Daniel Bice at JSOnline is reporting about possible violations that may have occurred during the Wisconsin recall elections a few years ago. A secret probe has spread to five Wisconsin counties:
A former top-level assistant U.S. attorney has been appointed a special prosecutor in a burgeoning, secret investigation into a wide variety of state issues, including possible campaign violations during the recent recall elections, multiple sources said.
Police and prosecutors are involved, and Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf's office started the ball rolling, but he wouldn't answer any questions.
Another source said one reason that these other counties have been roped into the investigation is a new state law that allows elected officials to be tried in their home counties for violations of ethics, lobbying and campaign laws.
According to sources, this investigation is following up on a number of leads that the old John Doe probe turned up. Remember that one? Former and current aides of Gov. Scott Walker were being investigated when he was Milwaukee County executive:
Six individuals — including three former Walker aides, an appointee and a major campaign contributor — were convicted of criminal charges as a result of the probe.
This new investigation goes all the way back to the 2010 election.
Sources familiar with the probe told the Journal Sentinel that it was scrutinizing a wide variety of state-related issues, including the recall races. Sources suggested the probe is looking at a current legislative leader and the governor's contest.