The Evolution of Walkergate – 1 Early Warnings

The Trial of Kelly Rindfeisch October 15

The last of the the long line of obstructions, pleas, and motions to delay the trial of Kelly Rindfeicsh is finally over. Walker is on the list of witnesses.

The John Doe investigation has gone on since he took office over 18 long months ago, and many of the hot new stories that broke over all those months have cooled, so now might be a good time to revisit some of the major breaks in the investigation so as to make clear the whole scope of malfeasance that falls beneath the label of John Doe. This is about a lot more than a secret email network stuck in a closet in the Milwaukee County Executive’s Office.

Yes. This is about much more.

1 Early Warnings

January – March 2011

Gardener of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was caught for the illegal campaign donation to Walker for Governor. Not because the GAB was vigilant or aggressive, but because a disgruntled former girl friend blew the train whistle on him.

The Government Accountability Board on Monday announced that its investigation into illegal campaign contributions made by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company and its owner, William Gardner, have resulted in two felony charges and a record $166,900 forfeiture by the company.Read the story.

Immunity granted to Railroad lobbyist Ken Lucht and Republican operative Rose Ann Dieck.

Lucht is the manager of community development with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad. He received immunity on Jan. 14.

What does Lucht’s involvement with Wisconsin & Southern have to do with a Walkergate investigation? Why would Lucht be granted immunity?

Would you invest $166,000 to get a cool $14 MILLION? That’s what William Gardener did. Oh, and it was your money. William Gardener of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was caught for the illegal campaign donation to Walker for Governor. Not because the GAB was vigilant or aggressive, but because a disgruntled former girl friend blew the train whistle on him.

The Government Accountability Board’s investigation into illegal campaign contributions made by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company and its owner, William Gardner, resulted in two felony charges and a record $166,900 forfeiture by the company.

That’s a lot of cash. But just look at what Gardener’s railroad received as compensation.

Here is a list of grant money awarded to his railroad: Governor Walker announces freight rail awards totaling over $25 million

March 11, 2011

Governor Scott Walker today announced 11 state awards totaling $25,515,123 that will be used to construct freight rail-related facilities, and preserve and upgrade rail infrastructure as part of overall efforts to support job growth and Wisconsin’s economy

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. – (414) 438-8220
5300 N. 33rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a total of $3,647,149 in grant funds to cover 80 percent of costs for emergency rehabilitation and reconstruction work on system bridges in Rock, Dane and Green County.

Madison to Milton Phase II Track Rehabilitation: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive an additional $8,867,515 in grant funds to pay for 80 percent of the total $11,084,393 remaining costs of Phase II rehabilitation work on the Madison to Milton, Wisconsin rail line in Dane and Rock County.

Waukesha Track Rehabilitation: The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will receive a grant of $1,454,594 to cover 80 percent of the $1,818,243 total cost of rehabilitate 1.8 miles of rail line in the Waukesha area. DOT Report

Add up the grants. Somewhere around 14 MILLION. Now. that is what I call a sound investment return.

What was Lucht’s involvement with Gardener and the 14 million dollar grant award to his railroad?

Yes, the John Doe investigation is about a lot more than a secret email network.

Rose Ann Dieck is a GOP zealot with a capital “Z”

Dieck is a former teacher who is listed as the chairwoman of the southwest suburban branch of the Milwaukee County Republican Party. Records show she invoked the Fifth Amendment during the John Doe, and the judge issued an order granting her immunity on Dec. 21.
She also provided a helping hand to state Sen. Alberta Darling, a River Hills Republican, during her recall election.

“They’re taking away the rights of those who voted for change,” Dieck said during an interview with WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) during March protests at Stone’s campaign office. “There was an election on Nov. 2. The people in the state of Wisconsin said we need change.”

How did zealots like Rose Ann Dieck overreach to install fringe conservative philosophy into the Wisconsin legislature?

Yes. The John Doe Investigation is about a lot more than a secret email network.

The Evolution of Walkergate will continue with part 2 – Abandon Ship!

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