familiar? For two reasons:
For one thing, Walker's aides and by extension his campaign are -- among other transgressions --accused of performing political work on county government time. Whatever motives the campaign had for doing this, one substantive outcome was that public resources were used to benefit Walker's political operation -- public salaries paying for campaign work by key county appointees, electricity for their computers, the imputed cost of office space and so forth.
When else has the Walker operation engaged in such private-to-public cost-shifting? We know of one: Just the other week, his campaign managed to get a friendly judge in Waukesha County to force the Government Accountability Board to do work that the state constitution says is supposed to be handled by the elected official who's the subject of a recall.