CHICAGO (WTAQ) - Two undisclosed targets of the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections have asked that a federal appeals court not release anything more about the case.
That's after the 7th Circuit Appellate Court in Chicago inadvertently posted 4 documents from the probe online. They were only up for a few hours on Friday.
Media reports said they included excerpts from e-mails, showing that the Walker election campaign instructed donors to give funds to the Wisconsin Club for Growth -- and that Gogebic Taconite secretly gave the group $700,000.
That donation was never made public until now. And it raised suspicions that the mining company was paying to win state approval of bills paving the way for the firm's proposed iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.
A mining firm official denied any "pay for play." The Republican Walker said he never asked for donations from the mining firm.
He denied any wrongdoing in his relationship with the conservative Club for Growth.
The unnamed parties went to court Saturday, saying the disclosure "caused real harm to real people."
The John Doe probe was halted in May, pending an appeal from prosecutors. It was looking into allegations that Walker and other GOP recall candidates were illegally coordinating with the Club for Growth and other outside conservative groups on the 2011 and '12 state Senate and gubernatorial recall elections.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)