Barrett calls on Walker to clarify legal defense fund
Scott Walker and Tom Barrett shake hands after the second gubernatorial at Marquette University Law School Friday, October 15, 2010. Image by Benny Sieu
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is calling on Gov. Scott Walker to clarify why he was allowed to set up a legal defense fund.
The fund is in relation to an ongoing investigation into activities of Walker's top aides and associates while Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. Walker hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.
State law says officeholders can only set up a legal defense fund if they've been charged with, or are under investigation for, election or campaign violations.
Barrett said Wednesday that Walker needs to say which conditions apply to him. Barrett is one of four Democrats hoping to unseat Walker in a recall election next month.
Walker's campaign didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. His campaign recently transferred $60,000 to the fund to pay his lawyers.