BREAKING: Ending All Speculation, New Documents Show Definitively - Scott Walker And/Or His Agents Are Under Investigation
Scott Walker has refused to describe the conditions under which his criminal defense fund has been created. New documents from the Government Accountability Board, obtained by state Senator Jon Erpenbach, show definitively that Walker MUST BE either a target of the investigation and/or he is bankrolling the defense of heinous crimes.
Aside from getting tons of money from out of state corporate interests, Walker is on record with the single biggest donor to his campaign admitting that his union busting policies were never about “fiscal responsiblity” as he claimed to the voters. He admitted that it’s about “Divide and Conquer.” Then he lied to congress about it.
From the transcript:
» any chance we’ll get to be a completely red state and work on these unions and become a right to work? what can we do to help you?
» we’re going to start in a couple of weeks with our budget adjustment. the first step is deal with collective bargaining for all public employees. use divide and conquer.
» it’s a look inside the governor’s head and agenda less than one month before he staged an all out assault. at the time he lied about his reasons for gutting the public sector. his biggest lie happened during congressional testimony in april of 2011.
» have you ever had a conversation with respect to your actions in wisconsin in using them to punish members of the opposition party and their donor base?
» you’ve never had such a conversation?
» let’s go back and take another look at what the he told billionaire donor three months earlier.
» the first step is we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employees. use divide and conquer.
One would think the DNC would want to run with this tell all video of Walker’s confession to a fellow corporatist.
One would think the DNC would recognize the importance of the recall election, to the people of Wisconsin who have been through corporatist hell, thanks to Walker and his puppet masters, the Koch Brothers.
Let’s encourage the DNC to get off its ass and help Tom Barrett.
Moveon.org has a petition going calling on the DNC to:
invest now in the crucial fight to remove Scott Walker from office in Wisconsin–the people have worked hard and it’s time to help.
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The reality is, the GOP is in it to win it and they are putting their money where their corporate speech is.
It’s time for the DNC to stand up for the people of Wisconsin!
The criticism from one anonymous Wisconsin Democratic official of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) not financially investing enough into the recall election against Governor Scott Walker (R) is not felt by another inside party figure Tuesday afternoon, in an exclusive interview with The Raw Story.
In an exclusive interview with The Raw Story, Zielinski indicated that the DNC has been very supportive so far in helping Walker’s Democratic challenger Tom Barrett and the recall campaign’s efforts. Zielinski also was not worried about any criticism of the DNC’s fiscal contribution, citing the election was not tomorrow.
“We’re not done yet, they have plenty of time,” Zielinski said. “We know they know the stakes, and we’re confident that they’ll be here for us. They have been here for us in the past, and they know how important this election is in our conversation with them.”
“We’ve gotten great support from organizations like the Democratic Governors Association,” he said. “Certainly President Obama’s campaign here in Wisconsin has been incredibly helpful. The DNC has already been helping us connect with volunteers. We’re comfortable and confident that they’ll help us with the research to compete.”
Democrats in Wisconsin on Thursday demanded that election officials disqualify fake candidates running in recall primary elections this spring, according to the Associated Press.
The Democrats are being represented by attorney Jeremy Levinson, who claims the fake candidates are violating Wisconsin election laws.
“The fraudulent candidates and the RPW [Republican Party of Wisconsin] have explicitly acknowledged that, in fact, these fraudulent primary candidates are part of an effort to manipulate the electoral process in support of Republican incumbents facing recall,” Levinson wrote in a complaint to the Government Accountability Board.
“The RPW’s scheme,” Levinson wrote, “involves serial election fraud and invalidates each of the six phony candidacies.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and four Wisconsin Republican state senators all face recall elections on May 8 or June 5.
But by running the fake candidates, the Republican Party forces primary elections to be held on May 8, ensuring that all of the incumbents will face an election at a later date, June 5.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin has denied violating any laws by running the fake candidates.
“The complaint filed today by Attorney Jeremy Levinson is nothing more than a publicity stunt,” Republican Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Ben Sparks said in a statement.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was just dealt a defeat in court, with Dane County Judge Richard Niess denying a request by Walker for more time — on top of a previous extension — to review and challenge the more than one-million signatures that Democrats filed last month to recall him.
The request was filed with the court on Tuesday, and argued Friday, with a ruling coming very quickly afterward. Had the request been granted, the potential existed for the official certification and triggering of the recall to be delayed. As the Associated Press reports, Niess said that Walker did not show good cause for a further extension.
This result may have come about due to an admission that Walker’s legal team made in their filing: Of the amount of processing that they had completed, they claimed a discovered an error rate of only between 10 and 20 percent, consistent with the 15% figure in a random sampling by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Such a rejection rate is not unusual when an opposing campaign actively looks for alleged deficiencies and challenges against signatures.
However, the Democrats’ submission of over a million signatures was nearly twice the required threshold of just over 540,000, or 25 percent of the total number of voters in the 2010 gubernatorial election. As a result, the Walker campaign would need to disqualify nearly half of the signatures in play here — a rate that is very far above their current tally.
TPM asked state Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks for comment on the ruling.
“The court’s decision to deny Friends of Scott Walker an extension to verify these recall petitions is concerning, given that it has become apparent that an adequate review of recall signatures could not be met within the current time limit,” said Sparks. “Nevertheless, the Republican Party of Wisconsin and Friends of Scott Walker will continue our efforts to verify these signatures so as to protect Wisconsin residents from being disenfranchised by invalid signatures.”
Late last month, Niess granted the GAB a further 30 days, for 61 days total through March 19. Niess also restarted the clock for Walker, due to the GAB’s initial inability to deliver copies of the sheer number of petitions, to begin once the copies were fully supplied. And on top of that, Niessgranted Walker an extra 20 days, for 30 days total, which ultimately worked out to a deadline of February 27.
On Tuesday, however, Walker’s legal team asked for a further extension of two weeks, up through March 12 — getting close to the GAB’s own deadline — in order to accommodate their requirements for data analysis by their contracted third-party vendor.
The Walker campaign’s filing said that the Walker campaign was able to complete a review of the petitions for clear errors such as signature problems, thanks to the labor of 3,000 volunteers. But beyond that, they said, they must also compile and analyze a full database, in order to screen for duplicate names and invalid addresses — a process that they said is “not yet 25 percent complete.”
h/t: Eric Kleefeld at TPM
It’s the big day in Wisconsin: After two months of collecting petitions, state Democrats will officially turn in a vast number of signatures collected in order to trigger a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker.
In December, the Democrats announced that they had collected over 507,000 signatures in 30 days, getting very close to the legal threshold of just over 540,000 signatures in 60 days. (The party also told TPM at the time that this 507,000 figure takes into account also own efforts to weed out bad signatures.) They also said that they were working towards an even greater goal of 720,000 total, in order to have an absolute buffer against disqualifications.
State Democratic party spokesman Graeme Zielinski told TPM on Monday: “We’re confident that we will hit that mark.”
Over the weekend, the party announced a series of 22 petition turn-in parties around the state, for supporters to hand in the final petitions. And to keep momentum going, they also announced last week a “Recall Victory Day Schedule” for Tuesday — including the big petition drop-off at 3 p.m. CT, plus a victory party right near the state Capitol building.
When asked for comment by TPM, Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews denounced the rallies.
“The Democrats have already held 22 parties to celebrate costing Wisconsin taxpayers $9 million for this baseless recall,” said Matthews. “Throwing parties to celebrate a taxpayer-funded recall election is an insult to Governor Walker’s successful reforms and Wisconsin families who are benefiting from them. Tomorrow’s events are just further celebration of big-government union bosses $9 million power grab.”
Matthews also said the Democrats’ have set high a bar bar for themselves.
“The Democrats have said since the beginning of the recall effort their goal was to collect 1 million signatures. The amount they turn in [Tuesday], will likely fall far short of that goal. Governor Walker won with an overwhelming majority in 2010 and we are confident that the voters of Wisconsin will not let blatantly false accusations of what Gov. Walker’s reforms have accomplished to prematurely end his term.”
From there, of course, the next step is to have an actual candidate to oppose Walker. Recalls in Wisconsin do not feature any direct up-or-down vote on the incumbent, but instead effectively take the form of a special election with the incumbent and a challenger fighting it out to serve the rest of the term. Now that the petitions are being turned in — after a period in which the party’s open preference was to keep the political focus on Walker — it should not be long until candidates come forward.
Previously, the Democrats had said that they would aim to unite around a single candidate.
Now, however, a primary is looking more likely, with many Democratic names being talked about as potential candidates: State Sen. Tim Cullen (who has openly said he will run in a primary); Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (who was previously Walker’s Democratic opponent in 2010); former U.S. Rep. David Obey; state Sen. Jon Erpenbach; former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca.
So all in all, this is just the latest step in a very long election year saga for Wisconsin.
The state last year achieved national fame (or infamy), for Walker’s legislation stripping public employee unions of most collective bargaining rights — and the waves of protests that filled the state Capitol and other locations, followed by a summer of state Senate recall campaigns that attracted tens of millions of dollars in political spending.
Wisconsin Democrats, faced with a 19-14 Republican majority in the state Senate, attempted to mount a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation, by recalling their way to a majority. However, they were hampered by the fact that the only recall-eligible districts were ones where the incumbent had won their terms in 2008, even during that year’s Democratic wave.
In the end, Democrats were able to pick up two seats, just short of the magic number of three, for a narrow 17-16 Republican majority. Out of the recall campaigns that were waged by both parties, four incumbent Republicans and three Democrats retained their seats, while two Republicans lost to Democratic challengers.
h/t: Eric Kleefeld at TPM
On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Wisconsin Democrats claimed victory with the end of the Wisconsin recalls —Â in which they gained two state Senate seats, just short of the three needed to take a majority, and where their own incumbents fended off Republican challenges.
"In the wake of this historic recall season, we really see Democrats with the most momentum and most success on the board. We won an obvious majority in these elections, five of nine contests," said Tate, referring to the two Democratic pickups, and three successful defenses by Dem incumbents.
"And this is an important point, all three recalls against Democrats failed - not a single Democrat was recalled for standing up to Scott Walker and the extreme Republican agenda. On the other hand, two Republicans from red districts were recalled for supporting Scott Walker and his agenda."
One reporter asked Tate if the recall election season could truly be called a success, after many millions of dollars were spent, to remain in the minority. “Well look, obviously we would have loved to swing 1,200 votes in Baraboo and Ripon and had an official Democratic majority,” Tate said. “But if the goal was to change the face of the state Senate in Wisconsin, we’ve done that.”
h/t: Talking Points Memo