MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin's top elections official has rejected an open records request filed by two Republicans who wanted information about how much investigators have been paid to look into alleged illegal campaign activity by Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and other conservative groups.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy on Tuesday rejected the request saying state law did not allow him to release confidential investigatory records. The request was filed last month by state Sen. Tom Tiffany and state Rep. David Craig.

They have called for reforms at the agency that enforces campaign laws, saying the public should have more access to its investigatory records.

Last month Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen also said the GAB could not provide its investigatory records to auditors doing a review of the entire agency.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A document titled ``War Room'' that spells out Gov. Scott Walker's agenda, issues and key contacts when he was Milwaukee County executive is among newly released data.

The document that came from Walker's county computer was originally collected as part of a now-closed John Doe investigation.

The ``War Room'' document part of 14 gigabytes of data released by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in response to a judge's order from May to make the information public.

The ``War Room'' file plots out issues he wanted to highlight, groups he wanted to target, places he planned to visit and targeted media.

Under ``Issues'' Walker noted the need to lobby state lawmakers on park issues and ``work on new board member'' on county pensions.



MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Prosecutors, a conservative group and two unnamed parties have filed a sealed report on what documents should be released in a secret investigation into possible collusion between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative organizations.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa has stayed the so-called John Doe probe in response to a Wisconsin Club for Growth lawsuit challenging the basis for the investigation. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing that decision.

A 7th Circuit judge released 266 pages of documents in June. Randa ordered all the parties to file a joint report on what remaining documents could be released.

The parties filed the report Thursday but most of it was sealed. They asked Randa to hold off on a ruling until the 7th Circuit decides what more to release.



Monday, August 4, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court plans to release nearly three dozen files in a lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Monday saying it has received 34 sealed electronic files from the federal district court in Milwaukee. The appellate court said it plans to release them to the public on Aug. 19.

Prosecutors are looking into whether Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups through a so-called John Doe probe, where information is tightly controlled.

Wisconsin Club for Growth has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the probe. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa in Milwaukee has stayed the investigation. Prosecutors have appealed.

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