Monday, October 21, 2013

The Return Of Walkergate

Welcome back, John Doe! (emphasis mine):
A former top-level assistant U.S. attorney has been appointed a special prosecutor in a burgeoning, secret investigation into a wide variety of state issues, including possible campaign violations during the recent recall elections, multiple sources said.

Francis Schmitz — who spent nearly 30 years as a federal prosecutor and was once a finalist for U.S. attorney in Milwaukee — is leading the widespread John Doe probe, according to sources.

Overseeing the case is Kenosha County Circuit Judge Barbara A. Kluka, who has been used by Milwaukee County judicial officials in past John Doe cases.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, whose office initiated the probe, declined to answer questions about the John Doe on Friday. Insiders said the investigation covers several jurisdictions, including Dane County. Police and prosecutors in these other counties have been lending a helping hand.

"It's now spread to at least five counties," said a source familiar with the probe, adding that Landgraf has been investigating "all over the place."

Another source said one reason that these other counties have been roped into the investigation is a new state law that allows elected officials to be tried in their home counties for violations of ethics, lobbying and campaign laws. Ex-Assembly Majority Leader Scott Jensen had his case moved to Waukesha County under a Supreme Court ruling because of the law.

Sources said the investigation is following up on a number of leads turned up by an earlier John Doe probe, which was led by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm into the former and current aides of Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive.
The article goes on to point out that the special prosecutor, Francis Schmitz, takes away Walker's ability to scream politics because she didn't sign any recall petitions and she was considered for the US Attorney position by George Bush. Apparently she wasn't corrupt so she didn't get the position.

But hold on to your seats, boys and girls! As we all know, when it comes to all things Walker, there is more. There is always more:
It appears the state-related case opened in February 2012, meaning it was active at the same time as the one focusing on Walker's county aides.

However, several sources said they became aware of the newer probe only in the past month and that much of the recent activity has taken place in Madison.

Sources familiar with the probe told the Journal Sentinel that it was scrutinizing a wide variety of state-related issues, including the recall races. Sources suggested the probe is looking at a current legislative leader and the governor's contest.

"This is activity that occurred since the 2010 election," said a source.
Whooee! It looks like we are going to have to put in a rush order for extra popcorn.

As the gentle reader is aware, Cog Dis have been following the Walkergate saga closely .  This new level of a probe could be looking at numerous players - ranging from Robin Vos to Scott Fitzgerald to Brett Davis.  It could include things like the pay for play Walker and his staff were doing, the politicking out of the Capitol,

Someone might want to check with the GAB and see who might have filed legal cooperation defense funds.


  1. Sure am glad I bought the 1 gallon bucket of coconut oil and 5 lb bag of popcorn from the Amish. Should be a nice winter.

  2. We've been taken to the mountaintop to see the promised land of a Walker conviction, only not to make it many times. I'm skeptical that this time will be any different.

  3. Lets hope that this one goes after those at the top not the underlings who get paid to fall on the sword. There has to be one out their who has been thrown under the bus by Walker and his lieutenants who would be willing to tell the truth.

  4. The sooner we find out who they are targeting, the sooner we can forgive them and put them in charge of campaigns, because you know everyone deserves a second chance.

    I am certain this is the last time. This will never happen again!

  5. The recall election was STOLEN -- from a common-sence/intuitive point of view, it is not possible that scott walker won by a margin of almost 9 points in a statewide election in an intense, high-turnout election and then 5 months later, obama won by essentially the same margin.

    Wisconsin DID NOT swing almost 20 points from a republican to a democrat on top by almost 10 points in 5 months.

    But more importantly is the statistical proof -- one of the most fundamental laws of math & numbers is the LAW OF LARGE NUMBERS

    GAB only has AGGREGATED election results online -- NOT ward-by-ward. Even these cannot hide the fact that the results in the republican primary (for mitt romney) and the recall cannot possibly be true.

    In a nutshell -- at some point, an analysis of the data has to indicate stable results -- essentially, the results being study have to predict or lie within an expected value.

    It is mathematically impossible to see walker's support always increase in counties that use a central vote tabubulator as the data-set becomes larger. Basic analysis demonstrates an impossible outcome -- that walker's support increases infinitely with each additional voter.

    Stated another way -- if you graph the data (with walker's support along the Y axis), you get an straight line sloping UP with NO LEVELING OFF!

    This is impossible and only happens in the counties that use a central vote tabulator -- this impossible phenomena that violates the most-basic principal of numbers and analysis indicates ELECTION FRAUD!

    And the clincher is this -- 6 counties DO NOT use central tabulators and actually total all vote wards in a spreadsheet. Those counties all have results that follow the law of large numbers -- as the data accumulates, walker's support stabilizes or flattens out on a graph.

    This is not rocket science -- the law of large numbers underlies everything from insurance rates to weather forewasts and more.

    For more, see the book MATRIX OF DECEIT which has been updated to include a post-election analysis of the fall 2012 election -- there is a chapter that is specifically about walker's recall.

    The quantitative analyst that did the work here makes his data freely available online -- he is highly qualified and he documents each and every step of the process including the formulas and math theories that underlie any analysis of this type.

    The book was published via Amazon's publishing service, so you can only buy it there -- not likely you will find it in the WALKERSHA library or in any other.

    It is a must-read, because nothing else can change until we have open, free, fair, transparent, and verifiable elections.

    Believe-it-or-not, this isn't just about gerrymandering, out-of-state money, vote suppression/ID laws, and proprietary touch screen & ballot tabulators.

    Even though each of those factors skews election results -- it is the central tabulators where election fraud is occurring in Wisconsin and this can be objectively and scientifically proved.

    1. Interesting to compare the kloppenberg/ prosser results to the recall result mapsalsa

    2. I remember checking once and seeing that Kathy Nickolaus got a high amount of votes last time she was up for election as well. I can't remember where that was but it probably is easy to find on google.

  6. The timing of public notification about the existence of "Son of Doe" may be relevant to the release of the emails on Walker's secret county system. This is from the JS on Sunday about Walker's deferred maintenance, that killed Jared Kellner

  7. I'm tired of the "get your popcorn" attitude. It's time for prosecutions and heads on pikes. It is obvious that WisGOP's corruption and cronyism is systematic, and all information needs to be brought into the light, instead of being covered up by GOP legislators and officials.

    That's what I'm feeling when I see this- not a sense of amusement, but a sense that these guys feel they can get away with anything. They have to go down, and go down hard.

    And that better be the Dems' message for these 3 Assembly seats up for election in the coming weeks, and for all of 2014. It also has the advantage of being true.

  8. Your pronouns need correction. Fran and his 6'3"+ frame is male, not female.

    1. Good catch.

      And the diary tag needs to be corrected to Schmitz, not Schultz.

  9. I wonder if the impending announcement of an expanded John Doe investigation is related, in any way, to AG Van Hollen's decision to not run for office again in 2014. If 'secret routers' were used in Madison, as they were in Milwaukee, he could be in the middle of this mess....

  10. Vos: "It wasn't ME. It was...SUDER. Yeah. That's the ticket. It was SUDER!"

    1. Vos: And Honadel! I swear, I had nothing to do with Honadel's connections to the GTAC mining folks!

  11. I was going to bring up United Sportsmen of America, AFP, and suspicious absentee ballot mailings during the recalls. Someone else already connected the dots. Follow the money.

    Walker's Wisconsin- Now Playing John Doe Act 2.

  12. i knew the authorities would catch up to them Suder or later.

  13. Please do not depend on this to unseat Walker.

    1. Agree, this is only another nail in the coffin. Lots of other failures can (and should) be hammered home before the indictments come down from this.

      What it does do is reiterate the theme that Walker and the WisGOPs are seamy, corrupt, and not to be trusted. THAT'S where you link this in.

  14. Just curious if Van Hollen not running again is tied into this. And the timing is interesting; this Doe started before the other one stopped.What do we think that means??

    1. Hopefully all those that told Capper and the rest of us neener neener when WalkerGate One apparently fizzled out with some pleas will be eating humble pie when Scooter and his klan are perpwalkkkered.

  15. 6:53, I have no idea, but the timeline sure fits.

  16. Since no one is being recalled at the moment, no one is able to get unlimited contributions that can be transferred to a criminal "cooperation," fund.

  17. We know the following:

    1) MAY2010 - John Doe 1 launches
    2) 05JAN2012 - Russel/Kavanaugh/Pierick are charged
    3) 26JAN2012 - Wink/Rindfleisch are charged
    4) ??FEB2012 - John Doe 2 launches
    5) 12MAR2012 - Walker sets up criminal defense fund
    6) 02MAR2013 - John Doe 1 ends
    7) 29MAR2013 - Walker closes defense fund

    If Walker were still under investigation, it would seem like he'd 1) know it and 2) would keep his defense fund open. Although, he opened his CDF right after JD2 opened...coincidence?

    What else?

    1) Wide variety of state issues under investigation
    2) Including possible campaign violations
    3) Covers at least 5counties
    3a) which means at least 5 people under investigation
    4) Includes & originated from Dane county
    5) Following up on leads from JD1
    6) Investigating post 2010 crimes

    What crimes were taking place between NOV2010 and FEB2012 and would have had leads imbedded in JD1? Where were Russell and Rindfleisch during the recall? I thought they were both still in Milwaukee.

    The real question is, how does JD1 tie into JD2? What crimes unearthed during JD1 were occurring after NOV2010 and before FEB2012?

    Also - remember when Landgraf asked Waukesha to prosecute an unknown suspect wrt JD1 and Waukesha said they thought the guy was innocent and he had made an honest mistake? Any chance that Waukesha decided not to cooperate on this?

    1. That last point opens up a big can o' worms. Remember that Van Hollen refused to lift a finger on this when asked, and that the Walkershaw Co. DA let Scooter Jensen off the hook (allowing him to still lobby), and he's running to replace Van Hollen as A-G.

      I'll hold off on the party hats for now, but there are a LOT of ways this could turn

  18. If this pans out Mary Burke has a gimme pass to GOTSOW in 2014(Governor of the State of Wisconsin).

  19. Van Hollen's retirement does seem suspect. Getting out of Dodge before the roof caves in?

  20. Details, details. All the devils, demons, hobgoblins and other, other-worldly-minions of the corrupt party can't possibly keep them all straight, out-of-sight, and away from public scrutiny forever. Can they?

    Here's another thread being unwound from the "Walker won the recall election" fable:


    Command Central is the vendor for electronic voting machines in Crawford and many other counties throughout Wisconsin. Command Central is a private corporation that supplies election hardware and the programming and tabulation software that goes along with it. Yet, they have no real oversight by any government agency, elected official(s), or the judiciary. Therefore the corporation holds a very scary and unique secret that flies in the face of Democracy. In a country that was founded with a constitution to provide a proven structure of checks and balances among the three branches of government, Command Central has none.... was further discovered that 23 counties had sent back memory cards early. Not only were the memory cards vacated from the County Clerks’ offices but they were sent out-of-state to Command Central’s office in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This is illegal. This was against the law. Yet, no one was ever reprimanded or punished for the infraction. It was not even covered in the press.

    When Vice President of Command Central, Larry Zins heard about all of the open record requests to the clerks, he composed the letter below to provide “incentive” to getting the materials returned.........

  21. mojo -- all fair points...

    BUT, the real theft can be mathematically demonstrated from GABs own data -- it is not happening on touchscreens nor vote tabulators.

    The elephant in the room that no one will talk about are the central tabulators that spit out impossible numbers that fail the most basic test of mathematical analysis -- THE LAW OF LARGE NUMBERS!