UPDATE: Scott Walker's big win delayed by federal appeals court
U.S. Eastern District Judge Rudolph Randa really burst the bubble for the Leftists.
The hopes and dreams of those John Doe-obsessed fringe Leftists have been crushed.
A federal judge Tuesday shut down a probe into alleged coordination between conservative groups and candidates involved in the 2012 Wisconsin recall elections.Poor District Attorney John Chisholm, Democrat, and his band of politically motivated prosecutors!
In his order, U.S. Eastern District Judge Rudolph Randa said prosecutors have argued that issue advocacy by the Wisconsin Club for Growth was made in coordination with the reelection campaign for Gov. Scott Walker through campaign consultant R.J. Johnson. Prosecutors said, according to Randa, that coordination essentially constituted in-kind contributions made by a subcommittee of Friends of Scott Walker. However, Randa argues the prosecutors arguments fall flat because such "issue advocacy" cannot be regulated.
Randa, citing Citizens United and more recent McCutcheon Supreme Court ruling, argues that issue advocacy coordination cannot rise to the level of "quid pro quo corruption" that election law is meant to prevent. He dismissed the question of whether Club for Growth coordinated with the Walker campaign -- which they deny -- because the state cannot regulate the speech in question anyway.
"Issue advocacy money goes to the issue advocacy organization to provide issue advocacy speech. A candidate‘s coordination with and approval of issue advocacy speech, along with the fact that the speech may benefit his or her campaign because the position taken on the issues coincides with his or her own, does not rise to the level of 'favors for cash,'" Randa wrote. "Logic instructs that there is no room for a quid pro quo arrangement when the views of the candidate and the issue advocacy organization coincide."
As a result, Randa concluded that prosecutors' investigation misapplied enforcement of Wisconsin regulation of political activities and ensured that Eric O'Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth have been "shut out of the political process merely by association with conservative politicians."
...He ordered the prosecutors involved in the John Doe to halt their investigation, return items seized from O'Keefe and Wisconsin Club for Growth and "permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation."
Poor Leftists and Leftist media hacks!
Read Randa's decision here.
Long live the First Amendment!
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