ACTION ALERT: Sign petition asking President Obama to continue John Doe II investigation in Wisconsin

July 20, 2015 by Barbara With

SIGN THE PETITION requesting President Obama re-open the John Doe II investigation that the Wisconsin Supreme Court closed on July 16, 2015. We need 100,000 signatures by August 18 to escalate our plea to the President. Please sign the petition here:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-wisconsin-supreme-court-and-its-decision-stop-john-doe-ii-investigation July 19, 2015 Dear President Obama,

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Scott Walker. Photo: Michael Matheson

We the People respectfully request that the US Department of Justice continue the John Doe II criminal investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, as well as an investigation into Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Michael Gableman and David Prosser and their possible conflicts of interest in the case. On July 16, 2015 the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted on party lines that the case be closed and evidence destroyed.

This ruling has national consequences, as it sets a precedent for other state supreme courts to give a free pass to politicians (regardless of whether they’re Democrats or Republicans) who become embroiled in corruption scandals.

In a poll conducted by the Green Bay Press Gazette, 76% of Wisconsinites also think the investigation should not have been closed. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has condemned the decision as well.

Included in the case were Wisconsin Club for Growth (WiCFG) and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), among others. There was ample evidence that their network intended to collect and distribute campaign funds on Walker’s behalf and under Walker’s control. In fact, the parties involved did not deny that they did indeed coordinate. The court ruled, however, that Wisconsin campaign laws are too strict in the post-Citizens United world. The case also unearthed a pay-to-play revelation involving mining company Gogebic Taconite (GTac) that secretly gave $700,000 to help WiCFG buy two state senate seats and pass a deregulation bill, which GTac was allowed to write.

Justice Michael Gableman has denied motions asking that he step aside from cases involving an attorney who represented him, calling these requests “neither justified nor warranted.” Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism/Lukas Keapproth

Justice Michael Gableman has denied motions asking that he step aside from cases involving an attorney who represented him, calling these requests “neither justified nor warranted.” Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism/Lukas Keapproth

WiCFG and WMC have spent over $10 million since 2007 to re-elect the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Republican majority. In 2008, WMC spent $2.25 million in dark money to get Justice Gableman elected. In 2010-2011, WMC gave over $1 million to WiCFG and $3,685,000 for Justice Prosser to win his 2011 election. After opponent JoAnne Kloppenburg won, 14,000 votes were mysteriously discovered two days later by former Prosser aide and Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nicholas which resulted in a state-wide recount.

Evidence of fraud abounded at the recount, but Prosser was declared the winner. Gableman has a history of ethics violation. He received free legal counsel for two years beginning in 2008 from the Wisconsin law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, which represented the state in defending the Act 10 law in 2011. It was a blatant conflict of interest: He owed money to a firm that got his vote in this and other cases. And still he refused to step aside.

In February 2015, John Doe II Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz asked that Gableman and Prosser step aside in the case. They refused. New rules, written by WMC and adopted in 2010, stated a campaign contribution alone would not require recusal. Another rule change the Republican majority wrote that year allowed judges to vote in cases where they had received election contributions from lawyers or parties who might benefit from the outcomes, and hear cases where they had received support from the parties themselves.

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Justice David Prosser. Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism/Lukas Keapproth

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Caperton decisionthe failure to recuse in this case could be a due process violation. We have the evidence of the corruption but there simply is no justice available. We can’t even vote them out: election fraud in Wisconsin is rampant:

  • An out-of-state company Command Central controls the hackable voting machines in much of state. Before the Walker recall election in June 2012, they illegally offered clerks a chance to swap out their old Optech Insight Scanner (with paper ballot) for two hackable DRE Touch Screen models with no verifiable paper trail, at no charge.
  • The right-wing majority gerrymandered the state and required legislators sign secrecy agreements;
  • The voter suppression was such a huge issue, Hillary Clinton filed a voter-access lawsuit accusing a Republican-led state of trying to suppress the vote.
  • Fake absentee ballot applications with erroneous information were sent out by the defendants in John Doe II.

As a result, extreme right-wing Republicans now control every entity in state government: Senate, Assembly, the governor’s office, highway patrol, and the Supreme Court.

The scope of corruption that Wisconsin is experiencing, however, stretches beyond just election systems. One must akin the entirety of the election, judicial, legislative, and media fraud with which we are being assaulted to a nonviolent war: all levels of our culture are under attack—economic, educational, environmental, communities of the elderly and disabled, political—as those perpetrating the fraud instigate a hostile takeover of our government.

Waging this nonviolent war against the citizens of this state and nation amounts to treason. As they use their power to collude to enact laws that directly undermine the US and Wisconsin constitution and opposed by We the People, they provide direct proof that they are traitors. No metal detector at the airport will protect us from this kind of terrorism.

So where do citizens go to for help? We need heroes in every level of government to stand up for We the People. President Obama, will you be one of the heroes who acts to help restore justice to Wisconsin and the nation? Our very lives, and the life of the republic depend on it.

Please sign the petition here:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-wisconsin-supreme-court-and-its-decision-stop-john-doe-ii-investigation

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8 Comments on “ACTION ALERT: Sign petition asking President Obama to continue John Doe II investigation in Wisconsin”

  1. Joan wansart July 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    Republicans in Wisconsin are running around passing laws taking peoples rights away, destroying education k-12, university, and committing crimes as they go! Wisconsin Supreme Court is in on it and gave the republicans free reign without retribution by ending the Jon doe investigation and order files to be destroyed! Please help the innocent people of Wisconsin and continue the investigation if Scott walker!!!!!!

  2. Laura Alen July 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    I agree to check out the govenor from Wisconsin.He can not be trusted…

  3. John July 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

    My wife and I have both signed the petition. Come On Wisconsin, get on the ball! This petition could use your help!

    We have watched the steady, continued destruction of Wisconsin since Walker took office. Under his “regime” he now controls all three branches of government. Beyond that he and his Wendigo driven cohorts have passed legislation that destroys the land, the air, the water and peoples lives. If it is true, as has been previously posted on this site, that corporatism essentially is fascism, then we are there…now.

    Wisconsin, and other corporate ruled states, can only find healing when the people (That means you, dear reader!) awaken and rise up and make a stand. This is darkness…it must be STOPPED. This is YOUR state…reclaim it now or lose it for yourselves, you children, your grandchildren, and on.

    Some day, some way, the dawn will arise but these clouds of evil must be dispersed and ended. I just cannot believe how dark the world has become. Sign the Damn Petition! Raise a little hell! Fight to reclaim democracy and fight to reclaim this precious earth.

    Enough said? I bounce between fury and depression waiting for my people to awaken.

    Thank you WCMC for helping this fight. You have many allies.

  4. Sinde July 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    Perhaps this petition Needs to get to a much Bigger Platform, Credo ~ or The Daily Koz???

    • Barbara With July 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      It certainly does. WHo do we know at the Daily Koz?

  5. John July 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm #

    Sinde (my wife) just was posting for a petition at Daily Koz. We’ll see what happens.

    • Barbara With July 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

      thank you!

  6. John August 7, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    “A special prosecutor has asked Wisconsin’s high court to reconsider its decision to end an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign, in a sign he is considering taking the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

    Full story here:
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/06/1409451/-Incredible-News-from-Both-Wisconsin-John-Doe-Probes

    “Now, don’t get excited. The Wisconsin Supremes aren’t going to reverse themselves and put their dark money benefactors in any position that’s not beneficial. This is simply the first step required before actually asking the US Supreme Court to hear a case. You have to demonstrate that you’ve exhausted all your other options.”

    Hope yet?

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