Per the news media accounts of the sentencing hearing, we learned a fairly comprehensive list of who's who in Walkergate - so far anyway.
We also learned to what levels of depravity Walker and his campaign staff (which included his county staff) would go to win the election, including massive cover ups and politicizing tragic events.
On Tuesday, the Power Point presentation that ADA Bruce Landgraf used was made public:
In going through the presentation, I noticed some things that I thought significant that the media either missed or omitted from their reports.
On Page 2, it is reported that Rindfleisch has turned on her cohort in crime, Tim Russell. This would indicate that they are indeed trying to make Russell the fall guy for all the illegal campaigning. Unfortunately, the emails that we know about belie their false front (for example, see page 73, at the bottom).
Landgraf then goes on for several pages clearly demonstrating that Rindfleisch knew what she was doing was wrong, yet sent out and received some 3,500 campaign related emails, 70% of which occurred during the work hours. And that was just in a period of a few months. Extrapolate that over the year and the number easily tops 10,000 campaign emails.
On Page 25, we find that Rindfleisch had been emailing back and forth with Mike Huebsch. Huebsch was listed in the criminal complaint as a host of a fundraiser. Of course, Scott Walker rewarded Huebsch by appointing him his Director of Administration.
Page 31 shows that Rindfleisch got paid $60,000 in taxpayer money for campaigning for Brett Davis and Walker.
Many right wingers have been trying to throw cold water on these hot items by casting aspersion on the investigation. One such example would be Republican squawker Charlie Sykes, who even claimed that Landgraf was lying:
A bizarre footnote: DA Bruce Landgraf apparently falsely accused campaign aide R.J. Johnson of being part of the campaign meetings and only corrected himself when he was asked about it by a reporter for Wispolitics.Well, I got bad news for Sykes.
In court, Landgraf said Walker adviser R.J. Johnson was also part of the group. But he said later in a short interview that Johnson was not.
Was this an attempt to mislead the court? Or was Landrgraf [sic] just sloppy? And what does that say about the non-case he was presenting to the judge?
Pages 35, 36, 42, 43, 44 and 45 show that R.J. Johnson was involved in the media group and was included on the county/campaign group.
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Page 70 holds personal interest to me. On that page, Landgraf displayed an email from Walker's campaign chair, Keith Gilkes to Walker, Rindfleisch, Johnson, Jill Bader (spokeswoman for the campaign), Tom Nardelli (Walker's Chief of Staff) and Fran McLaughlin (Walker's county spokeswoman). The email was pertaining to Darlene Wink getting busted leaving comments and their ideas that were "critical to a response and diffusing this report."
I can't help but speculate on the chances that their response and diffusing of the report led to this.
Also of personal interest is Page 45. Among the email recipients identified on this page is a then county staffer, Bob Nenno. There is only one other place that thus far as tied Nenno into Walkergate. And that was in a report written by yours truly.
When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported their story on the sentencing hearing, the said that Walker was "implicated" in the Walkergate investigation. They later changed it to the less emotional, but more accurate "intertwined."
And even more accurate word would be "involved," as in actively so.
The gentle reader is surely familiar with the fact that with all things Walker, there's more. There's always more.
But there is still even more!
Now, the various emails that Landgraf has revealed shows that Walker was often the recipient of these illegal campaigning emails. If one overlooks his false claims of stopping the illegal campaigning once he was aware of it, Walker would be able to have a plausible excuse of being a passive recipient of the emails and therefore completely innocent. If anything, he might admit to being negligent by making sure the illegal campaigning emails had stopped.
But that would be just another one of Walker's many lies.
I took the luxury of taking screen shots of Pages 42 and 45:
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As the gentle reader can plainly see, Walker was not just the recipient of the emails, but was again using his campaign email to direct his county staff to work on campaign talking points.
I cannot see how they will not be adding another "i" word to Walker's description: Indicted.