The Circle Tightens – More Arrests on the Horizon
Email Network operated out of Walker County Exec Office
“In the course of the investigation, it was learned that a private e-mail network was established and operated out of the County Executive’s office and that the private network was used to communicate both political campaign and government work related information to select individuals,” said a press release from District Attorney John Chisholm.
Walker’s state office and his campaign had no immediate comment.
Read Rindfleish Crimminal Complaint
From Daniel Bice – Journal Sentinel
Bice is doing a meticulous job of reporting the details of the investigation with the precision of a surgeon.
A new round of criminal charges is coming soon against at least a couple of Gov. Scott Walker’s former county staffers for doing extensive campaign activity while on the taxpayers’ dime, sources say.
The charges – which should be filed by District Attorney John Chisholm’s office in the next week or two – will be part of the long-running John Doe investigation of Walker’s aides and associates during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive. Daniel Bice – Journal Sentinel On Line
Two staffers who worked directly for Gov. Scott Walker while he was county executive were charged Thursday with illegally doing extensive political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs.
Kelly Rindfleisch, deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, faces four felony counts of misconduct in office for working for then-Rep. Brett Davis’ 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor while on the county clock. Davis, who lost in the Republican primary, is now Walker’s state Medicaid director.
Daniel Brice Ex-Walker aides accused
The next round of charges will serve to draw an ever tightening circle around Scott Walker as the investigation is destined to move into his campaign for Governor.
The time line at the right suggests that legal darts have been tossed to the near left and the right of the Governor while he has assured voters that he has the values and integrity of an Eagle Scout. He is often described as a polarizing figure which is like saying that many people are starting to giggle at the emperor’s new clothes.
The next round of darts will strike ever closer to the Governor as Darlene Wink, his constituent services coordinator, resigned after acknowledging that she was doing campaign-related work on county time. Gardner has already made a guilty plea to the charges of illegally funding Walker’s campaign. Oh, and this is interesting – Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. received 14 Million dollars in state grants! Read “Walker Rail $$$$ Whoooooops!”
Would you invest $166,000 to get a cool $14 MILLION? That’s what William Gardener did. Oh, and it was your money.
The darts are striking fast and furious toward the middle of the target. Of course, it is possible that Darlene was campaigning for Walker on the tax-payers dime without his knowledge or encouragement. It is possible that Gardner funneled 60k into Walker’s campaign without the Gov suspecting anything. Oh, and the 14 million in grants to Gardner’s railroad? Well, he probably would have been awarded the same cash even if he had not been a contributor to the Walker race.
Do you see where this is going? How many maybe’s, could have’s, and possible’s can be thrown through the air without a bulls eye?
The Investigation began on May 5 of 2010
Check the benchmarks of the events below with the most resent at the top. The name Walker is highlighted to demonstrate his close proximity to the suspect parties.
January 5, 2012
Prosecutors charge Russell and veterans official Kevin Kavanaugh with multiple felonies for stealing more than $60,000 from Operation Freedom, a program honoring veterans. Russell’s domestic partner, Brian Pierick, is charged with child enticement.
December 13, 2011
Jensen is arrested and jailed for refusing to cooperate with the John Doe investigation.
November 1, 2011
Real estate executive Andrew Jensen asks an appeals court to allow his grant of immunity to be given in secret. The court later rejects the request.
September 28, 2011
Walker says he is safe from the John Doe probe, citing the fact that he is a former Eagle Scout and the son of a Baptist minister.
September 14, 2011
Authorities execute a search warrant of the house of Cynthia Archer, a former top-ranking county administrator for Walker. Archer had been moved out of her state job as deputy administration secretary shortly before the raid.
July 21, 2011
Tom Nardelli, Walker’s former county chief of staff, resigns his state job abruptly, but Nardelli said his decision was not due to the John Doe probe.
July 7, 2011
Gardner is sentenced to nine months’ probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of violating state election laws.
April 14, 2011
Nettesheim grants immunity to Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Walker and a former campaign staffer.
April 11, 2011
Gardner, the railroad executive, is charged with two felonies for election law violations for funneling more than $60,000 in campaign donations to Walker and other politicians. Gardner agrees to plead guilty to the charges, and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. agrees to pay a $166,900 fine.
December 7, 2010
Nettesheim grants immunity to Rose Ann Dieck, a retired teacher and Milwaukee County Republican party activist.
December 21, 2010
Authorities conduct raids of Russell’s Milwaukee home and West Milwaukee business office.
November 15, 2010
Chisholm and his staff meet with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and others at the state Department of Justice to ask for their help with the John Doe investigation. Van Hollen eventually rejects the offer.
Nov 1, 2010
Authorities subpoena emails from Walker’s campaign – one day before the general election. Walker campaign hires former U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic of Michael Best & Friedrich to handle the request.
Authorities seize work computer of Tim Russell, county housing director and Walker’s former deputy chief of staff.
August 9, 2010
Authorities execute a search warrant of Wink’s house.
May 18, 2010
Nettesheim agrees to expand the investigation to include allegations that railroad executive William Gardner improperly funneled campaign donations to the Walker campaign and others through Gardner’s employees.
May 13, 201
Darlene Wink, Walker’s constituent services coordinator, resigns after acknowledging that she was doing campaign-related work on county time.
May 5, 2010
Former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim authorizes Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his office to conduct a John Doe investigation.