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Emails reveal close ties between Walker, aides, and campaign

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker's campaign worked with lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis in 2010, to seek donations from those who had already given the maximum legal amounts to the Walker camp itself. The Associated Press found the connection, in reviewing thousands of documents released yesterday about a criminal investigation into former Milwaukee County aide Kelly Rindfleisch. The A-P said the arrangement broke down after Davis lost his lieutenant governor's primary to Rebecca Kleefisch.

The Journal Sentinel said the Republican Walker used his campaign e-mail to communicate with his county aides -- some of whom were accused of illegally campaigning on county time for Walker's bid for governor. Previous court records showed that aides in Walker's county executive office set up a secret wireless router, trading e-mails which mixed both county and campaign business while taxpayers footed the bill.

Rindfleisch tried unsuccessfully to keep the campaign e-mails hidden while she appeals her conviction for illegal campaigning on Milwaukee County time. Meanwhile, national Democrats tried to make as much political hay from as possible from the revelations, since Walker is considering a bid for the presidency in 2016.

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called it an ethical scandal that voters should pay attention to. Walker said the released documents contained no surprises.