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WI Gov. Scott Walker: No comment on new criminal investigation


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This month we posted two TPC Scott Walker items that are worthy of your attention:

Those are just the tip of the Walker ethics iceberg. Sorry, did I say ethics? I meant ethic-less.

That second story was from yesterday. It was reported that possible violations may have occurred during the Wisconsin recall elections awhile back, and that a secret probe in five Wisconsin counties is underway. A special prosecutor is looking into  possible campaign violations during the recall elections.

But this is a super duper ultra double secret probe, so for now, we have no further information.

Today Scotty Walker is refusing comment. Of course he is. Imagine that...Walker's being tight-lipped yet again on yet another probe into his sneaky little doings.

Via the LaCrosse Tribune:

Walker would not say Monday during a stop at Beechwood Sales and Service in New Berlin whether he, his attorneys or any staff members have been contacted in the probe. His spokesman referred questions to Walker’s campaign, which did not respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate said this in a written statement:

“The public has a right to know if their governor is a target of this criminal probe, if he’s provided testimony or if his actions spurred this probe.”

But true to form, Walker isn't talking.


Oops! Rafael "Ted" Cruz failed to disclose financial ties to Caribbean-based company



Raffy is all over the place these days, physically, politically, and psychologically... and now ethically. Time is reporting that he "potentially" broke some rulesies! Ruh roh!

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz potentially violated ethics rules by failing to publicly disclose his financial relationship with a Caribbean-based holding company during the 2012 campaign, a review of financial disclosure and company documents by TIME shows. The relationship originated with a $6,000 investment Cruz made more than a decade ago in a Jamaican private equity firm founded by his college roommate.

When Cruz later reported the financial relationship in 2013, he failed to comply with Senate rules requiring full identification of the holding company and its location, triggering an inquiry by Senate Select Committee on Ethics staff and a second amended disclosure. After additional inquiries by TIME this week, Cruz said he is now in the process making further corrections to his disclosure. [...]

Cruz says he severed his ties with the company when his wife went to work at the Treasury Department during the administration of George W. Bush.

Raffy called it an "oversight." Kind of like his tea tantrum government shutdown costing the United States $24 billion was an oversight.

Raffy World


WI Gov. Scott Walker used phantom jobs to hand out pay raises


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Why oh why is Scott Walker supported by anyone in Wisconsin (or anywhere else, for that matter)? Have they not learned a thing since this happened in 2011?

He is, inexplicably, an early favorite for re-election (but not a lock) despite his voter suppressing, privatizing, union busting ways.

And don't get me started on his lack of ethics, including a years-long John Doe probe.

Including Walker's campaign and county staff collaborating after a teenage boy was killed by a 13-ton concrete panel that fell on him.

Including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia warning Walker on giving misleading data on the WI economy.

Via JSOnline, we now see Scotty playing favorites/Checkers with jobs:

Madison Gov. Scott Walker's administration used phantom job transfers this year to give double-digit pay raises to two employees and a smaller raise to a third, quickly switching them from one post to as many as three others and then back to their original jobs.

The biggest pay increase — $14,416 a year — went to a longtime state economist who helped expose flaws in jobs statistics that were hurting the governor's recall election chances, a Journal Sentinel review has found.

Team Walker reversed the retroactive pay raise they gave to the head of the Capitol Police "after the newspaper reported that Chief Dave Erwin and his top deputy had been moved on paper to ghost jobs for two weeks and then back to their real posts at much higher salaries."

At last count, at least five state employees were given raises that skirted state limits. Five. And JSOnline is reporting that they were never expected to do any work at these shadow jobs.

He should never hold public office again. Wise up, Wisconsin (and potentially, all American voters).

More details at the link.

ethics schmethics


Paging Olivia Pope! Michele Bachmann hires "fixer" to "clean up mess"


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Michele Bachmann's been in hot water lately. For example:

It is now getting so jittery in Michele World that she has summoned her very own quasi-Olivia Pope, because her crises certainly need management.

Via Roll Call:

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has brought in a new treasurer for her congressional campaign and leadership political action committee in the wake of a federal grand jury probe, a potential House Ethics investigation and a possible inquiry from the Federal Election Commission.

Nancy Watkins, a well-known campaign finance treasurer in GOP circles, submitted paperwork a few weeks ago naming her the new treasurer of both campaign accounts for the Minnesota Republican. Watkins is still the treasurer for Bachmann’s failed 2011 presidential bid, and despite allegations of impropriety surrounding that campaign, Watkins’ stewardship of that account has not been questioned.

She is a fixer, in terms of coming in and cleaning-up the mess that other people left behind,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at Arent Fox.

Yes indeedy, Bachmann's in legal trouble. That sound you hear is Rep. Family Values' hypocrisy hitting the fan.

An Office of Congressional Ethics report released Wednesday said there was “substantial reason” to believe that Bachmann authorized or failed to prevent illegal contributions between her campaign committees, and that she improperly mixed promotion of her book, “Core of Conviction,” with her presidential campaign activities.

As Rachel Maddow says, "Watch this space."

bachmann bye bye