I went on to point out that all of the first wave of Walkergate cases had been resolved - except for Brian Pierick's, who has since taken a plea deal - and questioned exactly what Walker was supposed to be cooperating with.
Instead, Tieman repeated the governor's statement that he had clearly told county employees they were barred from using "county time or resources for political activity of any kind." She said Walker continued to "fully cooperate" with the investigation.
I also pointed out that there were still many aspects of Walkergate that has yet to be addressed, including the Dane County version of Walkergate. And, of course, I had to point out again that with all things Walkergate, there is more. There is always more. And there is still even more.
Well, lo and behold, as if to confirm what I was saying all along, Walker transferred another $40,000 from his campaign to his legal defense fund, as reported by WisPolitics.com:
Gov. Scott Walker transferred $40,000 from his campaign account to his legal defense fund on the last day of 2012, according to his latest finance report.Well, they are technically correct, but they are also way off on their numbers.
Walker had previously transferred $160,000 from his campaign account to the defense fund, meaning he has now put at least $200,000 into the Scott Walker Trust.
Walker has indeed transferred $200,000 from his campaign to his legal
But before he created his legal
But the first-term Republican governor must have retained the pair long before he made it public.
So now he's up to $300,000. But wait, there's more!
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.
As of last July, his campaign had also paid out another $200,000 to the law firm of Michael Best and Friedrich for the services of former US Attorney Steven Biskupic. Biskupic's job was allegedly to make sure that the "i"s were dotted and the "t"s were crossed. It turns out later that Walker admitted it was for more cooperating. And I have no doubt that number has gone up considerably since July.
But even using the old numbers, Walker's is up to half a million dollars spent on legal
I would be remiss if I didn't also point out that he dropped another $10,000 on a public relations firm:
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.Note that like one of his high-priced attorneys, the PR firm came out of Illinois. Apparently all the PR firms in Wisconsin were either already involved in Walkergate or wouldn't touch Walker's toxicity for any amount of money.
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."
Tieman gave a comment for the story in which she is obviously trying to make up for her gaffe last week:
The transfer to the Scott Walker Trust raises new questions about the status of the long-running John Doe investigation in Milwaukee that has ensnared former aides from the guv’s days as county exec.Those are some pretty bold - and pretty false - statements to make.
"The transfer covers work done to cooperate with authorities over the past year," said Walker spokeswoman Nicole Tieman.
Walker has steadfastly insisted he is not a target of the probe. But he announced in March the creation of the legal defense fund to pay two criminal defense attorneys help him review documents and assist in cooperating with the secret probe.
"While Governor Walker is not the subject of investigation, he continues to fully cooperate with authorities as the process comes to conclusion," Tieman said.
As I have explained before, there is no reason to believe that Walker is not the subject of the Walkergate investigation:
Then there is the claim that Walker is making in denying that he is a subject of the Walkergate investigations.the potential candidates for the next wave.
State law clearly states that the DA is under no obligation to tell a person if they are the target. However, if the person is not a target of the investigation, the DA may publicly state that the person is not the target, like Chisholm did with Andrew Jensen and Michael Maistelman.
Obviously, Walkergate was a factor during the recall. If Walker really wasn't a subject of the investigation, Chisholm would have given him a letter clearing him so that it wouldn't interfere with the election. Yet Walker has produced no such letter.
Another way for a person to know they are not the target is if they are granted immunity, but that is a matter that happens in a public hearing. No such hearing happened and thus we know he wasn't granted immunity.
If nothing else, just the simple fact that Walker even has a legal
But as I noted several times before, despite all of Walker's protestations of not being the subject of the investigation, neither Walker nor any of his apologists, have ever claimed he is innocent.