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Report: Effort aims to stop new John Doe investigation

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - There's reportedly an effort to halt a secret John Doe investigation into conservative groups, and their apparent roles in funding candidates for Wisconsin recall elections.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said five cases have been filed on behalf of three anonymous clients, and the state's Court of Appeals is handling them. 

Madison lawyer Dean Strang and Milwaukee attorney Matthew O'Neill initially filed the actions against the previous judge in the case, Barbara Kluka. Monday, the paper said the cases were amended to list Eau Claire reserve judge Gregory Peterson, who has confirmed he's the new judge handling the John Doe. 

The Journal Sentinel said copies of the court actions have not been made public. The paper says Strang has tried to seal them -- and he wants the Supreme Court to directly act on one of his cases.

The attorneys involved in the five cases are either not commenting, or could not immediately be reached.

The filings were made last week, before Eric O'Keefe of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth was quoted in a Wall Street Journal editorial admitting that he was subpoenaed. 

The Journal cited a host of conservative groups being involved in some manner, including Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign and the Republican Governors Association.