wisconsin capitol
Press Release
March 12, 2012
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
(608) 444-3483
One Wisconsin Now

Gov. Walker’s Legal Defense Fund Creation Raises More Questions

The latest in the sad saga of perhaps the most ethically challenged administration in recent state history is the formation of a legal defense fund, the Scott Walker Trust, to accept funds to pay for criminal defense lawyers retained by Gov. Walker.

Gov. Walker had refused to reveal how he intended to pay for his criminal defense attorneys for nearly 40 days after announcing he had “lawyered-up”. While the creation of a legal defense fund provides the mechanism through which payments may be made, its creation raises a series of additional, troubling questions to which the people of Wisconsin deserve answers, including:

  • What has changed in the investigation that Gov. Walker now needs personal representation paid for by a legal defense fund instead of his campaign paying for lawyers to “assist” the investigation? Gov. Walker claims that he has hired new criminal defense lawyers for the purpose of cooperating with the Milwaukee County District Attorney. However, for a year, the campaign itself was paying an attorney to “cooperate” with the DA by providing needed emails, etc.
  • Why has Gov. Walker retained a criminal defense lawyer from Chicago who specializes in federal investigations if this is a state case run by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office?
  • Is Gov. Walker a target for possible prosecution in the ongoing criminal investigation of his wrongdoing in his administration and campaign?
  • Will Gov. Walker voluntarily reveal the identities of the campaign contributors who have consented to transfer their donation to the campaign to the legal defense fund as they occur? Reporting requirements and deadlines could allow him to conceal this information from the public until April 2013!
  • Who will be asked to transfer their contributions from the campaign to the Governor’s legal defense fund? Do they have any business before the state?
  • Why has the Governor’s campaign not released any records of the alleged contacts between his campaign and the Government Accountability Board?
  • How can the Governor’s contention that his legal defense fund is operating consistent with the advice of the Government Accountability Board be independently verified if there is no documentation of what the GAB’s advice is?
# # #

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

us capitol building
Press Release

Gov. Scott Walker Joins ‘If It’s True’ Crowd

Meanwhile in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker, joined those offering aid and comfort to Moore by falling back on the “if it’s true” refrain.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/13/2017
scott walker in a hole
Press Release

One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Scott Walker Signing Foxconn Contract

Scott Walker literally signed away our future, agreeing to a contract to send billions of our tax dollars to boost the bottom line of a foreign corporation.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/10/2017
ron johnson
Press Release

Ron Johnson’s Failure to Confront Sexual Abuse of Women & Children Continues

Ron Johnson Offers Only Qualified Condemnation of Sourced Reporting of Abuse of Teens, Minor Women by GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/10/2017
wisconsin over money
Press Release

Rigged Bid Delivers Contract for Scott Walker’s Campaign Treasurer

A consulting firm owned by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign treasurer Kate Lind received a state contract for services, after being the only one to bid on it.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/09/2017
scot ross tv still
In the News

Bill would lower drinking age in Wisconsin to 19

Scot Ross, who leads the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, says the bill sends the wrong message about the state's drinking culture.
WKOW-TV
11/09/2017
university of wisconsin bascom hall
Press Release

UW Students Blast Regents Policy Threatening Free Speech on Campuses

UW students and free speech advocates are organizing to fight back against new restrictions on speech being imposed system wide by the Board of Regents
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Institute
11/08/2017
signing contract
Press Release

Before Ink Dry on Contract, Scott Walker Running from Foxconn Deal

Scott Walker Can Run From Deal, But Voters Won’t Let Him Hide From His Giveaway to Foreign Corporation
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/08/2017
Student Loan Debt Graduation Cap and Money
Press Release

Americans Over Age 60 Fastest Growing Demographic for Student Loan Debt

A study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that borrowers over age 60 is the age demographic in which debt is growing the fastest.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/07/2017