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Prosecutors say Wisconsin Gov. Walker at center of 'criminal scheme' over campaign fundraising

June 19th, 2014 2:09 pm by Associated Press

Prosecutors say Wisconsin Gov. Walker at center of 'criminal scheme' over campaign fundraising

In this March 17, 2011 file photo Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds a bumper sticker with his signature campaign promise for the state as he announces a new manufacturer will move to Pleasant Prairie, near Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertz

MADISON, Wis. — Newly released documents show prosecutors are alleging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups.

The documents were filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit challenging the probe by the conservative group Wisconsin Club for Growth. They were ordered publicly released Thursday by a federal appeals court judge after prosecutors and the Wisconsin Club for Growth did not object.

One of the filings from prosecutors outlines previously unknown details about the investigation that began in 2012 as Walker was facing a recall election.

Prosecutors say Walker, his chief of staff and others who worked for him were discussing illegal coordination with a number of national groups and prominent figures, including GOP strategist Karl Rove.

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