David Blaska sees illegal activity in state politics, but it’s not about Gov. Scott Walker:
The courts released 266 pages of documents [Thursday] 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 [Thursday] 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.
Quelle surprise! A Democratic district attorney investigates Republicans and conservatives, but refuses to investigate accusations against Democrats and their apparatchiks.