It took Walker all month to do that. The length of time was because he had to find enough campaign donors that would agree to allow their donation to be transferred to the legal defense fund to pay off another quarter of a million dollars, per an article by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Records show his defense fund dispensed $432,754 to the Chicago and Milwaukee firms for which his two criminal defense lawyers worked. A boutique Madison law firm and APCO Worldwide, a Chicago-based PR firm, received another $15,000 from Walker’s defense account.Bice concludes that Walker spent $650,000 on his legal defense fund. That's not completely accurate.
In addition, Walker’s campaign paid about $200,000 directly to Michael Best & Friedrich for so-called “compliance issues” related to the investigation. The campaign retained former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic, a former Michael Best lawyer who has since left the firm, when prosecutors subpoenaed campaign records the day before the 2010 general election.
Records say the defense fund on Friday paid $247,554 to Sidley Austin, a large Chicago law firm for which defense attorney John Gallo is a partner. Gallo’s firm had previously been paid $130,000.
On Friday, the Madison law firm of Lind Weininger also received a payment of $3,560 from Walker's fund, bringing its total take to $4,860. Kate Lind, who works at the firm, was the custodian of records for the defense fund.
The governor was also represented by Milwaukee defense lawyer Michael Steinle, whose firm had previously received $54,200 from the governor’s fund.
We know that even before Walker started his legal defense fund, he had already spent a considerable amount of money out of his own pocket:
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:So now we're up to the area of $700,000 to $750,000.
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.
But as the gentle reader already knows, when it comes to all things Walker, there's more. There's always more.
This time the more is the fact that Walker and WISGOP had hired Kelly Rindfleisch even though they knew she was facing charges for her part in Walker's caucus-style illegal campaigning. There is no way of knowing exactly how much they paid Rindfleisch, but it had to be enough for her to pay her legal bills and to live off of.
And who know who else they have financially supported during the investigation. We do know that Walker gave Cindy Archer a very cushy job with no real responsibilities abut a greatly bolstered salary. Was there further considerations given? And what of Tom Nardelli, who had to sell his home?
And there is still even more.
the slimemongers at Media Trackkkers did on Chisholm and his staff, the rally they held to teach the sheeples how to interfere with the investigation, and the countless hours that the squawkers like Charlie Sykes and Mark Belling spent polluting the airwaves with their propaganda and smears.
There are also the incidental costs, such as all the flights that Walker took, crisscrossing the country to hit up the millionaires and billionaires for the money that eventually made it to his legal defense fund. Another cost would be all the work hours put in contacting the donors and getting them to sign off on allowing their campaign contributions be used to keep him out of prison.
When you add all these costs up, it would not be surprising if the total came to be over one million dollars. That is one helluva lot of money for an "innocent" man to spend.
Then again, we know he's not innocent:
In other words, to say that Walker is innocent, much less vindicated of his role in Walkergate, is like saying he is a job creator.And as we have well established, with all things Walkergate, there is more. There is always more. And still even more.But as usual, Walker gives himself away in his response to the closure of Walkergate and the fact that he is now to talk about his supposed innocence and release the documents, including the emails that would indeed vindicated him if he was innocent:The governor disagreed, saying Chisholm didn't need to release more records from the investigation."No, he looked into what we asked him to look through, he took action, he saw that actions were taken and the investigation completed, and now it's time to move forward," Walker said.Not exactly what you would expect to hear from a person who is innocent. Why would Walker be so vehemently resistant to the release of the records if he has nothing to hide?
Most significant of all is the fact that Walker has never produced a letter from the DA stating that he was not the target of the Walkergate investigation, nor was he granted immunity.
And as if we needed even further proof, Bice provides it at the end of his report:
It is not unusual for politicians to release negative or unflattering news on Fridays or holidays to avoid as much attention as possible.
Asked if Walker was releasing the defense-fund information on Good Friday for that reason, Tieman said, “I have no comment.”
If Walker thinks that he has the slightest chance that he is going to be president, he'd better start coming up with better answers than that.
And he better hope like hell those emails and other documents never get released to the public.