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Jun 19, 201404:28 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Partisan witch hunt? President Obama’s people, Kathleen Falk, Tom Barrett, the Dems, and the unions coordinated, yet no secret John Doe investigation

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The courts released 266 pages of documents this afternoon relating to the partisan vendetta against Gov. Scott Walker and conservative free speech.

The headline takeaway is this: It was a partisan witch hunt. Documents released today compare the 2010-12 campaign coordination between the likes of Kathleen Falk, Tom Barrett, United Wisconsin, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and President Barack Obama himself.

Today’s document dump includes the heretofore suppressed motions by defense attorneys for Eric O’Keefe and the Club for Growth. Those motions detail how, while Chisholm and his deputy, Bruce Landgraf, “engaged in an ever-broadening investigation in an attempt to discredit Scott Walker and to harass and intimidate his supporters, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office continually refused to investigate credible allegations of misconduct involving Democrats.”

From that filing:

On Nov. 19, 2011, The Committee to Recall Scott Walker … announced a gathering to kick off the Walker recall effort. The event was widely announced as being “in coordination with We Are Wisconsin, United Wisconsin, and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin) …” In fact … the timing of the recall was carefully discussed between these members, political candidates, and nationwide Democratic Party leaders, including officials from the Barack Obama presidential campaign.

In one prototypical meeting in October 2011, union leaders met with Obama’s campaign manager and deputy campaign manager for several hours to discuss the timing of the recall. ... In fact, the word “coordination” or a derivation was used regularly in [news] articles to describe United Wisconsin’s role in the recall petition. Defendants did not investigate this coordination, much less commence an open-ended investigation into the entire left-wing movement in Wisconsin.

The motion on behalf of O’Keefe and Club for Growth, originally filed Feb. 10, was signed by lead defense attorneys David Rivkin and Edward H. Williams of Washington, D.C. It notes that an organization supporting Kathleen Falk, then running in the Democratic recall primary, ran $1.6 million worth of TV ads. The name of that organization, “Wisconsin for Falk,” was “suspiciously similar … to Falk’s official committee, Falk for Wisconsin.”

Indeed, “the candidate appeared in that ad buy, directly staring at the camera, clearly demonstrating that Falk worked with the group to film the ads.”

The defense filing notes that in January 2010, the City of Milwaukee awarded a no-bid contract paying $75 an hour to a former campaign spokesman for Tom Barrett, who was then a candidate against Walker for governor in the first go-around. “Among other things, [Jeff] Fleming worked on speeches for Barrett, and correspondence regarding this and other campaign activities was sent both to Fleming’s city account and his personal account. … The District Attorney’s Office did not investigate this appearance of impropriety, much less commence an open-ended investigation into Barrett’s campaign.”

In November 2013, the Center for Media and Democracy, a left-wing 501(c)3 hosted a conference call between reporters and its director Lisa Graves, who is well connected with Democratic Party members … statewide. One reporter asked about whether the same activity being investigated had occurred among liberal and Democratic groups. Graves’ response indicated that such activity did occur, but was distinguishable, she said, because “they’re advancing not just an ideological agenda but an agenda that helps advance the bottom line of their corporate interests.”

Prosecutors, the defense motion reads, “did not investigate this acknowledgment of coordination,” either.


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Jun 19, 2014 09:09 pm
 Posted by  Mr. C

I find it amazing that this post has been out there for almost 4.5 hours and nothing from annoying bob and his cast of clowns yet.

Jun 19, 2014 09:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dave, Dave, Dave...I've been telling you for many months now your Boy Governor and his crew are crooked as a $3 bill. His own words, bragging to Rove, damn him, with more sure to come as documents are examined. What's it going to take for you to accept reality? The perp walk in cuffs? (Just hold your breath.) You going to keep hiding behind corrupted, inept judges like "at the Koch brothers' teat" Randa? At a minimum you need to admit his higher aspirations are a delusion and Governor Burke now sounds reasonable.
"Hey, why'd all my dark money disappear?"
Hard Not to Gloat, But I Told Ya So, AnonyBob
(Witch hunt? Yeah, cuz they ARE witches, by their own words.)

Jun 19, 2014 11:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Sounds like the KGB running amok. Madison is the Moscow of the Midwest. Don't trust your neighbor.

Jun 20, 2014 04:39 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

yawn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 20, 2014 08:49 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The only clowns are blaska and his one friend mr c.

Jun 20, 2014 11:37 am
 Posted by  patricko

I agree about the WSJ headline. They had quotation marks around the "criminal scheme" as if the prosecutors merely saying it, made it so. Does it come as a surprise that they thought it was criminal? By definition of their duties, it would have to be. Otherwise they could be accused of negligence. But why does nobody ever point out that this fiasco went on for over a year? Exactly how long should it take to amass enough evidence of "coordination" that you can file charges? Judge Randa correctly surmised that filing charges was never their intent. Shutting up Club for Growth was their intent.

Jun 20, 2014 01:46 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I get tired of hearing about the club of growth,

they do nothing for me or the state of Wisconsin.

why are they even an entity.

are they even located in the state?

Jun 20, 2014 02:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Politics is the game you chose, Dave. You played it for your career (beats ditch digging, am I right?) and now it keeps you occupied (and on the radio) in your retirement. Politics is ultimately the guys who own the factory vs. the people who work there. Is now, always was, always will be. You're with the guys who own the factory, which is a fine place to be. But don't start thinking that you're on the side of justice and fairness and all that, because you're not. It's possible that your agenda is occasionally just and fair, but really it's just about making more loot and keeping your people in power. Niccolo Machiavelli said it best: "Politics have no relation to morals."

Jun 20, 2014 02:27 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Indeed, “the candidate appeared in that ad buy, directly staring at the camera, clearly demonstrating that Falk worked with the group to film the ads.”

No mystery here: candidates put video of themselves on the Internet in various settings so independent groups can use them. You should be using this point to defend Walker, not damn the Democrats.

If the infamous "pre-dawn raids" were in pursuit of, say, drug dealers, would you be outraged? "Pre-dawn" would seem to be a great time to minimize the chance of suspects destroying evidence.

Jun 20, 2014 05:55 pm
 Posted by  David Blaska

"If the infamous "pre-dawn raids" were in pursuit of, say, drug dealers, would you be outraged?"


Political speech, that speech most protected by the First Amendment, the cornerstone of democracy, yes.


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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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