Outrageous media malpractice on Scott Walker 'accusations'

The media-Democrat complex has carried out another disinformation campaign targeting Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who stood up to government worker unions and won. As such, he is s grave threat to the institutional foundation of the Democratic Party, which launders government funds into political funds via the mechanism of mandatory union membership and dues for government workers, which are donated to the Democrats.

Headlines yesterday afternoon and this morning blare the message that Scott Walker is up to criminal activities.  The vast majority of news consumers, who have only marginal interest in Wisconsin, politics, and information that does not concern sports, Kim Kardashian’s butt, or other distractions, get the message of corruption. Here is Google News’s summary this morning:

But the charges are specious. They have already been thrown out of court.  William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection explains:

The big breaking news in the “John Doe” anti-Conservative Wisconsin investigation is that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals released previously sealed court exhibits detailing accusations made at the time the Wisconsin prosecutors commenced the proceeding. (snip)

What is not being reported, is that multiple judges have found that the alleged criminal conduct was not in fact criminal even if the factual allegations were true. Here is part of Federal Judge Renda’s opinion, which remains in effect halting the John Doe investigation, in a case brought by two of the targets:

The standard to apply in these cases was recently made clear by the Supreme Court in McCutcheon. Any campaign finance regulation, and any criminal prosecution resulting from the violation thereof, must target activity that results in or has the potential to result in quid pro quo corruption….

It is undisputed that O‘Keefe and the Club engage in issue advocacy, not express advocacy or its functional equivalent. Since § 11.01(16)‘s definition of political purposes must be confined to express advocacy, the plaintiffs cannot be and are not subject to Wisconsin‘s campaign finance laws by virtue of their expenditures on issue advocacy….

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….

The plaintiffs have been shut out of the political process merely by association with conservative politicians. This cannot square with the First Amendment and what it was meant to protect.

A state court judge similarly found the accusations frivolous in refusing to issue subpoenas, Big defeat for anti-conservative Wisconsin “John Doe” probe.

So the media headlines are all about the accusations — accusations which have been rejected multiple times by judges.

This is shameful, but highly effective. Walker is targeted because he is likable, has a spine, and has demonstrated to Wisconsin voters (and the nation) that standing up to government unions benefits taxpayers (who save money) and those union members who opt out, and save the large amount of money they were formerly forced to pay as dues.

The media-Democrat complex has carried out another disinformation campaign targeting Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who stood up to government worker unions and won. As such, he is s grave threat to the institutional foundation of the Democratic Party, which launders government funds into political funds via the mechanism of mandatory union membership and dues for government workers, which are donated to the Democrats.

Headlines yesterday afternoon and this morning blare the message that Scott Walker is up to criminal activities.  The vast majority of news consumers, who have only marginal interest in Wisconsin, politics, and information that does not concern sports, Kim Kardashian’s butt, or other distractions, get the message of corruption. Here is Google News’s summary this morning:

But the charges are specious. They have already been thrown out of court.  William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection explains:

The big breaking news in the “John Doe” anti-Conservative Wisconsin investigation is that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals released previously sealed court exhibits detailing accusations made at the time the Wisconsin prosecutors commenced the proceeding. (snip)

What is not being reported, is that multiple judges have found that the alleged criminal conduct was not in fact criminal even if the factual allegations were true. Here is part of Federal Judge Renda’s opinion, which remains in effect halting the John Doe investigation, in a case brought by two of the targets:

The standard to apply in these cases was recently made clear by the Supreme Court in McCutcheon. Any campaign finance regulation, and any criminal prosecution resulting from the violation thereof, must target activity that results in or has the potential to result in quid pro quo corruption….

It is undisputed that O‘Keefe and the Club engage in issue advocacy, not express advocacy or its functional equivalent. Since § 11.01(16)‘s definition of political purposes must be confined to express advocacy, the plaintiffs cannot be and are not subject to Wisconsin‘s campaign finance laws by virtue of their expenditures on issue advocacy….

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….

The plaintiffs have been shut out of the political process merely by association with conservative politicians. This cannot square with the First Amendment and what it was meant to protect.

A state court judge similarly found the accusations frivolous in refusing to issue subpoenas, Big defeat for anti-conservative Wisconsin “John Doe” probe.

So the media headlines are all about the accusations — accusations which have been rejected multiple times by judges.

This is shameful, but highly effective. Walker is targeted because he is likable, has a spine, and has demonstrated to Wisconsin voters (and the nation) that standing up to government unions benefits taxpayers (who save money) and those union members who opt out, and save the large amount of money they were formerly forced to pay as dues.