By Chuck Goudie
ABC Eyewitness News, June 19, 2014
Within the 250 pages of contested court documents, prosecutors claim that Gov. Walker was in the middle of a criminal fundraising scheme. Gov. Walker, considered a possible Republican presidential contender in 2016, has not been charged with anything and we'll hear from him in a moment. But first, the claim that Walker and his allies illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside political groups.
The Wisconsin governor, who was at a water quality awards ceremony Thursday in Milwaukee, found himself in hot water because of records ordered unsealed by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Prosecutors label it as a "criminal scheme" in 2011 by Walker, his campaign and two top GOP operatives. They claim Walker and the others bypassed state election laws and illegally raised campaign money through 12 conservative groups- "extensive unlawful activity" is how prosecutors put it. On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Walker asked about the prosecutor's claim that he was part of a criminal scheme.
The unsealed records include an email in which Walker discusses his election fundraising strategy with GOP strategist Karl Rove. Prosecutors say Rove and other national Republican leaders discussed with Walker the possible illegal coordination of how to finance Walkers' recall election.
The investigation of Gov. Walker's fundraising began in 2012. Initially, authorities were looking into possible illegal coordination between an organization called the Wisconsin Club for Growth, Walker's campaign and other conservative groups. A federal judge has temporarily put that investigation on hold, but prosecutors are fighting to continue.