Jensen Gets Supreme Gift

In this update: 1. Supreme Court blesses home-court advantage for Jensen 2. Railroad company made illegal donations to Walker campaign Jensen Gets Supreme Gift

Email date: 5/20/10

In this update:
1. Supreme Court blesses home-court advantage for Jensen
2. Railroad company made illegal donations to Walker campaign

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Supreme Court blesses home-court advantage for Jensen
Wisconsin’s Supreme Court issued a ruling this morning granting former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen’s request for a new trial in his home county rather than in Dane County. The Democracy Campaign’s director posted reaction to the decision on our Big Money Blog, which features a ticking clock showing how much time has passed since Jensen was originally charged with criminal misconduct in public office.

Go here for some initial news coverage of the court’s ruling, which puts Jensen in a strong position to negotiate a favorable plea agreement with a prosector who clearly is not feeling up to the task.

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Railroad company made illegal donations to Walker campaign
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uncovered a railroad executive’s scheme to funnel corporate money to Republican Scott Walker’s campaign for governor, laundering the money through other company employees. Corporate contributions to candidates for public office in Wisconsin have been illegal for more than 100 years.

It’s been a rough last week for the Walker campaign, as news of the illegal donations came just days after an employee in the Milwaukee County executive’s office announced her resignation after revelations that she campaigned for Walker while at work. Around the same time, Walker’s main opponent accused him of making overly abundant use of personal leave from his day job to accommodate his campaigning for the state’s highest office.