FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014
Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on False Accusations Made by Office of Democrat District Attorney
Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today regarding false accusations made by the office of a Democrat district attorney:
The accusation of any wrongdoing written in the complaint by the office of a partisan Democrat District Attorney by me or by my campaign is categorically false. In fact two judges, in both state and federal courts, have ruled that no laws were broken.
This is nothing more than a partisan investigation with no basis in state law. It’s time for the prosecutors to acknowledge both judge’s orders to end this investigation.
Now my Democratic opponents will use these false accusations to distract from the issues important to the voters of Wisconsin.
Retired Wisconsin State Appellate Judge Gregory A. Peterson’s order states three times that no violation of the law was committed:
“I conclude the subpoenas do not show probable cause that the moving parties committed any violations of the campaign finance laws.”
“Therefore, the subpoenas fail to show probable cause that a crime was committed.”
“Therefore, the subpoena issued to FOSW fails to show probable cause.”
Federal Court Judge Rudolph Randa stated in his federal order to shut down the investigation and that no violations occurred:
“While the defendants deny that their investigation is motivated by animus towards the plaintiffs’ conservative viewpoints, it is still unlawful to target the plaintiffs for engaging in vigorous advocacy that is beyond the state’s regulatory reach.”
“Therefore, for all of the foregoing reasons, the plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their claim that the defendants’ investigation violates their rights under the First Amendment, such that the investigation was commenced and conducted ―without a reasonable expectation of obtaining a valid conviction.”
“The Defendants must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, and permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation. Plaintiffs and others are hereby relieved of any and every duty under Wisconsin law to cooperate further with Defendants’ investigation. Any attempt to obtain compliance by any Defendant or John Doe Judge Gregory Peterson is grounds for a contempt finding by this Court.”