By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. – Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to a previously sealed brief made public Friday.
The documents, from an updated complaint filed by conservative plaintiffs in a case against the GAB, appear to support claims that the campaign finance, ethics and election law regulator is a rogue agency. They also show that the GAB considered using the state’s John Doe law to investigate key state conservatives and even national figures, including Fox News’ Sean Hannity and WTMJ Milwaukee host Charlie Sykes.
Wisconsin Reporter also obtained some of its information from previous court documents that were supposed to have been redacted.
“What we have uncovered so far shows the Government Accountability Board, or at least its staff, being anything but ‘accountable,'” said Eddie Greim, attorney for plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the GAB. “For example, the public has learned for the first time, over GAB’s objections, that GAB set up a secret system of Gmail accounts for its staffers and the prosecutors who ran the John Doe. We also know that GAB hoped its ‘illegal coordination’ theory could even extend to allow it to subpoena media figures like Charlie Sykes and Sean Hannity.”
A spokesman for the agency did not immediately return a request for comment.
Wisconsin’s unique John Doe procedure is much like a grand jury investigation, without the benefit of a jury of peers. A judge vested with extraordinary powers to compel witnesses to testify presides over the probes.
“GAB staff continued and continues to spend substantial time reviewing seized materials, conducting legal research, and writing and reviewing briefs on behalf of (John Doe special prosecutor Francis) Schmitz in ongoing state and federal challenges to the Doe,” court documents state.
Staff members engaged in the probe seem to have defied their own board. Documents show the board voted on July 21, 2014 refused to reauthorize the investigation, on a 3-2 vote.
Documents show the GAB staffers were preoccupied with their own legal exposure rather than whether those staffers were engaged in a lawful investigation. As late as May, they urged the board to continue to fund the agency’s probe because “terminating the investigation could undermine the position of the Board’s investigators in the civil case, exposing them, and potentially Board members to civil liability with no legal support.”
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee S. Dreyfus allowed plaintiffs to file their brief with limited redactions, rather than
accepting GAB’s request for sweeping redactions. The order opened up portions of hundreds of GAB documents obtained through discovery in a lawsuit filed against the agency by political activist Eric O’Keefe and his Wisconsin Club for Growth.
The club is one of 29 conservative organizations targeted in the sweeping and secret probe, launched in August 2012 by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat. The GAB jumped in a short time later, according to court documents, and provided the services of contracted special investigators Dean Nickel and Schmitz. Schmitz subsequently was named special prosecutor of the multi-county probe.
Under state law, the agency’s board must meet “at least once every 90” days to review the progress of the investigation. The board must approve the reauthorization of the investigation or the probe is considered closed.
The GAB is not authorized under law to prosecute criminal investigations, such as John Doe probes.
GAB spokesman Reid Magney earlier this week told Wisconsin Reporter, “John Doe investigations are initiated by district attorneys and controlled by a judge, not the Government Accountability Board.”
Asked whether the board has reauthorized the probe, he declined to comment, citing confidentiality laws.
Technically, the GAB’s involvement in the investigation should have been terminated over a year ago.
According to documents, the GAB voted to authorize the probe on June 20, 2013 but did not vote to reauthorize until Sept. 25, 2013 – 97 days after the GAB’s investigation was officially launched.
GAB Judge Harold Froehlich extensively discussed the lapse at a board meeting in May 2014.
But the GAB, according to court documents, had been admitted as a party to the probe and assisting prosecutors 10 months prior to the board’s formal vote to begin its investigation.
The unsealed documents show GAB director and general counsel Kevin Kennedy and Jonathan Becker, administrator of the agency’s ethics division, involved the accountability board in the secret probe without the approval or even knowledge of the judges. Board members were not informed of the involvement until Dec. 18, 2012, some three months after Kennedy and crew jumped on board.
And it seems Kennedy and Becker misled the board about precisely when they had “learned” of the John Doe investigation, according to a Dec. 18, 2012 memorandum.
“Since the time of the October 23, 2012 Board meeting, staff has learned that the Milwaukee District Attorney has opened another John Doe investigation,” the memo states.
Documents show GAB staff members and DAs using private Gmail accounts to talk about the investigation. Still, leadership warned of the potential that any communications could be made public.
“(T)eam members should communicate with the understanding that their communications could become public or subject to discovery at some point,” according to documents from an August 2013 meeting.
Becker appears to have lead the effort in the search for a special prosecutor to preside over the multi-county investigation.
“(Milwaukee County Assistant DA) Bruce (Landgraf) and (Milwaukee County Assistant DA) David (Robles) still have no idea how this is funded. Jon [Becker] informed them that [two attorneys] will do it for $240 per hour, which is a significant reduction from their $325 per hour fees. Bruce mentioned that we really have to get someone for $100 per hour. He indicated that exhausting the special prosecutor fund for one case would have significant implications with the other DAs across the state,” states the minutes from closed session during the GAB’s June 20, 2013 meeting.
“Jon mentioned that perhaps the GAB could also retain the same person acting as special counsel as the GAB investigator and then supplement his or her pay with GAB funds …Would be limited to the investigation process though,” the minutes note, apparently in reference to Schmitz, who had been on the payroll as a special investigator.
Six days after that meeting, GAB staff got together with district attorneys in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Iowa and Milwaukee Counties to discuss the initiation of a coordinated probe.
Schmitz was tapped as special prosecutor in August.
Communications between the Milwaukee County DA’s office and the GAB show the maneuvering involved to “prompt” presiding John Doe Judge Barbara Kluka to name Schmitz as special prosecutor.
“Judge Kluka, by her own motion can appoint the special prosecutor if one of the enumerated situations in the statute does not specifically apply,” the document states. Landgraf indicated that he and Robles had drafted a letter to Judge Kluka – from the DA’s in all 5 counties – explaining the appointment process in the statute. This will hopefully prompt Judge Kluka to issue an order appointing Fran (Schmitz) the SP.”
“TO DO: Landraf and Schmitz coordinate and schedule SP appointment lettersigning in Iowa, Dodge and Columbia counties and get it to Judge Kluka as soon as possible.”
Kluka complied, appointing Schmitz at the rate of $130 an hour. According to documents, the judge was not informed that Schmitz had already been working for the GAB as a special investigator.
The search warrants Kluka approved were used in the Oct. 3, 2013 predawn, paramilitary-style raids at the homes and offices of multiple conservative targets.
GAB “staff has spent considerable time reviewing and revising the supporting documentation for the search warrants and subpoenas to ensure consistency along with correct references to parties and documents,” states the minutes from closed session during the board’s October 2013 meeting.
As Wisconsin Reporter first reported, Kluka recused herself without explanation in late October 2013. Court documents show the judge did so on Oct. 29. The director of state courts than assigned Judge Gregory Peterson to the case. He promptly quashed several subpoenas because he said prosecutors had failed to show probable cause that a campaign finance crime had been committed.
Signing on in support of Schmitz motion to overturn Peterson’s decision, the GAB’s Kennedy, according to court documents, did not disclose his and the agency’s involvement in the John Doe. He called the GAB a “third party.”
Greim, the attorney for O’Keefe and the club, noted that the documents show the GAB recruited and paid for the John Doe special prosecutor, “paying rates higher than those allowed by law.”
“They did this despite the fact that GAB cannot pay for criminal prosecutions, and despite the John Doe Judge’s order that the prosecutor be paid in the regular way. GAB knew this was wrong, because after reading our lawsuit, GAB asked special prosecutor Schmitz to re-do the time entries in his old invoices to make it appear that prosecutorial work was not being funded by the GAB.”
Wisconsin Reporter first raised that possibility in a recent story.
“And while all of this was unfolding, the GAB claimed in court filings that it was a “third party” to the Doe, and the special prosecutor, who knew otherwise, allowed GAB to make these misrepresentations,” Greim added.
“Driven by its zeal to prosecute the targets of the Doe, an entity borne of noble intentions transformed itself into a crude caricature of openness, ethics, and accountability in government,” the attorney said. “We will continue to uncover the full story behind the GAB’s misuse of taxpayer dollars to fund this misconceived investigation.”
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- SCOTUS ruling on campaign finance shows abuse of John Doe, targets say
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- Judge denies John Doe prosecutors’ move to dismiss civil rights suit
- Civil rights expert: John Doe law is ‘un-American,’ like something from ‘Nazi Germany’
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- Federal judge blasts John Doe prosecutors – again – as he denies records release
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- Wall Street Journal points out ‘disgrace’ of mainstream John Doe reporting
- Expert: John Doe raids raise ‘troubling’ Fourth Amendment questions
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- Senator asks attorney general to compel GAB to open up its books
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- Kelly Rindfleisch appeal to test validity of John Doe digital searches
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- Conservative group asks court to stop John Doe ‘constitutional injury’
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- Kelly Rindfleisch hopes to avoid becoming first John Doe political prisoner
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- Did chief justice show her hand in dissenting John Doe opinion?
- New documents expose GAB’s ‘parallel’ probe expenditures
- Lawmaker: Chief justice’s civil rights complaint is ‘pathetic’
- John Doe reform bill stalls in Legislature
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- Warrants command John Doe targets to remain silent
- U.S. Supreme Court denies review of John Doe-related case
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- John Doe reform bill stuck in legislative waiting game
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- Left’s loud transparency defenders silent on secret John Doe
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- Kelly Rindfleisch seeks release following death of John Doe probe
- Legal experts on right and left seek review of Rindfleisch John Doe conviction
- John Doe horror stories: ‘I felt completely helpless in my own home’
- Hillary Clinton plays victim card
- Legal expert: Abrahamson and John Doe civil rights cases like day and night
- Attorney: audio confirms traumatic John Doe raid of Cindy Archer’s home
- John Doe prosecutors open new assault on conservative targets
- John Doe prosecutors’ tape of raid raises questions about missing moments
- John Doe reform bill starts to move again
- Conservatives ask Abrahamson to turn over John Doe-related records
- John Doe investigators say there are more tapes of raids
- Legal defense of rogue John Doe agents costs taxpayers nearly $1.2 million
- Explosive email exposes GAB attorney’s partisan motives in John Doe probe
- An open letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley
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- Updated complaint shines more light on dark day in John Doe
- Partisan Falk once urged GAB to ‘get around constitutional right to free speech’
- Legislature to take up John Doe reform in October, GOP leadership says
- Knudson on GAB: ‘We need to take this thing apart’
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- John Doe prosecutors get a win, practice legal gymnastics again
- Wall Street Journal: GAB targeted conservative justices in John Doe defense
- Craig says bill to investigate GAB’s John Doe activities coming soon
- New emails show GAB assisting in John Doe defense after judge said stop
- ‘Nonpartisan’ GAB staff has partisan past
- John Doe political prisoner Kelly Rindfleisch nears end of her sentence
- Will the voices of the John Doe victims be heard?
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- Judge orders GAB to turn over emails with liberal groups
- The silence of the left is the Dems’ transparency hypocrisy
- GAB chairman: ‘I wasn’t offended’ by John Doe raids
- Sources: Bill would overhaul controversial GAB
- GAB fighting to keep its secrets out of public eye
- GAB overhaul would eliminate blank checks on taxypayer dime
- John Doe victims to tell their stories in Fox News special
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- Judge holds off on release of GAB’s ‘very embarrassing’ records
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- Senate passes GAB overhaul, campaign finance reform in ‘extraordinary’ session
- Conservatives to court on GAB’s secrets: ‘Enough is enough’
- Milwaukee citizens petition Walker to remove DA John Chisholm from office
- Rogue GAB pushing strained legal arguments to keep its secrets
- GAB just about dead as final overhaul bill passes Assembly
- Speech cop, prosecutors argue for secrecy in the face of GAB extinction
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mentions petition to remove Milwaukee DA — finally
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- Court filing shows GAB’s Kennedy asking Lois Lerner if IRS ‘would be interested’
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- Walker yet to sign GAB overhaul bill
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- Attorney General: End John Doe case now
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- Mainstream media displays selective principles on open records
- John Doe targets tell Supreme Court that prosecutor is not complying with order
- Schimel says decision coming soon on open records complaint against GAB
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- Chisholm’s use of big guns in John Doe fight raises legal questions
- Lawmaker takes one more try at records request with reluctant GAB
- Schimel says John Doe prosecutors have no right to illegally obtained ‘evidence’
- GAB’s John Doe secrets could soon be released to the public
- John Doe targets: Chisholm has no right to share illegally seized ‘evidence’
- Conservatives: Attorney General alone has authority over John Doe petition
- AG Brad Schimel on John Doe authority question: It’s complicated
- Court denies DAs’ motion to open up John Doe records to private attorneys
- Chisholm’s unaccountable defense: ‘The records do not exist’
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- Schimel: John Doe investigators living in ‘Alice in Wonderland world’
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- Vos names commissioners, end of GAB inches closer
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- Attorney to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter: ‘Your article is ridiculous’
- Judge Lynn Adelman on John Doe records custody: ‘I don’t care about the law’
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- Liberal judge dismisses civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors
- John Doe victims stuck with GAB retread until at least January
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- Schimel opposes John Doe prosecutors’ petition before U.S. Supreme Court
- Wall Street Journal: Hold John Doe prosecutors accountable
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- John Chisholm, the Captain Ahab of prosecutors, wants another shot at John Doe
- Fitzgerald: GAB’s Michael Haas not long for new administrator role
- Craig renews call for legislative investigation into John Doe investigators
- Different day, same old tired and faulty John Doe narrative by mainstream players
- More evidence points to prosecutors, investigators as source of John Doe leaks
- Schimel still weighing options on John Doe leaks
- Document suggests prosecutors leaked sealed John Doe records to Guardian