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Conservative groups threaten lawsuit over John Doe investigation

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A conservative group says it will sue state prosecutors if they don't cut off their John Doe investigation into campaign activities during the state's recall elections. Eric O'Keefe of the Wisconsin Club for Growth says the probe is quote, "political payback by elected prosecutors against conservative activists for their political successes in Wisconsin." In a statement released by his Washington attorney, O'Keefe accused John Doe prosecutors of quote, "violating the rights of private citizens, and must be held accountable."

Media reports say Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has been gathering secret evidence and testimony about allegations that conservative groups illegally coordinated their campaign activities with Republican candidates in the 2011-and-'12 recall elections. That includes the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. O'Keefe and his lawyer said the Club for Growth was targeted for quote, "alleged unlawful coordination" with the Walker camp on fiscal reforms.

Prosecutor Bruce Landgraf said he received the letter but has not reviewed it yet. Prosecutors reportedly suffered a setback last week, when a judge threw out subpoenas that sought information from a number of conservative groups.