After finding the cruz of the case on page 144, I have been casually watching Suárez make England cry and reading the Exhibits behind today's ruling. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Luckily, it's tucked away in Exhibit C.
Doe Exhibit C:
A contribution, under the law, is "[a] gift .. , of money or anything of value ... made for political purposes." Wis. Stat. § 11.01(6)(a)1. Contributions are not limited to acts of "express advocacy." Under Wis. Stat. §11.01(16), for example, an act is also done for a political purpose if it is undertaken "for the purpose of influencing the recall from orretention in office ofan individual holding a state or local office." In addition, an act is also done for a political purpose if it is undertaken "for the purpose of influencing the election ... of any individual ...." WCV1' v. SEE, 231 Wis.2d at 680. In-kind contributions are subject to reporting requirements just the' same as cash contributions. Wis. Stats. §§11.06(1) and 11.01(6)(a)1. See also Wis. Adm. Code G~ §1.20(1)(e).Pages 127 and 128 has the money trail.
Contributions to a candidate's campaign must be reported whether or not they constitute express advocacy. See §11.06(1). WCVP v. SEB, 231 Wis.2d at 679 (emphasis in original). The fact that a third party runs "issue ads" versus "express advocacy ads" is not a defense to illegal "coordination" between a candidate's authorized committee and third party organizations. See id.
WMC is a Wisconsin business trade organization that through WMC-IMC"
became a means used by WiCFG for placement of advertisements during the recall campaign supporting Governor Scott Walker and criticizing his opponents.19 WiCFG contributed $2,500,000 to Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), which was deposited in the WMC-IMC bank account. In turn, WMC-IMC ran advertisements supporting gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker and advertisements critical of his opponent, Tom Barrett,z° James Buchen was Senior Vice President of WMC and participated conference calls with Governor Walker and others involving the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Senate and Gubernatorial recall electionsY
For all practical purposes, movant WiCFG "was" R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl. RJ. Johnson has stated, "We own CFG. Deborah Jordahl was a signatory for the WiCFG bank account and is believed to have signed all WiCFG checks from January 2011 to June 2012.
During the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Senate and Gubenatorial recall elections, R.I. Johnson used WiCFG as the hub for the coordinated activities involving 501(c)(4) organizations and FOSW. Beginning in March 2011 there were open and express discussions of the need to coordinate the activities of entities like Americans for Prosperity (MP), Club for Growth (CFG), Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW), Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), and the Republican Governors Association (RGA). Conference calls were held involving entities such as FOSW, RGA, and WMC.
WiCFG funded several other entities, including "501(c)(4)" organizations, enabling those organizations to run advertisements or conduct activity in support of Republican recall candidates or to oppose ·candidates running against the Republican recall candidates.32 Money from WiCFG funded the political activities of CFSA, WMCIMC, and other 501(c)(4) organizations.33 WiCFG also funded CFSA, yet another organization that was controlled by RJ. Johnson. Of the $4,620,025 in revenue reported by CFSA in 2011, WiCFG contributed $4,620,000, or 99.99%, of CFSA revenue. In turn, CFSA provided funding to Wisconsin Family Action ($1,169,045), Wisconsin Right to Life ($347,582), and United Sportsmen of Wisconsin ($245,000). These 501(c)(4) organizations were all actively involved in coordinated absentee ballot application activities during at least the 2011 Wisconsin Senate recall elections.
With a rather easy map to follow.
Really nice of Walker's cronies to leave a bank paper trail, along with emails confirming the data therein contained.
At the end of the day, Tom DeLay and Walker need to compare notes and report to their headmaster Karl Rove so this sort of thing never happens again.
Or at least gets discovered in discovery.