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August 25, 2014

Wisc. Governor Sought Gifts for Conservative Nonprofit

Documents briefly made public Friday indicate that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign encouraged donations to an advocacy group that was battling efforts to recall the governor and Republican state lawmakers in 2011 and '12, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Emails among Mr. Walker and senior aides called for soliciting contributions from outside groups and wealthy donors like Donald Trump and Sheldon Adelson to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative nonprofit led by a Walker campaign adviser. The correspondence suggested highlighting for prospective donors that their gifts would not be subject to disclosure requirements.

The correspondence was unsealed in connection with an investigation by several Wisconsin district attorneys who allege the Walker campaign improperly coordinated political activity with independent groups. In May, a federal judge granted Club for Growth an injunction halting the inquiry; the prosecutors have appealed the ruling. Mr. Walker, who is running for re-election, is not a target of the investigation, which his office has dismissed as politically motivated.