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WSJ Exposes Wisconsin's Political Witch Hunt

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Posted at RightWisconsin.

The partisan witch hunt by those who wish to silence Wisconsin's conservatives is now national news. In an editorial today The Wall Street Journal explains, in stunning detail, the massive scope of the latest John Doe investigation.
 
Early morning raids of peoples homes. Demands for donor information that even the IRS does not require to be publicly disclosed. The investigators are going all out to intimidate Wisconsin's conservative community.
 
Who is being targeted? Well according to the Wall Street Journal (which you can access via our Key Reads post): The groups include the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Americans for Prosperity - Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
 
This government sanctioned opposition research with hunt is casting a wide net. And it has a familiar feel to it.
 
Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker's union reforms.
 
In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders.
 
Copies of two subpoenas we've seen demand "all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications" both internally and between the subpoena target and some 29 conservative groups, including Wisconsin and national nonprofits, political vendors and party committees. The groups include the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Americans for Prosperity—Wisconsin, American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
 

The Wall Street Journal notes that the secret investigation began in the office of the Democrat District Attorney in Milwaukee County, "though no one will publicly claim credit for appointing Mr. Schmitz, the special prosecutor." It notes that under the state's John Doe law,  John Doe law, which allows "prosecutors to issue subpoenas and conduct searches, while the gag orders leave the targets facing the resources of the state with no way to publicly defend themselves."

 
Butt the paper found at least one whistle blower, "Eric O'Keefe, who realizes the personal risk but wants the public to know what is going on." This comes with some risk for O'Keefe, a director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth. But O'Keefe wanted to expose the prosecutorial over-reach.
 
Mr. O'Keefe says he received his subpoena in early October. He adds that at least three of the targets had their homes raided at dawn, with law-enforcement officers turning over belongings to seize computers and files.
 
What is going on here? The Wall Street Journal puts the legal assault on Wisconsin conservatives into a wider context....

READ THE REST HERE.

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