What Walker didn't tell us is that he had hired these lawyers sometime last year.
We learned that today when Dan Bice broke the story that Walker has racked up somewhere between $55,000 and $99,999 in legal bills:
But the first-term Republican governor must have retained the pair long before he made it public.
As of Dec. 31, Walker owed more than $50,000 to Sidley Austin, a large Chicago-based firm that employs Gallo. Walker also disclosed that he owed between $5,000 and $50,000 to Terschan, Steinle & Ness, the Milwaukee firm where Steinle is a partner.
The state requires public officials and political candidates to disclose in the annual statement any creditor to which they owe more than $5,000. Wisconsin officials and candidates then must say whether the debt is greater than or up to $50,000.Now, we don't know how much the attorneys are charging Walker, but for attorneys of their caliber, it would not be surprising if it is at least $400 to $500 per hour, maybe even more. That would mean that they put in over 100 hours of work on the case before the end of 2011. The amount of hours is probably even higher, since a lot of the menial work would be assigned to junior members of the law firm for a lower rate.
But no matter how you cut it, that is sure a helluva lot of cooperating even before the first major arrests were made.
But that isn't all. Remember, when it comes to Walker, there's more. There's always more.
Long ago, Walker's campaign hired former US Attorney Steven Biskupic, who is employed by Walker's new favorite law firm - Michael Best & Friedich. (How that isn't a conflict of interest, I don't know.) Biskupic was to make sure the campaign was in compliance with election rules, which mostly means ensuring all the i's are dotted and all the t's are crossed. At that time, the amount paid to the law firm was an amazing $60,000.
Bice reports that the amount spent by the campaign nearly doubled, like the amount of law firms:
In addition, Walker's campaign fund has paid two law firms - Michael Best & Friedrich of Milwaukee and Patton Boggs of Washington, D.C. - slightly more than $115,000. Walker said the campaign retained former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic of Michael Best after prosecutors subpoenaed campaign email in November 2010.That's a whole helluva lot of complying!
I am sure that what we know of the Walkergate investigations is just the tip of the iceberg. There is surely much more that hasn't been released yet.
But when you look at the things we do know already - Milwaukee County files and computers missing; raids on the homes of Walker's top aids; illegal campaigning by his top staff; that email from Walker to Russell that no one seems willing to talk about; the mystery dumpster'o'fun; and now already very high legal bills topping in the neighborhood of $200,000 - well, that all points to one thing, at least if one is honest with themselves:
Scott Walker is in a world of hurt.
The only questions are when is it going to happen and whether the voters of Wisconsin will be made sufficiently aware of all the shenanigans that Walker and his crew had been up to before the same mistake is repeated.