Prosecutor: Walker aides caught doing campaign work on taxpayers’ dime

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 15:19 EDT
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Gov Scott Walker on the spot
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A prosecutor in Wisconsin said Monday that Gov. Scott Walker (R) and top aides participated in a scheme to run campaign operations from government-owned offices, according to a report by The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Monday’s hearing resulted in former Walker deputy chief of staff Kelly M. Rindfleisch being sentenced to six months in prison and three years of probation for knowingly attending to campaign duties while working on county time during the last year of Walker’s term as executive of Milwaukee County.

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf reportedly claimed that Rindfleisch was just one member of what Walker had designated as a campaign group within his inner-circles. The group was said to include top county officials, along with Walker himself.

Landgraf added that the campaign group was so involved in county business that they were vetting public news releases and coordinating conference calls to make sure the county office was “in sync” with the campaign.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, the prosecutor did not say whether Walker is being targeted. Walker’s former top aide, chief of staff Timothy Russell, faces trial for embezzlement next month.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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