John Doe Investigation Category Archive


  • Plain Talk: Republicans Have Choice Between Two Screwballs for U.S. Senate

    Problem was, the GAB had turned over Vukmir’s improper emails to John Doe prosecutors in 2013, two years before she had introduced the bill. As One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross said, she...

    Capital Times, 07/25/2018
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Leaves John Doe II Case Involving Scott Walker to Lower Court Judge

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday it would stay away for now from lingering litigation over a now-closed investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign, leaving a Brown County judge to sort out...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/06/2018
  • Federal Judge Dismisses Governor Scott Walker-related John Doe Lawsuit

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against investigators and former state officials involved in a now-halted secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. The Wisconsin State Journal reports Thursday,...

    WITI-TV, 03/16/2017
  • Federal Judge Throws Out John Doe Suit Against Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm

    A federal judge Wednesday threw out a lawsuit that a conservative group brought against prosecutors over how they conducted their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. The MacIver Institute alleged in its...

    Milwaukee State Journal, 03/15/2017
  • What Senator Scott Fitzgerald Knew

    The evidence shows to date state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has not been forthcoming or honest with the media about these matters.

    Mike Browne, 09/29/2016
  • Wisconsin Attorney General Asks US Supreme Court Not to Hear John Doe Appeal

    Before he was Attorney General, Brad Schimel said elected officials should be able to help their campaign donors, and this latest action shows he wasn’t kidding.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/16/2016
  • Ex-Walker Aide Questions Signature

    A former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker hoping to reinstate her lawsuit against prosecutors is alleging in new court documents that a judge didn’t properly review a search warrant of her...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/04/2016
  • Conservative Wisconsin Group Expanding Focus Nationally

    A conservative Wisconsin group that’s filed lawsuits in defense of several of Gov. Scott Walker’s most contentious proposals announced Monday it is expanding its work nationally, with a focus on limiting powers...

    SFGate, 07/11/2016
  • Prosecutors: Walker Campaign, Group ‘one and the Same’

    Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and a supposedly independent conservative group were “one and the same,” prosecutors told the U.S. Supreme Court in a filing this week seeking to reopen a probe of...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 04/29/2016
  • John Doe Investigation Into Lincoln Hills Abuse Allegations Closed

    A state John Doe investigation into a troubled juvenile prison in northern Wisconsin has been closed under a law signed last year by Gov. Scott Walker that put time limits on such...

    WPR, 04/19/2016
  • Scott Walker Was Always the Principal Target’ of Criminal Probe

    Gov. Scott Walker “was always the principal target” of a now-halted criminal investigation into his recall campaign, the state’s top ethics administrator wrote in a June 2014 email released Friday. The email...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/26/2016
  • Sex Assault Allegation Mishandled at Lincoln Hills

    Despite what a former state employee called a strong case, officials in 2013 abandoned pursuing charges against a juvenile inmate accused of sexually assaulting his roommate at a secure Northwoods facility now...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/23/2016
  • Department of Corrections Secretary to Resign As New Information Surfaces on Lincoln Hills

    A staffer at a troubled Northwoods youth prison has been put on paid leave pending an investigation of the medical treatment of a juvenile who was taken to a hospital this month....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/22/2016
  • Walker Denies Prior Knowledge of Lincoln Hill Youth Prison Abuses As Corrections Secretary Resigns Amid Investigation

    Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid an investigation into abuse allegations at the state’s youth prison, the governor’s office said Friday as news emerged that the FBI had...

    Associated Press, 02/12/2016
  • Walker Was Notified in 2012 of Lincoln Hills Crisis

    A Racine County judge warned Gov. Scott Walker’s office in 2012 of severe safety issues at the state’s youth prison, and later the county stopped sending its juvenile offenders to the Irma...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/12/2016
  • Walker Was Notified of Lincoln Hills Concerns in 2012

    Four years before abuse allegations put a state prison for youth in headlines, the institution botched its response to a sexual assault of an inmate so badly that an entire county stopped...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/11/2016
  • Attorney General Asks Federal Court to Stay Out of John Doe

    Scot Ross, executive director of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, chastised Schimel’s move, noting the political arm of [WMC].

    Racine Journal Times, 01/30/2016
  • Brad Schimel: Prosecutors Shouldn’t Retain Doe Materials

    Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, conducted two probes related to the Republican governor. The first resulted in six convictions of his aides and associates for activities such as campaigning...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/29/2016
  • 2 DAs Back Away From Bid to Revive Probe Into Walker Campaign

    Two of the five district attorneys involved in an investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and conservative groups are walking away from an attempt to revive the probe that the state Supreme...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/15/2015
  • Scott Walker: DOC Reviewing Safety at All Prisons in Wake of Criminal Investigation at Youth Prison

    Gov. Scott Walker said Friday his administration is reviewing safety measures and policies at all state prisons as the Department of Justice investigates alleged abuse of inmates at a juvenile prison in...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/11/2015
  • Is Wisconsin’s John Doe Investigation Really Over Now? What You Need to Know

    One Wisconsin Now argues that under the U.S. Supreme Court case Caperton v. Massey Coal, at least a few of those judges should have recused themselves. The case found a judge must recuse when "extreme facts" create a "probability of bias."

    Capital Times, 12/10/2015
  • Abuse, Misconduct, Intimidation at Center of Sweeping Investigation of Wisconsin Juvenile Prison

    Under a law Gov. Scott Walker signed Oct. 23, John Doe inquiries cannot be used to investigate allegations of misconduct in public office. The John Doe request in this case was filed...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/10/2015
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Won’t Restart John Doe Probe of Scott Walker Recall Campaign

    The state Supreme Court has denied a special prosecutor’s request to reopen an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign, a decision the prosecutor says he plans to appeal to the U.S....

    WiscNews, 12/03/2015
  • Walker Secretly Signed John Doe ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Bill in Chicago

    Scott Walker’s gubernatorial calendars for the months of August and September show he largely ignored his duties as governor as he mounted a historically inept presidential campaign.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/23/2015
  • Scott Walker Signs Bill Limiting Doe Probes As Records Are Released

    Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Friday curtailing the ability of district attorneys to use the John Doe law to launch investigations like the probes they have conducted of his campaign and his...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/23/2015
  • Lawmakers Approve Bill Ending John Doe Probes of Political Crimes

    The proposal, which would reshape how cases of bribery of public officials and other political crimes are often investigated, was largely prompted by a probe into the Republican governor’s campaign and conservative...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/20/2015
  • Walker’s Latest Whopper on Criminal Investigation

    There is no universe which exists where an ambitious career politician like Scott Walker wouldn’t have his high priced criminal defense lawyers find out if he was under criminal investigation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/07/2015
  • New Document Shows Scott Walker Was Targeted in Criminal Investigation

    Scot Ross, president of the progressive group One Wisconsin Now, concurred with Fischer. “Scott Walker simply cannot be trusted,” he said. “Scott Walker repeatedly told the people of Wisconsin he wasn't under criminal investigation. Today, the evidence shows Scott Walker repeatedly wasn't telling the people of Wisconsin the truth.”

    Daily Beast, 08/06/2015
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Quashes Walker Investigation

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal One Wisconsin Now, said that the conflict of interest among the justices was part of a system "run amok".

    CNN, 07/16/2015
  • Did Walker Gang Just Use $10 Million ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card?

    Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and outside groups accused of illegally coordinating campaign activities were let off the hook today by four justices of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/16/2015
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Wants to Reconsider Case of Former Walker Aide

    Scot Ross, director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, accused Gableman of having political motives in attempting to revive the appeal.

    Associated Press, 06/25/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Ethics

    Scott Walker's political philosophy can be summed up in three easy steps: (1) Reward my donors, (2) Increase my power, and (3) Punish my enemies.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/10/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now Issues Walker Warning for New Hampshire

    One Wisconsin Now is warning New Hampshire voters to beware this weekend when Walker visits to audition for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/15/2015
  • Candidate for State High Court Flips His Flop on ‘Supreme Injustice’ Constitutional Amendment

    In comments to the media yesterday, Daley is again supporting the GOP authored power grab also backed by the conservative special interest lobby WMC.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/21/2015
  • GOP Puts ‘Supreme Injustice’ Partisan Power Grab on Legislative Fast Track

    Legislative Republicans have fast-tracked resolutions to undo Wisconsin's 125 year-old system of selecting the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/19/2015
  • John Doe Emails: ‘Dark Side’ Was Code for Scott Walker Campaign

    Scott Walker’s Milwaukee County staff had a code name for his gubernatorial campaign with which they secretly coordinated strategy and messaging nearly every day: “the dark side.” […] Most of the correspondence...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/31/2014
  • The Best Defense Money Can Buy: Parties Involved in Criminal Investigation of Campaign Collusion Spent Millions to Help Elect Court Majority That Could Hear Cases

    The Supreme Court, with Justice Bradley abstaining, voted to hear several appeals related to the criminal investigation of collusion between the Walker's campaign and outside groups.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/17/2014
  • The Political Pitfalls of Cultural Crossover: Scott Walker Edition

    In an undated letter unearthed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now during the August release of documents from the first of two John Doe investigations related to the governor, Walker responded...

    Capital Times, 12/11/2014
  • Scott Walker’s Hanukkah Message: ‘Molotov’!

    Molotov In an undated letter posted by the Capital Times Wednesday, Walker wrote to a constituent that he would be happy to display a menorah at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. At the...

    Huffington Post, 12/10/2014
  • Desperate Walker Republicans Roll RoJo Out to Shriek ‘Fraud’

    Johnson’s comments were part of a consistent campaign by Republicans to suppress voter turnout through public statements and disenfranchisement legislation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/02/2014
  • The Anatomy of a Right-Wing Smear Campaign

    The wallet and fingerprints of Scott Walker’s campaign co-chair, Michael Grebe, are all over this last-second desperate smear against Mary Burke.

    Cody Oliphant, 10/30/2014
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s Campaign Co-Chair’s Fingerprints on Latest Political Hit Job to Try to Maintain Power for Gov. Walker

    A review of IRS records and Bradley Foundation reports reveals they have provided significant financial support for the media outlet that first reported on the smear.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/30/2014
  • Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge – the Scott Walker Gang’s Response to Open Records Request

    Gov. Walker and his team's actions show that they believe Wisconsin's open records statute is a nuisance to be evaded, not a law to be followed.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/28/2014
  • Scott Walker’s Corruption Problem

    New documents released show that Walker helped his longtime campaign treasurer get inside information for a bid to lease office space to the county. Ross, who describes Walker’s administration as “arguably one of the...

    The Progressive, 10/23/2014
  • #TBT 2006-2010: The Stunning Hypocrisy of Scott Walker

    Running for office on a platform of transparency in contracting while working surreptitiously to manipulate a contract for the benefit of a political crony is at the top of the list.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/23/2014
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls for Central Figures in Attempted Milwaukee County Bid Scheme to Resign State Positions

    New documents reveal how individuals participated in providing inside info to try to help a political crony of then-County Executive, and now Walker win a lucrative publicly-funded contract.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/22/2014
  • Scott Walker Campaign Staffer OK’d Statement Denying Political Activity by County Staff

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, called the email exchange “Exhibit A” for how Walker, a Republican up for re-election, put politics ahead of public service.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/2014
  • Top Walker Aide Worked to Help Walker Campaign Treasurer on County Office Space Deal

    The new emails do shed light on the part of the John Doe investigation focused on competition to house the county’s Department on Aging in private office space. Cynthia Archer, who was...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/21/2014