Gov. Scott Walker faces questions again Thursday about whether he continues to raise funds for a conservative interest group.
Walker was in Edgerton Thursday morning for a news conference about his transportation budget, and answered questions about whether leaked documents in a Guardian US report showed he acted appropriately by meeting with wealthy donors who later donated substantial checks to Wisconsin Club for Growth.
“People who failed to win in the court of law have chosen to leak bits and portions to try and win in the court of public opinion without giving people a full perspective,” Walker said.
The governor said repeatedly that multiple courts had looked at the so-called “John Doe” investigation and found no wrongdoing by him, his aides or anyone working for Club for Growth.
When asked whether he continues to fund raise for outside groups, Walker did not directly answer.
“Right now what I’m focused on is finishing off this last bit of my presidential campaign, which we suspended which will be done by the end of the year and then next year getting ready to raise funds for Friends of Scott Walker in preparation for a re-election campaign,” Walker said.
But later in the morning, Walker was asked again whether he continues to raise money for Wisconsin Club for Growth.
“I don’t right now,” Walker said.
When asked about allegations of pay-to-play by reporters in Edgerton, the governor said that voters should look at whether he campaigned on an issue. In the case of lead paint lawsuits, he said he had been an advocate for tort reform for some time.
“If I did something different than what I said I was going to do then voters would have a right to question it,” Walker said. “But I fulfilled the things I said I would do on this and in many other cases.”
Lawmakers are also now asking the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the document leaks. The documents were supposed to have been under permanent seal by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It’s unclear how they were leaked to The Guardian.
Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement Wednesday that he was “reviewing options” for how to proceed on the case. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm also said Wednesday that the leaks were not only a violation of court order, but a crime.