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Walker campaign sets up legal fund as John Doe investigation continues


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has created a legal defense fund to pay for his expenses connected with the ongoing John Doe probe into his former Milwaukee County aides.

Walker’s campaign issued a statement Friday afternoon, in which the governor said that no tax money has ever been used for the attorneys he hired to, “review documents and assist me in cooperating.”

A few hours before his statement, the liberal group One Wisconsin Now said it demanded to know who was paying for Walker’s legal bills. 

Late Friday afternoon, Mike Browne of One Wisconsin Now said Walker’s announcement, “raises more questions than answers.” He wanted to know who has given money to the defense fund – and whether they have business with the state government.

Five former aides and associates have been charged as the result of the John Doe investigation, which deals with Walker’s former post as the Milwaukee County executive.

The governor has said he is not a target of the probe – not to his knowledge, anyway. But he said he has agreed to meet with prosecutors in the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office who are continuing to investigate.