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A New Witch Hunt Targets Conservatives?

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Posted at RightWisconsin.

We published this piece from Wisconsin Reporter two days ago, but therest of the media seems to be catching up. In it, reporter M. D. Kittle writes that the latest John Doe "secret probe" appears to be targeting key conservative groups and activists across the state.


"Though gagged by provisions of subpoenas issued by Milwaukee County Assistant D.A. Bruce Landgraf and others, multiple sources told Wisconsin Reporter the manifold legal attack on nonprofit political organizations has included after-hours visits to homes and offices; confiscated equipment and files; and demands for phone, email and other records."

Several questions immediately come to mind:

Are we ever going to find out what the last endless secret probe into Scott Walker and his staffers cost taxpayers?  Can we expect the same flood of leaks, rumors, and innuendoes to come out of the new probe, just in time for the 2014 election?

And perhaps most important: Why are there no similar probes of liberal groups?

If there is concern that there might have been improper coordination between some of the campaigns and outside groups during the recall campaigns, why is only one party facing this sort of inquisition? There were, after all, no shortage of unions (SEIU, the Teamsters, AFSCME, etc), or other liberal groups involved (OFA comes to mind) heavily involved with state Democrats and the various Democrat recall campaigns.

But the report suggests that none of them found their way onto the Chisholm/Landgraf target list. How is this not a red flag of partisan bias?



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