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Jun 24, 201411:28 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Liberal political ‘collusion’? Hey, John Doe prosecutors: Do we have to draw a map?

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C’mon Schmitz, Chisholm, and Landgraf. On Robels! On Nickel! (On Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, and Comet!) To the top of the porch! Pound on the door! Arm the deputies. Shine the floodlights! Wake the neighbors! Make the children cry! Seize the hard drives and the cell phones! Jail random citizens without bringing charges! Ruin their reputations! Free speech is afoot!

What? Progressive citizen groups were talking among themselves, as well? Never mind.

Blaska’s Bring It! made the case last week that the John Doe investigations have been a “Partisan witch hunt” aided and abetted by a naturally left-of-center mainstream news media.

Exhibit A was the startling headlines giving full credence to prosecutors’ “theory” that Gov. Scott Walker was running what they deliriously described as “a criminal scheme.” They did so despite the rulings of two courts (and buttressed by a third) that “the prosecutors’ theory of illegal campaign coordination is faulty and itself a violation of the defendants’ right to free political speech,” as the Wall Street Journal editorialized Friday. (Attention, Pulitzer Prize Committee!)

“The document dump amounts to prosecutors losing in court but then having the press treat the prosecutors’ claims as if they were the gospel truth.”

Exhibit B was the blind eye prosecutors gave to multiple cases of obvious “coordination” by progressive groups. I cited four examples last week. Again, the Wall Street Journal:

As it happens, the “coordination” prosecutors have decried in Scott Walker’s case is nearly identical to the “coordination” employed during the 2012 presidential campaign on behalf of President Obama. In February 2012, Mr. Obama’s official campaign committee “blessed” (as the Politico website put it) fundraising for Priorities USA Action, a liberal SuperPac that supported Mr. Obama and other Democratic candidates. The big dollars soon followed.

No other mainstream news media outlet bothered to mine that rich vein. Is it because they want to believe the prosecution but not the defense?

If you need your smoking gun in graphic form, feast your eyes.

These graphs were developed by the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in June 2012 to counter progressive accounts that they had been outspent by Republicans defending Walker and the state senators in the recall elections that year. But MacIver also proved coordination befitting the National Ballet Company of China.

Of them, MacIver wrote at the time:

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy has been tracking the grassroots activities, financial contributions and independent expenditures of more than fifty state and national leftwing organizations who were active in Wisconsin in the days leading up to the June 5th election.

So far, we can track more than $23 million dollars in financial support. … These figures include direct contributions from political action committees to candidates, independent expenditure campaigns, and individual third party expenditures. The overall effort, however, is likely much larger. Member-to-member communications and issue advocacy totals are not required to be reported to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and are therefore not included in this total.

In addition, from phone banking, to get out the vote canvassing, from rallies to radio ads, MacIver’s Liberal Mobilization Matrix chronicles the paid and volunteer ‘ground game’ activities of dozens of labor, liberal and democratic party organizations.


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Jun 24, 2014 12:06 pm
 Posted by  Meade

Let me see if I understand this...

There are three questions central to the allegations that Pres. Barack Obama and Mayor Tom Barrett and others were at the heart of a criminal campaign coordination scheme.

Question 1: Did Barrett and his campaign coordinate their recall campaign activities and fundraising with outside groups, such as the Democracy Alliance?

Question 2: If Barrett was directly coordinating with outside groups, is such conduct illegal?

Question 3: Somewhere in Wisconsin, there is a secret John Doe 3 investigation into Democrat recall campaign criminal scheming. Am I right?

Jun 24, 2014 01:31 pm
 Posted by  Mr. C

Hey Meade! Two out of three ain't bad.

Jun 24, 2014 01:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

again I ask,

dave were you ever in the service?

Jun 24, 2014 01:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

guess who works for the MacIver institute?

scott jensen


Case dismissed !

Jun 24, 2014 02:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anony 1:43: again I ask, how do you keep and idiot in suspense?

Jun 24, 2014 02:36 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, can you fill us in on Mitch Henck? Why is he no longer on the air? I didn't listen to him regularly but he was certainly a voice of reason in this town.

Jun 24, 2014 03:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

okay anony 2:33 how do I keep you in suspense?

Jun 24, 2014 05:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'm sure Dave had other priorities when of the age to be in the service.

Jun 24, 2014 09:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, thanks for recycling and promoting all the visual gibberish, provided by a corporate propaganda machine. Why on earth do you give your support to all the quote, unquote "free speech" that billionaires can secretly buy? Do you think they have one shed of altruistic concern for you, me or the other 99.9%? You are being played, my friend!
AnonyBob

Jun 24, 2014 10:53 pm
 Posted by  redrandall

There was illegal activity at UW-Madison as well. A co-worker emailed everyone in the office urging them to join the recall effort, urging them to vote against Walker and Kleefisch. This was done on university time during working hours on university computers, using university email accounts. The Chancellor's office was notified but virtually nothing was done. I guess the law doesn't apply to you if you're on the left side of the political spectrum.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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