Nor does that amount cover the money that was paid to Walker's favorite law firm, Michael Best & Friedrich, home of Steve Biskupic, to ensure that Walker's campaign was in "compliance." Walker's tab for compliance issues has reached almost another $200,000 by itself.
And he's not done yet.
Out of that $160,000, he's already spent all but $4,500. I have no doubt that he has his campaign staff calling donors daily, begging them for permission to transfer their donations to his legal defense fund in advance of the sh*tstorm heading his way.
Of the legal
And as a bonus expenditure, Walker gave $1,300 to the Madison law firm of Lind Weininger. I'm sure it's just coincidental that his campaign treasurer is Attorney Kate Lind.
But now there is a new disclosure that has had many people buzzing:
Gov. Scott Walker used almost $10,000 of his controversial legal defense fund to pay a public relations bill, according to a quarterly report filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.What in the world could Walker get from spending $10,000 on a PR firm?
According to the report, the Scott Walker Trust paid $9,988 for "public relations" on May 15 to Chicago-based APCO Worldwide Inc.
"This doesn't seem to square with what the governor said he needed that money for," said Mike McCabe, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the election watchdog organization that first reported the filing. "He said over and over, he just needed to pay lawyers to help him with the investigation."
Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said the agency cannot comment on specific expenditures and referred to state law, which says political candidates or officials "investigated for, charged with or convicted of a criminal violation" can create a defense fund "for expenditures supporting or defending the candidate."
How to spin his involvement in Walkergate? Isn't that what his three lawyers and campaign staff for? Doesn't he already have the KNS (Koch News Syndicate) to get that message out to the public, regardless of how dishonest it might be?
Well, state law says that the fund can be used "for expenditures supporting or defending the candidate or agent."
Maybe they were hired to teach Walker how to properly do the perp walk.
And as a note to the many people who are growing impatient and want Walker to be indicted now or cleared, let me remind you that the investigation into Illinois' corrupt governor, Rod Blagojevich, took four years and fifteen people were charged before it was said and done.
Sad to say, Illinois had an advantage that Wisconsin lacks. They had a legislature that had the integrity and fortitude to impeach Blago. In stark contrast, our legislators, like Senator Scott Fitzgerald and former Representative Brett Davis, appear to be in cahoots with Walker's criminal behaviors.