Gov. Scott Walker used almost $10,000 of his controversial legal defense fund to pay a public relations bill, according to a quarterly report filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

According to the report, the Scott Walker Trust paid $9,988 for "public relations" on May 15 to Chicago-based APCO Worldwide Inc.

"This doesn't seem to square with what the governor said he needed that money for," said Mike McCabe, executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the election watchdog organization that first reported the filing. "He said over and over, he just needed to pay lawyers to help him with the investigation."

Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said the agency cannot comment on specific expenditures and referred to state law, which says political candidates or officials "investigated for, charged with or convicted of a criminal violation" can create a defense fund "for expenditures supporting or defending the candidate."

Said Walker campaign spokesman Tom Evenson, "APCO Worldwide provided assistance on legal and media issues. The fund is in accordance with the Government Accountability Board's requirements."

The governor set up the fund in March to pay legal bills in connection with the ongoing John Doe probe, which is looking into the actions of several former and current Walker staffers. Walker has spent $155,489 of the $160,000 transferred to it as of June 30.

The John Doe has resulted in six people being charged with crimes including conducting political campaign work on public time and embezzling money from veterans groups.

McCabe said the report also shows the fund paid $115,000 to Sidley Austin LLP, a Chicago law firm where Walker has reportedly retained the services of criminal defense attorney John Gallo. The fund also paid $29,200 to Milwaukee attorney Michael Steinle and his law firm, Terschan & Steinle Ltd., and $1,301 to Lind Weininger LLC, a Madison law firm.

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motherlode
motherlode

It won't help.

TheJudoon
TheJudoon

This is too funny!

whatistruth
whatistruth

If you don't have the truth on your side I can empathize with Walker needed a good spin doctor.

BTW, are these the same folks Blagojevich used?

Perhaps they conducted a focus group to see what would play in Peoria.

magnum1
magnum1

This guy is close to being a common criminal. I will never understand how he can do whatever he want's to do. The elected people should always be asking the public if it is ok to spend the publics money! no exceptions.

whatistruth
whatistruth

Mel Brooks would say "It's GOOD to be the Governor!"

einstein
einstein

Thanks to Gov. Walker's criminal fund $, Illinois attorneys income is moving forward.

Harvey
Harvey

So APCO provided public relations AND legal advice. What's next? Money to buy dinner at Applebees where the waitress served food AND provided legal advice.

Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle

APCO's Web site does not list "legal services" as one of the many services it provides its clients, nor does APCO list any internal legal department that would provide legal services on behalf of that corporation. Some of APCO's consultants are lawyers, but they work for other law firms and it would not be proper for them to bill their legal services through APCO, because lawyers are prohibited by Illinois law from engaging in the practice of law with non-lawyers. In other words, I believe it's a legal impossibility for Walker's legal defense fund to have paid APCO for any legal services.

TOP SECRET
TOP SECRET

i always find it funny how this liberal rag REFUSES to add that walker was the person that "turned in" the embezzler, that started the entire investigation......weird how leaving out those FACTS makes it look incriminating, huh?.....(shaking my head)

Monitor
Monitor

Your head shaking is causing basic mental problems, as Walker has been hiding behind high priced lawyers since day one, and did no moral thing as turning someone in voluntarily.

rosaleeee
rosaleeee

The REASON this "liberal rag" refuses to say that is because...IT ISN'T TRUE!

I defy you to back up your claim with actual, verifiable facts.

tomtom
tomtom

and yet Top Secret continues to frequent this "liberal rag". Strange

BBoop
BBoop

Actually, the public union members could use a good public relations campaign after the death threats and their $20 million temper tantrum. A lot of taxpayers really hate them right now.

TOP SECRET
TOP SECRET

EXACTLY!

fact_based
fact_based

The same know-nothings who hated them before for no good reason. This is a CRIMINAL defense fund, by the way, the only one set up by a governor in Wisconsin's 164-year history. How conservative is it to pay a PR company and lawyers tens of thousands of dollars when all you'd have to do is sit yourself down and tell the truth? What's he hiding?

davea
davea

Walker probably can't find a Wisconsin PR frim that wants to get involved, or have anything to do with him!

johnnn
johnnn

I guess Illinois' governor and Chicago's mayor have declared that Chicago's PR firms are "open for business." I wonder why Wisconsin's cheeleader-in-chief couldn't find an in-state firm to handle his PR.

Monitor
Monitor

Walker will now need to spend more money on public relations in trying to explain how 'public relations' is a legitimate legal expense. Meanwhile, the criminal misconduct before he was governor should be either dropped or arrest him.

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