John Doe Investigation Category Archive


  • Justices Face Questions As ‘John Doe’ Probe Lands in Supreme Court

    One Wisconsin Now said the four-year-old rules are a “get-out-of-court-free card” for powerful interests that spend heavily in Supreme Court races. His group has called on the four justices to recuse themselves from...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/05/2014
  • #TBT Eight Million Reasons Four WI Supreme Court Justices Must Recuse in Walker-John Doe Case

    A reminder from April 14 of how four of seven Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices owe their current elected position to the millions of dollars in spending in their races by the Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/25/2014
  • Executive Behind Voter Fraud Billboards Sought Scott Walker Advice

    A venture fund manager consulted with then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker about state and federal voting laws in 2010, just weeks before the businessman began posting controversial ads on billboards in Milwaukee...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/11/2014
  • Court to Hear Arguments on Secret Scott Walker Investigation

    Gov. Walker has refused responsibility for his actions or to be held accountable for his bad decisions.

    MSNBC, 09/09/2014
  • Bradley Foundation’s WILL: Counsel for Walker’s Defense

    A right-wing “public interest” law firm and a legal expert who have raked in at least $1.75 million from the Bradley Foundation are entering the fray to try to help Gov. Walker out of his most recent legal jam.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/03/2014
  • Will Gov. Walker Answer the $700,000 Question?

    MADISON, Wis. — Despite claims made by Gov. Walker to the media that he was an intractable supporter of reducing mining regulations, as reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today Walker as...

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/27/2014
  • Where There’s a WILL, There’s a Way… to Promote Gov. Walker’s Best Interests

    For the years in which Federal IRS records are available for both the Bradley Foundation and WILL, 2011 and 2012, Bradley funds accounted for over 90 percent of the total money WILL reported raising.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/11/2014
  • Are You Still Doing It?

    Join us by standing up to Gov. Scott Walker, and ask him one simple question: are you still doing it?

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/28/2014
  • Did Gov. Walker Raise Money to Help Elect State Supreme Court Justice?

    In comments reported by the news service WisPolitics.com, Gov. Scott Walker admitted he personally solicited contributions for the Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCFG) in 2011 and 2012.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/27/2014
  • Will State Big Business Lobby Answer the Question, Is Gov. Walker Still Doing It?

    MADISON, Wis. — Contained in hundreds of pages of recently unsealed John Doe investigation court documents is information about the participation of the state big business lobby, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC),...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/26/2014
  • Scott Walker Accused of Illegal Fundraising

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said there is one simple question Gov. Walker must answer as his 2014 and beyond campaigns heats up: "Are you still doing it?"

    MSNBC, 06/20/2014
  • One Simple Question Gov. Walker Must Answer: Are You Still Doing It?

    MADISON, Wis. — Court documents from the latest John Doe criminal investigation of Gov. Walker reveal he was at the center of what was described as a national “criminal scheme” to evade campaign...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/20/2014
  • Details of Judges’ Decisions to Halt John Doe Probe

    “Basically what happened was is that they got caught and they are trying to use any and all legal arguments to try and get the case thrown out so they can save...

    WLUK-TV, 06/20/2014
  • Two Ask to Intervene, Have Records Withheld in John Doe Probe

    The two unnamed individuals rushing to court to prevent the release of secret investigative records said Tuesday they believed they are the “sole human targets” of the probe into fundraising and spending...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/17/2014
  • One Wisconsin Now Slams Gov. Walker on Capitol City Sunday

    Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, isn’t buying Walker’s answer. “There’s something there,” said Ross. “All this discussion about a settlement comes after there’s been discussion about the records...

    WKOW-TV, 05/30/2014
  • Gov. Walker Reportedly in Settlement Talks to End Criminal Investigation of Alleged Campaign Wrongdoing

    MADISON, Wis. — Are settlement talks between Gov. Walker and state prosecutors a desperate attempt to keep documents from a second, ongoing “John Doe” criminal investigation of Walker’s campaign from ever becoming public?...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/29/2014
  • Desperate Attempt by Gov. Walker to Keep Documents Secret From the Public?

    “Seeing what was revealed in just a fraction of the documents from the first John Doe criminal probe of Gov. Walker and his associates, it’s no wonder he’s desperate to keep more...

    WMTV-TV, 05/29/2014
  • One Wisconsin Now Hits Gov. Walker Over Alleged John Doe Deal

    “There is no question that Gov. Walker is driven by political ambition for higher office and his next election. And he is clearly, and rightly, concerned about what additional document dumps from...

    WQOW-TV, 05/28/2014
  • Legal Filings Show Walker Ousted GAB Chair After Board’s Unanimous Vote to Proceed With John Doe Investigation

    MADISON, Wis. — Just released filings related to the ongoing John Doe investigation into allegations of illegal coordination between Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and a host of conservative organizations show Gov. Walker withdrew...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/16/2014
  • Liberal Group Asks Supreme Court to Stay Out of John Doe Case

    One Wisconsin Now sent the court a letter saying two groups involved in the investigation — Wisconsin Club for Growth and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s chamber of commerce — helped...

    Associated Press, 04/14/2014
  • Liberal Group Asks Supreme Court to Refuse to Take John Doe Case

    A liberal group on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to refuse to take a case related to a secret investigation of fundraising and spending in Wisconsin’s recent recall elections. Scot Ross, the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/14/2014
  • Eight Million Reasons Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Should Recuse on Walker Request to Hear Corruption Investigation

    One Wisconsin Now has filed a formal letter urging four of the court's justices to recuse themselves from a legal request by the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker related to the ongoing John Doe investigation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/14/2014
  • Scott Walker Campaign Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in ‘John Doe’ Investigation

    Citing numbers from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, OWN executive director Scot Ross noted the four-member conservative majority on the court had benefited from millions of dollars in outside spending by the groups...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/12/2014
  • Gov. Walker and Special Interest Pals Go Venue Shopping for Friendly Court

    MADISON, Wis. — Defense lawyers for Gov. Walker are reportedly appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and its right-wing majority, to try to protect him from prosecutors investigating alleged illegal coordination between his...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/11/2014
  • Reported Central Figure in Scott Walker Administration “John Doe” Criminal Investigation Snags Newly Created State Job at $178,000 Annual Salary

    MADISON, Wis. — Longtime Gov. Walker close confidant, lobbyist and former staffer, Jim Villa, has reportedly been named to a newly created state job that will pay him $178,000 a year. Gov. Walker...

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/02/2014
  • Former Scott Walker Deputy Chief of Staff Left Without a Seat For ‘Inner Circle’ Game of Musical Chairs

    MADISON, Wis. — In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal, Gov. Walker’s former Milwaukee County Deputy Chief of Staff, Kelly Rindfleisch, alleges she has been shunned by GOP insiders and unable...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/31/2014
  • Show Us The Money: One Wisconsin Now Demands Gov. Walker Release Details of Book Contract

    MADISON, Wis. — Amidst reports that Gov. Walker was given an advance of over $340,000 for his poorly selling ghost-written book, One Wisconsin Now is calling on him to publicly release the details...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/26/2014
  • Walker, Again, Personally Directing Response to Controversy

    “We need to continue to keep me out of the story as this is a process issue and not a policy matter,” Walker wrote on March 27, 2010. The issue at that...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Walker’s Campaign and County Aides Coordinated Response to Outrageous Remarks of His Appointed Administrator of County Behavioral Health Division

    John Chianelli, then administrator of the county’s Behavioral Health Division, was quoted telling county supervisors that sexual assaults in mixed-gender wards were a trade-off for more violent assaults that would happen in...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Walker’s Gubernatorial Campaign Manager Directs Top Walker County Aide to Try to Suppress Open Records

    Gilkes told Rindfleisch to prod a county lawyer — then-Deputy Corporation Counsel Timothy Schoewe — to take a tougher stance. “Just do me a favor and tell him that we are getting...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Top Walker Aide Makes Light of County Mismanagement of Mental Health Services, “No One Care About Crazy People”

    Rindfleisch was sarcastic about the Mental Health Complex issue in a Sept. 2, 2010, email to a friend. “Last week was a nightmare,” she wrote. “A bad story every day on our...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Emails Show Walker Campaign Manager Successfully Delayed Milwaukee County Settlement With Parents of Woman Who Starved to Death at Walker Overseen County Mental Health Complex

    Instructions from Scott Walker’s campaign manager were explicit: Delay settlement of a long-standing legal case over the starvation-relateddeath of Cindy Anczak at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex. “Could care less what...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Campaign Aides Again Directing Response to County Issues, This Time Walker Mismanagement of County Mental Health Complex

    Walker’s county and campaign staffs collaborated in determining how to respond to one issue after another — sexual assaults of patients at the complex, security lapses, controversial remarks by Milwaukee County’s mental...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/26/2014
  • Bombshell New Report Casts Doubt on Gov. Walker’s Denial of Secret Email System in Governor’s Office

    MADISON, Wis. — A new report raises questions about the veracity of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s denial of the existence of a secret email system in the Governor’s office. An article posted today...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/25/2014
  • Emails Pose Problem for Wisconsin Governor

    The messages “unmask the real Gov. Walker,” said Mike Browne, deputy director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now. “He is revealed as a politician personally managing the minutest details of his public...

    Associated Press, 02/22/2014
  • Walker Encouraged Anti-immigrant Rant: ‘Don’t Hold Back.’

    Documents released this week show that Gov. Scott Walker told one of his closest advisers “Don’t hold back” after she forwarded an anti-immigrant screed to top members of his political inner circle...

    The Progressive, 02/21/2014
  • Email Dump Makes Political Hurdles for Walker

    The emails raise serious questions about his ethics and trustworthiness as a politician and public official.

    MSNBC, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Campaign Manager Directs Firing of County Aide to Take the Fall for Mismanagement of Mental Health Services Under Walker

    After Chianelli was demoted for his handling of sexual assaults at the complex, Gilkes wrote to Walker’s staff about the need to fire him: “I think we throw John under the bus...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • What Did Walker Aides Think Was Funny? Racism, Apparently.

    In April 2010, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff Kelly Rindfleisch received an emailed joke from a friend about someone whose dogs supposedly qualified for welfare because they are “mixed in color,...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Walker Transportation Department Assistant Deputy Secretary’s Racist Facebook Rant

    In August, Walker fired Steven Krieser, assistant deputy secretary at the state Department of Transportation, after he likened illegal immigrants to Satan during a Facebook debate over a bumper sticker declaring open...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/20/2014
  • Politics Top Concern Among Walker and Team in Response to O’Donnell Tragedy.

    An email from Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Timothy Russell, sent shortly after the tragedy reads: “Where is SKW (Scott Walker)? This is going to be a problem, whether we did (or...

    WITI-TV, 02/19/2014
  • Facts Are Facts. Gov. Walker’s Agenda an Abysmal Failure for Wisconsin

    Instead of owning up to the fact that his radical, ‘divide and conquer’ agenda has failed and changing course, Gov. Walker is turning to the special interests he serves to try to re-write history.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/07/2013
  • Did Walker’s Milwaukee County Aides Destroy Documents at Direction of Gubernatorial Campaign Manager?

    At issue is whether any documents related to the O’Donnell tragedy that were generated by Walker’s staff were destroyed. Walker was Milwaukee County executive and a candidate for governor when 15-year-old Jared...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/06/2013
  • Gov. Walker Jets to Seattle, Washington For Speech… Meanwhile in Wisconsin Over 6,100 Citizens Demand He Follow Campaign Fundraising Disclosure Rules

    MADISON, Wis. — According to reports, Gov. Walker has reversed course and will allow media to attend a speech he’s delivering to a right-wing think tank in Seattle, Washington today. While he’s...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/04/2013
  • Walker Personally Oversaw Response to O’Donnell Park Tragedy, He and His Team Put Political Concerns First

    Gov. Scott Walker worked simultaneously with his campaign staff and county aides in coordinating responses to media inquiries, open records requests and news stories about the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy, according to...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Top Walker Aides Sought to Slow Down Release of Public Records

    In one exchange, Walker’s top Milwaukee County fiscal aide, Cindy Archer, emailed Walker and Walker campaign aides on July 8 that “we may be responding too quickly” to requests for O’Donnell-related records...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Aide Indicted on Charges of Stealing From Fallen Soldiers Group Proposed Alternate Theory of O’Donnell Accident

    On the day of the O’Donnell accident, a county aide to Walker raises the issue of whether a car striking the concrete panel might have jarred it loose. “Perhaps grasping at straws...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Sought to Justify Involvement of Campaign Aides in County Response to O’Donnell Park Incident by Blaming Political Opponents

    Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that his top campaign staffers began advising and directing his Milwaukee County aides on their response to the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy because Walker’s political foes were...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013