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John Doe ruling could have major effect on 2014 fall elections

A voter casts a ballot during an election at the De Pere Community Center. (Photo from: FOX 11).
A voter casts a ballot during an election at the De Pere Community Center. (Photo from: FOX 11).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A judge's order to end the John Doe probe into campaign activities in the Wisconsin recall elections could have some major effects in this fall's contests.  

According to Federal Judge Rudolph Randa's decision from Tuesday, one of the targets of the John Doe -- the Wisconsin Club for Growth -- figured it lost $2 million in fundraising ability to buy issue ads to benefit conservative candidates.  

That's after the group and its treasurer had club records subpoenaed dating back to early 2009 -- and the subpoenas were subject to secrecy orders.  

Meanwhile, Milwaukee attorney Mike Maistelman says Republican Governor Scott Walker should benefit from the dropping of the John Doe. That's because he can claim he was wrongly targeted by his political enemies, as the Republican Walker campaigns for governor this fall and possibly for president in 2016.  

Judge Randa ruled that the investigation violated the Club for Growth's free speech rights -- and he ordered that everything seized during the probe be returned.  

The special prosecutor expects to appeal the judge's decision.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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