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September 25, 2014

Federal Court Lifts Block of Wisc. Campaign-Finance Inquiry

A federal appeals court removed an injunction Wednesday that had effectively halted an inquiry by Wisconsin district attorneys who accused Gov. Scott Walker's campaign of improperly coordinating with conservative nonprofits on fundraising and spending during a 2012 state recall effort, reports The New York Times. The ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals sends the matter back to Wisconsin state courts.

Details that have emerged about the so-called John Doe investigation, about which participants are barred from speaking publicly, indicate that prosecutors are examining whether aides to Mr. Walker directed political activity by outside entities. No charges have been filed and officials have said the Republican governor, who is in the midst of a re-election campaign, is not a target. A state judge imposed the injunction in May, saying he found no basis for pursuing the investigation.