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Walker reports spending more than $320,000 on defense attorneys

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign spent nearly $321,000 on defense attorneys during the first half of 2014 as prosecutors pursued a John Doe probe alleging his campaign and conservative groups coordinated during the recall elections.

According to Walker's latest campaign finance report filed late yesterday, Walker's campaign paid $212,884 to the law firm of Sidley Austin in Chicago, $83,079 to Biskupic & Jacobs in Milwaukee and $25,000 to Michael Steinle in Milwaukee.

The expenses were all listed as "legal fees-compliance" on his report.

A federal judge has ordered a halt to the John Doe probe -- a decision now under appeal.

The latest outlay to defense attorneys is on top of prior legal expenses Walker reported to deal with an earlier John Doe probe.

Walker closed a legal defense fund last year he used to cover costs associated with that investigation, which ensnared former aides and associates while he was Milwaukee County exec. He transferred $447,602 from his campaign fund to that account and sent another $200,000 to Michael Best & Friedrich for "legal compliance."

Walker's filing with the GAB also shows he raised almost $4.6 million from out-of-state donors during the period, more than half of the almost $8.3 million he pulled in overall.

That includes more than 31,000 individual contributions from out-of-state donors.

Walker's campaign touted that 76 percent of the 65,000 contributions he received overall for the period were $75 or less.

Still, 106 donors gave him the maximum contribution of $10,000, netting him more than $1 million.

Those hitting the max contribution included: casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major GOP donor; Michael Bidwill, president of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals; real estate mogul Donald Trump; and oil magnate Boone Pickens.

Dem rival Mary Burke collected 20 donations from those who gave her the maximum, according to her report.

That includes her brother John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle; Milwaukee County Exec Chris Abele and his wife, Miriam; and UW Regent and Madison attorney David Walsh.

Burke collected 22,469 donations from out-of-state donors totaling $1.1 million, a little less than one-third of the $3.6 million she raised for the six-month period.

-- By Staff


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