That's when I had revealed the little bit that I had known about Rindfleisch's benefactors and how she was able to pay for her massive legal bills:
I have learned from a source familiar with Walkergate that Walker is offering assistance to Kelly Rindfleisch.Lo and behold, I once again proven correct.
She is reportedly working for one of Walker's vendors, a communications/consultancy firm, although I have not determined the exact name. I will let you know once I have it confirmed.
The word also is that Keith Gilkes, Walker's campaign manager, is helping her raise funds for her defense, which, like Russell's, must be reaching a considerable total by now.
Now that Rindfleisch is to be sentenced on Monday, both the prosecutors and the defense have filed their sentencing memorandums.
And my goodness, but they are quite the treasure trove!
As I had reported, Scott Walker was supporting her, as was the Rience Priebus run-WISGOP.
Despite Walker and WISGOP knowing that the home she was crashing in in West Allis was searched on November 1, 2010 - the day before the election - and that her house in Columbia County was raided on November 21 of the same year, Walker's campaign hired her right away:
And yet, Walker's campaign gave her a job "immediately after she left county service," Landgraf wrote of Rindfleisch, who is to be sentenced Monday.It should be noted that Media Systems Affiliates is an agency that specializes in the technological side of political campaigning - setting up websites and the such - hired Rindfleisch even though she has no technical skills or experience. Of course, the $420,000 that the Walker campaign paid them probably helped sway their hiring decision.
She was fired from her county job in late December 2010 by Lee Holloway, who was County Board chairman and interim executive.
R.J. Johnson, a Republican political consultant who worked on Walker's race for governor, also told prosecutors that Rindfleisch worked for Walker's campaign in 2011, according to an investigator's report filed in court. Johnson testified at a secret John Doe hearing Oct. 27, 2011, according to the report.
Rindfleisch also was paid more than $34,000 for work for the Republican Party through a vendor, Media Systems Affiliates, through August of this year, according to the document.
Tom Evenson, spokesman for the Walker campaign, said Rindfleisch was hired by the state Republican Party to work on various administrative duties after the 2010 election.
Evenson said she later gave notice that she would be taking a job with a campaign vendor, presumably Media Systems Affiliates.
Evenson, the spokesman for Walker's campaign, then lies through his teeth saying that Rindfleisch was hired before she was charged and that they knew nothing about any details of the investigation.
This is utter rubbish.
The DA's report states that several people "close to Walker's campaign" knew about the raid on the home in West Allis - which, by the way, is owned by another Walker crony and person of interest in the Walkergate investigation, Jim Villa - within hours.
The reports also reveal why Walker was laundering all this money into Rindfleisch's bank account:
Rindfleisch provided little useful information to prosecutors during sessions with prosecutors that might have led to lesser charges against her, Landgraf wrote in his sentencing memo to Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher.To put it as plainly as possible, Walker and Priebus were buying her silence.
"While that does not mean she was untruthful, it is my judgment that her loyalties rested, and continue to rest with those who have supported her since Nov. 1, 2010, the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Friends of Scott Walker," Landgraf wrote. The friends group is Walker's campaign committee.
Her misplaced loyalty and silence was so strong that ADA Bruce Landgraf determined that it wasn't even worthwhile to ask her questions about Brett Davis, for whom she was working during the times specified in the criminal complaint against her.
And the only reason they would have needed to buy her silence was because she knew things that would implicate them in the caucus scandal-type of operation they were running out of the Milwaukee County Courthouse during the gubernatorial campaign.
Now, I know that this is a lot to take in already, but as I keep telling the gentle reader, when it comes to all things Walker, there's more. There's always more.
The article also confirms another thing that I have been saying all along - that Brett Davis, who is now Walker's Director of Medicaid was Walker's first choice as lieutenant governor:
Rindfleisch was charged with four felony misconduct counts, but pleaded guilty to one of them last month as part of a plea deal. She admitted doing work on Brett Davis' campaign for lieutenant governor while at her county job. Davis was then a Republican legislator; he is now state Medicaid director.Oh, when will one of these reporters develop the journalistic fortitude to ask Rebecca Kleefisch how she feels knowing that Walker didn't want her to be his partner in the Capitol?!
Walker did not officially endorse any of the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor in 2010, but his campaign manager Keith Gilkes told a donor that Davis was "the candidate" for lieutenant governor, according to the criminal complaint in the Rindfleisch case.
And when will one of these reporters develop the journalistic fortitude to ask Walker why he had not only hired Davis to be a top official in his administration, but has kept him around even though he was breaking the law as much as Rindfleisch?
So, anyway, is the gentle reader's mind boggled yet?
Well, the above was just the facts. Now consider the implications.
First, how will this impact the case against Tim Russell?
going to trial on December 3rd, now knows that Walker was bankrolling Rindfleisch's legal defense fund while leaving Russell to hang out to dry to the point that Russell is now relying on a publicly funded attorney to represent him.
Will this ultimate betrayal from his very special friend be enough to change Russell's mind and get him to take a plea bargain to sell out Walker and others? Or is Russell's adoration and loyalty and love so strong that he will fall on his secret router for Walker? This smart decision is even clearer knowing that Russell could still be facing more charges down the road for things like illegal campaigning.
And even if Russell decides to fall on his secret router and stay as silent as Rindfleisch, will it really matter?
Remember that the DA has all of the computers, Blackberry phones and files that they took in that raid on November 1, 2010. And they have the scads of papers which was found in the Mystery Dumpster O'Fun.
I have stated several times that I have been told that the DA is waiting to resolve the first round of prosecutions before going on to the next phase. As it stands now, they have to do the sentencing for Kevin Kavanaugh, Darlene Wink and Rindfleisch. They also have to do the trials for Russell and Brian Pierick.
As I have mentioned, Rindfleisch gets sentenced Monday. Wink gets sentenced (maybe) on Wednesday. Kavanaugh's sentencing date is December 7. Russell's hearing is December 3 and Pierick's hearing isn't until next year.
So by year's end, most of these cases will be done or in the mop up stage. Also, it should be noted that Milwaukee County's fiscal year, including that of the DA's office, starts fresh on January 1st, giving the DA a whole new batch of money to deal with the next phase of Walkergate.
Given all the evidence the DA's office has gathered, the mention of asking about Brett Davis and the fact that with Walker - say it with me - there is always more, I have a good feeling that 2013 could be another interesting year. And another year that we will be learning that Walker, not to mention the Republicans as a whole, has a depth of corruption that we haven't even imagined.
And yes, I have no reason to doubt that this will end up with one obvious conclusion: