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DA closes John Doe probe; no charges against WI Gov. Scott Walker, others

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judged by the company you keep

This happened back in November 2012: Fourth former Scott Walker aide convicted in WI John Doe probe:

And remember Kelly Rindfleisch? She’s the former Walker aide who was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation on a felony count of misconduct in office. Walker was named as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official business, and Russell was allegedly responsible for the “unofficial networking system” out of Rindfleisch’s office. She’s out on appeal.

How do sleazeballs like Scott Walker always manage to slither out of these predicaments with nary a scratch or without charges being filed? I'm talkin' to you John Ensign, Mark Sanford, David Vitter, etc. ad nauseam.

Via WisPolitics:

Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm announced this morning he is closing a John Doe investigation without filing additional charges, ending the threat Gov. Scott Walker could be caught up in the long running probe. [...]

State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate responded that Walker's biggest accomplishment in his first two years in office was not related to the economy or education, but avoiding prosecution despite the conviction of two close aides.

Tate also requested that Scotty "release any and all information that was provided in John Doe, so the public can have full understanding." After all, Tate reminded us, Walker did promise transparency, so this would be a swell time to demonstrate a little of that.

Yeah, like that'll happen.

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Former WI Gov. Scott Walker aide sentenced to two years in prison

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judged by the company you keep

Tim Russell is a former Walker campaign worker and his former deputy chief of staff. Governor Scotty sure knows how to pick 'em. Then again, he's one of 'em.

Via WisPolitics:

Characterizing Tim Russell's crimes as misconduct in public office, Milwaukee Co. Judge David Hansher sentenced the former Scott Walker aide to two years in prison followed by five years extended supervision, more than prosecutors had requested.

He had pleaded guilty to "one felony count of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a veterans’ fund in exchange for prosecutors’ pledge to drop two other counts against him." He did that as part of a plea deal in the endless John Doe case.

Kelly Rindfleisch, another former Walker aide, was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation on a felony count of misconduct in office. Walker was named as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official business, and Russell was allegedly responsible for the “unofficial networking system” out of Rindfleisch’s office.

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Fourth former Scott Walker aide convicted in WI John Doe probe

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About that company you keep, Gov. Walker... Things getting a little too close for comfort? Feeling a little sweaty yet? Still thinking of a presidential run in 2016?

MILWAUKEETim Russell, an aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a veterans’ fund in exchange for prosecutors’ pledge to drop two other counts against him.

Russell is a former Walker campaign worker and his former deputy chief of staff.

He is one of four former aides and associates of the governor who have been convicted of crimes while working for Walker in Milwaukee County or on his 2010 campaign for governor. Two others also have been charged as a result of the probe, which has been going on for more than two years.

The governor on Monday said he is “absolutely” confident he is not a target of the investigation.

Russell faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

And remember Kelly Rindfleisch? She's the former Walker aide who was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation on a felony count of misconduct in office. Walker was named as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official business, and Russell was allegedly responsible for the “unofficial networking system” out of Rindfleisch's office. She's out on appeal.

Run, Walker, run.

H/t: @EileenLeft, Special Thanks to Karin Riley Porter

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Former Walker aide sentenced; WI Gov. Walker named as part of team that routinely commingled political, official business

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Kelly Rindfleisch is a former Scott Walker aide who was accused of working on campaign business on the job back in 2010; it was during her government stint as Walker’s deputy chief of staff when Scotty was Milwaukee County executive.

Via JSOnline:

Gov. Scott Walker and his top campaign and Milwaukee County aides were named Monday as part of a team that routinely commingled political and official county business.

The disclosures came during the sentencing of a former aide to Walker during his last year as Milwaukee County executive. Kelly M. Rindfleisch, 44, was sentenced by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher to six months in jail and three years of probation on a single felony count of misconduct in office. The judge stayed the sentence pending Rindfleisch's appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals or the state Supreme Court.

In a lengthy presentation during Rindfleisch's sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf displayed numerous emails between Rindfleisch and key members of Walker's campaign staff in which they discussed how to manage county government in 2010, while Walker was a candidate for governor. [...]

In a new development, the prosecutor made clear - without saying it was illegal - that top Walker campaign officials influenced, even directed, county strategy.

It's not yet clear whether Scotty Walker is under investigation or could be charged, and the investigation is still open.

Lots of details at the link.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Walker subpoenaed in former staffer's trial

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Kelly Rindfleisch is a former Scott Walker aide who has been accused of working on campaign business on the job back in 2010... her government job as Walker's deputy chief of staff when Scotty was Milwaukee County executive.

The emails from her were on behalf of the then-lieutenant governor candidate's campaign, aka the now-Walker state Medicaid director. I wrote about it here.

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A subpoena for Governor Scott Walker's testimony in an upcoming criminal trial of one of his former aides has been submitted to a Milwaukee County court. [...]

Authorities also say Rindfleisch used a secret email system, with records of emails unknown to county custodians of such records.

Stay tuned...

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Former WI Gov. Scott Walker aide tied to major No Call List violator

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Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker aide and campaign worker, Kelly Rindfleisch is in hot water. As deputy chief of staff for pre-Gov. Scott Walker (then-Milwaukee County executive), Rindfleisch did campaign work on the job, for which she is now facing misconduct charges:

Kelly Rindfleisch, a former Walker staffer, was charged with four felony counts of misconduct in public office. Another staffer was charged with two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee. And both have been accused of fundraising activities, which is a no-no when you do that while working at a taxpayer-funded job.

Associates of Scotty’s were accused of using personal laptop computers and an unofficial “secret e-mail system” to solicit money for Walker’s campaign and that of Brett Davis, who was running for lieutenant governor.

All this happened right under Walker’s anti-union nose.

That was from a previous TPC post back in March.

Rindfleisch is the owner of National Lending Solutions, and the business address for that company is identical to the address of First American Funding Company, which allegedly contacted more than a million consumers on the state's No Call List with mortgage solicitations.

First American Funding is owned by Michael Eisenga.

The plot sickens:

COLUMBUS (WKOW) --  A former aide and campaign worker for Governor Scott Walker ... registered a business with ties to the largest violator of the state's No Call List. [...]

Columbia County court records show tax warrants filed by the Department of Revenue against Eisenga list the address of the Republican Party of Columbia County.

The rest of the details are at the link.

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