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Will Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Be Indicted ?

Che Guevara - Hero 2012/06/06 14:00:09
Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
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Will Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Be Indicted ?

This morning, a criminal complaint filed in circuit court alleges that William Gardner, the president and CEO of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., skirted campaign donation laws by soliciting employees to give to Scott Walker’s campaign and then reimbursing them, in what amounts to two felony counts. It has also come out that Walker’s campaign then reimbursed Gardner and seven additional railroad employees to the tune of $43,800, which indicates a criminal probe is imminent of Walker’s campaign.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

It’s illegal to direct company funds to political campaigns in the state. But William Gardner, the president and CEO of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., told the state last May that he gave company money to reimburse employees for making political donations to Gov. Scott Walker and other political candidates.

Gardner was charged Monday morning with two felony counts of violating campaign finance laws, including charges of excessive political contributions and unlawful political contributions…

Last May, Walker’s campaign reimbursed Gardner and seven additional railroad employees $43,800, spokeswoman Jill Bader said at the time.

Wisconsin state law states that , “No person may, directly or indirectly, make any contribution other than from funds or property belonging to the contributor. No person may, directly or indirectly, furnish funds or property to another person for the purpose of making a contribution in other than the person’s own name. No person may intentionally accept or receive any contribution made in violation of this subsection.” Furthermore, the law elaborates, “The unit of prosecution under sub. (1) is every transfer of funds to another person accompanied by the false listing of any single contributor. An individual illegally furnishing funds from a corporate account may be convicted under sub.”

The state might be trying to get William Gardner to testify against Walker with the two felony counts. If this is legitimate, the people of Wisconsin have more than enough reason to oust Walker. If it’s unclear how serious this is, think Tom DeLay.

A pattern of systemic corruption within the Wisconsin Republican Party is being established by recent events. What we have here is a pattern of reckless disregard for the law, which I deeply suspect will eventually rear its head in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race as well, though we don’t know exactly how yet. But the Walker administration and the Republicans in the state Senate and House have established a pattern of violating the law, now topped off by allegations against a donor of violations of campaign laws.

At 2PM Wisconsin time, the state Government Accountability Board and Milwaukee County district attorney’s office will have a press conference to discuss the news of their investigation. A criminal probe is heading Walker’s way or has already hit.

If the GAB and DA can prove their allegations and the probe extends to Walker’s campaign itself, it suggests that Walker and his gang are not only corrupt, but inept criminals who have brazenly broken the law at every turn in an executive power grab that will go down in history as an example of what not to do.


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  • trentinafur 2012/06/06 16:53:41
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    trentinafur
    +14
    Corruption seems to "follow" this guy from job to job.

    Or probably more accurately: Walker brings corruption with him wherever he goes.

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  • #Justic... katywon 2012/06/08 23:44:08
  • aherbert 2012/06/06 20:39:28
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    aherbert
    +10
    jail scott walker


    Yes he will get indicted ... he can't buy the justice system like he did the vote ... in do time he too shall .... go to jail!
  • just me 2012/06/06 20:11:48
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    just me
    +2
    I doubt it. Corruption seems to be woven into our current political machine.
  • 2468 2012/06/06 19:46:20
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    2468
    +5
    I am no fan of Walker but unless I missed something the bad actions were out of his purview and control.

    Walker also has some big friends in the Billionaires Boys Club.
  • Informed Voter 2012/06/06 19:23:23
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    Informed Voter
    +6
    Give it up!!! He won! Get over it!
  • Steve J... Informe... 2012/06/08 02:25:57
    Steve Johnson
    They can't
  • sjalan 2012/06/06 19:19:37
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    sjalan
    +5
    It is the same exact type of Political BS that is going to get a whole lot of Republicans thrown out of office and into jail.
  • Herb sjalan 2012/06/07 02:29:25
    Herb
    +1
    dont forget dems like blago in prison lol.
  • sjalan Herb 2012/06/07 03:44:23
    sjalan
    +2
    @Herb I did mention several Democrats who have been caught with their hands out for bribes in other threads. I don't care which party they are in. If they are corrupt then they should go to jail. Especially when they KNOW it is wrong. For instance, Brochivonovich from Illinois. He deserved to go to jail.

    When Walker is proven guilty then he will go to jail too. The wheels of justice may grind ever so slowly but ever so finely.
  • Herb sjalan 2012/06/07 03:53:47
    Herb
    he will get slapped on the wrist most first times do. plus a sitting govenor he will get of with the right attorney an judge. he will pay fines and restitution will be no jail time look at barney franks and charley wrangle got off with a slap on the wrist same here.
  • sjalan Herb 2012/06/07 12:12:48
    sjalan
    +1
    Nope, he will be made an example of just as was Brockenvich of Illinois.
  • #Justic... sjalan 2012/06/08 23:50:24
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +1
    It's Blagojevich my friend.

    Blagojevich
  • sjalan #Justic... 2012/06/08 23:52:26
    sjalan
    +2
    Yep sure did mess that name up. Spelling was never one of my strong points.
  • #Justic... sjalan 2012/06/09 06:03:51
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +1
    Don't feel bad my friend. I had to double-check also & spelling was my best subject in school. Still am an excellent speller LOL. Polish & Eastern European names are more difficult.
  • sjalan #Justic... 2012/06/09 18:23:32
    sjalan
    +2
    You would find my Lithuanian strange and hard to spell or even pronounce. Fourth generation from Lithuania via Germany, France and England.
  • katywon #Justic... 2012/06/09 17:05:37
    katywon
    +3
    Can't say he didn't put up a good fight. Why do so many politicians get so stupid after they get elected? Do the have a feeling of power that makes them feel invincible? Over and Over again we see the same mistakes.
  • #Justic... katywon 2012/06/09 20:25:38
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    I guess it ain't exclusive to just DC politicians anymore Katywon. Whatever was said in them secret GOP meetings got a number of them drunk with power.
  • Che Gue... Herb 2012/06/07 21:12:06
    Che Guevara - Hero
    +2
    Democrats ? Really ? lol

    Lewis Libby (R) Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (R), 'Scooter' was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Plame Affair on March 6, 2007. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. The sentence was commuted by George W. Bush (R) on July 1, 2007. The felony remains on Libby's record though the jail time and fine were commuted.

    Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal involves the efforts of Abramoff to influence Congressional action concerning U.S. immigration and minimum wage laws. See Legislative branch convictions. Within the Bush administration were:

    David Safavian (R) GSA (General Services Administration) Chief of Staff,[4] found guilty of blocking justice and lying, [5] and sentenced to 18 months

    Roger Stillwell (R) Staff in the Department of the Interior under George W. Bush. Pleaded guilty and received two years suspended sentence.

    Susan B. Ralston (R) Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to Karl Rove, resigned October 6, 2006 after it became known that she accepted gifts and passed information to her former boss Jack Abramoff.

    J. Steven Griles (R) former Deputy to the Secretary of the Interior pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 10 months.

    Italia Federici (R) staff to the Secre...













    Democrats ? Really ? lol

    Lewis Libby (R) Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney (R), 'Scooter' was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Plame Affair on March 6, 2007. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. The sentence was commuted by George W. Bush (R) on July 1, 2007. The felony remains on Libby's record though the jail time and fine were commuted.

    Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal involves the efforts of Abramoff to influence Congressional action concerning U.S. immigration and minimum wage laws. See Legislative branch convictions. Within the Bush administration were:

    David Safavian (R) GSA (General Services Administration) Chief of Staff,[4] found guilty of blocking justice and lying, [5] and sentenced to 18 months

    Roger Stillwell (R) Staff in the Department of the Interior under George W. Bush. Pleaded guilty and received two years suspended sentence.

    Susan B. Ralston (R) Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to Karl Rove, resigned October 6, 2006 after it became known that she accepted gifts and passed information to her former boss Jack Abramoff.

    J. Steven Griles (R) former Deputy to the Secretary of the Interior pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 10 months.

    Italia Federici (R) staff to the Secretary of Interior, and President of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, pled guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of justice. She was sentenced to four years probation.

    Jared Carpenter (R) Vice-President of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, was discovered during the Abramoff investigation and pled guilty to income tax evasion. He got 45 days, plus 4 years probation.

    Mark Zachares (R) staff in the Department of Labor, bribed by Abramoff, guilty of conspiracy to defraud.

    Robert E. Coughlin (R) Deputy Chief of Staff, Criminal Division of the Justice Department pleaded guilty to conflict of interest after accepting bribes from Jack Abramoff. (2008)

    Lester Crawford (R) Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, resigned after 2 months. Pled guilty to conflict of interest and received 3 years suspended sentence and fined $90,000. (2006)

    Claude Allen (R) Advisor to President Bush on Domestic Policy, Allen was arrested for a series of felony thefts in retail stores such as Target. (2006) He was convicted on one count and resigned soon after.

    Bernard Kerik (R) his nomination in 2004 as Secretary of Homeland Security was derailed by past employment of an illegal alien as a nanny and other improprieties. On Nov 4, 2009 he pled quilty to two counts of tax fraud and five counts of lying to the federal government and was sentenced to fours years in prison. (2009)

    Brian J. Doyle (R) Deputy Press Secretary in the United States Department of Homeland Security. Indicted for seducing a 14-year-old girl on the internet who was actually a sheriff's deputy. On November 17, 2006, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 10 years of probation, and was registered as a sex offender.
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  • Herb Che Gue... 2012/06/07 21:42:07
  • Steve J... Herb 2012/06/08 01:13:07
    Steve Johnson
    I thought that electing Democrats would end the culture of corruption - Nancy Pelosi said so herself!

    "Despite the media firestorm over her military travel abuses ignited by a Judicial Watch investigation, Nancy Pelosi continued to use the United States Air Force as her own personal travel agency right up until her final days as House Speaker according to documents Judicial Watch uncovered from the Air Force in 2011.

    Pelosi used Air Force aircraft for 43 flights from January 1 to October 1, 2010. By comparison, Nancy Pelosi logged 47 flights in the previous nine-month period, April 1, 2009, to January 1, 2010, according to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch. In other words, she did not back off at all from her pattern of abuse.

    In fact, these documents show Pelosi not only receiving special treatment on military flights (chocolate covered strawberries for her birthday, for example), but also ferrying her family back and forth on military aircraft, including her husband, daughter, granddaughters and son-in-law. (The following is a link to records detailing one such flight with her daughter Christina.)

    Pelosi was also caught up in the insider trading scandal that exploded into the news in November 2011 courtesy of author Peter Schweizer and his book, Throw Them All Out.

    ...



    I thought that electing Democrats would end the culture of corruption - Nancy Pelosi said so herself!

    "Despite the media firestorm over her military travel abuses ignited by a Judicial Watch investigation, Nancy Pelosi continued to use the United States Air Force as her own personal travel agency right up until her final days as House Speaker according to documents Judicial Watch uncovered from the Air Force in 2011.

    Pelosi used Air Force aircraft for 43 flights from January 1 to October 1, 2010. By comparison, Nancy Pelosi logged 47 flights in the previous nine-month period, April 1, 2009, to January 1, 2010, according to previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch. In other words, she did not back off at all from her pattern of abuse.

    In fact, these documents show Pelosi not only receiving special treatment on military flights (chocolate covered strawberries for her birthday, for example), but also ferrying her family back and forth on military aircraft, including her husband, daughter, granddaughters and son-in-law. (The following is a link to records detailing one such flight with her daughter Christina.)

    Pelosi was also caught up in the insider trading scandal that exploded into the news in November 2011 courtesy of author Peter Schweizer and his book, Throw Them All Out.

    As detailed by Bloomberg, “Pelosi and her husband, Paul, with a net worth estimated at $40 million, bought shares in the initial public offering of credit-card company Visa Inc. in 2008, when Pelosi was speaker of the House… They bought the shares just before legislation died that would have limited the fees credit-card issuers could charge retailers. The shares more than doubled in the next two months.”

    Pelosi has also invited San Francisco investment banker William Hambrecht to serve as an expert at economic forums on Capitol Hill on multiple occasions, even speaking to reporters by his side at the U.S. Capitol, without disclosing the fact that Hambrecht is her son’s boss and her husband Paul’s business partner. One of the business deals struck by Paul Pelosi and Hambrecht yielded more than $100,000 in income for the Pelosi family in 2010.

    While serving as Speaker of the House, Pelosi repeatedly overlooked corruption by her fellow partisans. The evidence suggests this “ethics blind spot” extends too frequently to her own activities. Pelosi’s penchant for abusing the perks of her office is reprehensible."
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  • katywon Herb 2012/06/09 21:44:47
    katywon
    There are losers in every party. Once they get some power they turn into Austin Powers
  • katywon Che Gue... 2012/06/09 21:42:56
    katywon
    And he should have been convicted
  • Huntclan 2012/06/06 19:15:39
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    Huntclan
    +2
    I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg of malfeasance that occurred on both sides of the aisle.
  • Steve Johnson 2012/06/06 17:59:13
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    Steve Johnson
    +4
    I'm loving the lib implosion
  • Che Gue... Steve J... 2012/06/07 21:13:30
    Che Guevara - Hero
    +1
    The "LIbs" are in charge of the Senate. Governor Douche Bag can't do anything now. lol
  • Steve J... Che Gue... 2012/06/08 00:42:13
    Steve Johnson
    The libs are in charge of a State Senate that is out of session for the year 2012. The Senate will meet again in 2013 - after a new round of elections, using a reapportionment map that was designed by - gasp! - the GOP.

    ROTFLMAO! Talk about a booby prize!
  • sbtbill 2012/06/06 17:45:52
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    sbtbill
    +1
    I think he should be but will not be for political reasons.
  • Tony 2012/06/06 17:41:16
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    Tony
    +6
    seriously? y'all are grasping at straws up there. And I thought folks was weird down here!
  • Rebel Yell 2012/06/06 17:39:27
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    Rebel Yell
    +7
    Strike 1> Six people have been charged, with accusations ranging from campaigning for Walker on government time to embezzlement.

    Strike 2> 13 other Walker associates have been given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony in the case.

    Strike 3> Governor Walker acknowledged he transferred $160,000 from his campaign accounts to a legal defense fund.

    Walker's own campaign spokesman turned states evidence witness against the Koch suckers favorite boy-toy.
  • trentinafur 2012/06/06 16:53:41
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    trentinafur
    +14
    Corruption seems to "follow" this guy from job to job.

    Or probably more accurately: Walker brings corruption with him wherever he goes.
  • Wilde~MoonChild ™ 2012/06/06 16:42:20
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    Wilde~MoonChild ™
    +9
    Should he be indicated? Yes!!!
    Will he be indicted?? I doubt it... money pays for everything including freedom!
  • Butch Wilde~M... 2012/06/06 16:53:52
    Butch
    +1
    His helpers will fold and that is a slippery slope!
  • Butch 2012/06/06 16:34:05
    Yes, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker WILL Be Indicted.
    Butch
    +3
    He has started his defence team working on the lies now!
  • beavith1 2012/06/06 16:12:06
    No, Wisconsin Governor Scott WILL NOT Be Indicted.
    beavith1
    +8
    the rage against Walker, for surviving, is palpable.
  • Butch beavith1 2012/06/06 16:38:15
    Butch
    +5
    Your hooping that this battle is over is...... well premature at best.
  • beavith1 Butch 2012/06/06 16:53:54 (edited)
    beavith1
    +6
    i'd say it is... the next time you'll get a shot at him will be the next WI general election.

    in that time, the residents of WI will be able to see what financial responsibility looks like.

    he'll be in that seat for as long as he wants to be.
  • sbtbill beavith1 2012/06/06 17:47:49
    sbtbill
    +3
    What everyone is missing is that the Democrats took back the Wisconsin state Senate in this election.
  • beavith1 sbtbill 2012/06/06 17:52:47
    beavith1
    +3
    unless WI is different than most legislatures, the 'majority' is not 'control.'

    even so, there aren't enough opposition to revoke the negotiation limitation.
  • sbtbill beavith1 2012/06/06 18:06:49 (edited)
    sbtbill
    +3
    In Wisconsin majority is control. True can't undo the problem legislation, but can stop any more.

    Even in the US Senate a majority means nothing passes the majority oppose. Problem with the US Senate is nothing passes that 40 Senators oppose. That implies Washington Grid lock will last for the foreseeable future.

    I see Wisconsin as a Pyrrhic victory for the Republics. Way to expensive. Based on a campaign against recalls rather then message. A keep the incumbents in win. Finally, instead of controlling Wisconsin government they now share control. Exit polls favored Obama.
  • beavith1 sbtbill 2012/06/06 19:37:42
    beavith1
    +2
    i didn't know if any more was coming down the pike.

    the Senate now settles into a new equilibrium.

    things could pass in the US Senate, but for some reason, Harry won't play hardball. i suspect that if he were to play hardball, he'd have many senators voting for things that they would be punished for by their constituencies.

    Pyrrhic? are you kidding? it was a warning shot across Obama and the democrat's bow. this wasn't about keeping incumbents in. it was about whiny democrats that ran a recall because they got beaten in the general AND their pet public union was castrated.

    the people of WI are better off because of Walker. for the next two years, they'll reap the benefit of a better financial climate in that state.

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