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Conservative Group Leader Calls Subpoena a 'Death Warrant'

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 06:55 PM

A leader of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth is crying foul over a subpoena to hand over his group's records related to alleged illegal campaign assistance.

Eric O'Keefe, one of the group's directors, said the subpoena has halted what the organization was designed to do: Raise money and pay for ads in favor of conservative candidates.

"This eight-page subpoena was not an investigatory document. This is a death warrant," O'Keefe said, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The controversy stems from whether or not the Wisconsin Club for Growth and other groups illegally aided the campaigns for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican candidates in the 2011 recall and 2012 gubernatorial elections. The probe, which began a year ago, came to a halt in January when a judge ruled the alleged contributions would not have been illegal. It was reinstated last month by a federal appeals court.

O'Keefe took up the case in federal court with a lawsuit against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and others, but the lawsuit was dismissed at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last month. O'Keefe said he will ask to have his case reconsidered.

The homes of nine people connected to the state's case against the conservative groups were raided by law enforcement in 2011 and 2013. O'Keefe said the raids, which occurred in the early-morning hours, were like "rape."

"I have read some about rape and talked to people about rape, and I am saying this very deliberately," O'Keefe said. "The reactions that I got from the people I interviewed were similar to a rape victim."

Walker distanced himself from O'Keefe after the comments were made last week.

"Eric O'Keefe, who has no ties to the campaign, deserves nothing less than outright condemnation for his egregiously offensive remarks," Walker's campaign spokeswoman, Alleigh Marre, said.

Walker is locked in a tight battle for re-election with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.

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A leader of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth is crying foul over a subpoena to hand over his group's records related to alleged illegal campaign assistance. Eric O'Keefe, one of the group's directors, said the subpoena has halted what the organization was designed...
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