A secretive FBI probe in Wisconsin has raised questions about whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker could become a target, reports Politico.com
The reason for the investigation remains cloaked a year after it was launched.
FBI agents raided the home of Walker aide Cynthia Archer two weeks ago. Top Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie and Milwaukee Republican activist Rose Ann Dieck have been granted immunity in exchange for supplying any future testimony, Neal Nettesheim, the former Wisconsin appeals court judge leading the probe, confirmed to Politco.
Politico suggests that the so-called “John Doe” investigation could have something to do with a 2010 story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about former Walker constituent liaison Darlene Wick. Authorities seized her computer last year after she was found to have posted 70 comments in support of her boss, under a pseudonym, on the newspaper’s online blog. The probe began soon after that article appeared.
John Doe has netted one conviction so far: Railroad executive William Gardner was given two years’ probation for exceeding donation limits to Wisconsin politicians, including Walker.
The investigation could have to do with “potentially illegal campaign practices during Walker’s 2010 gubernatorial race,” wrote Mary Bottari, director of the Center for Media.
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