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How the Billionaires Bought Justice for Scott Walker

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Especially when the end result is a wholly owned state government -- executive, legislature and the courts.

But all those gains were threatened when prosecutors started investigating Walker for coordinating with the Wisconsin Club for Growth and WMC during Walker's recall election in 2012.

In response, the Wisconsin Club for Growth filed a lawsuit to end the investigation.

Remember, in the last decade alone: Three of the seven Wisconsin Supreme Court justices have won their elections with help from the Kochs.

In the same way as Scott Walker.

And with the same groups.

Knowing this, prosecutors filed for two of the justices to recuse themselves.

And under a 2009 US Supreme Court ruling, they would have had to recuse themselves in pretty much every other state.

But not in Wisconsin. Because it pays to own the state Supreme Court.

The court simply adopted rules -- THAT WERE PROPOSED BY THE WMC -- that say very simply that "that the receipt of a lawful campaign contribution shall not, by itself, warrant judicial recusal."

Make no mistake. These groups are simply dark money cover groups for the Koch brothers and their billionaire buddies to funnel as much money as they want into state and federal elections.

And the way they do it is technically "legal" because of the disastrous rulings in Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo.

Which brings us back to the Koch Brothers' presidential candidate of choice: Scott Walker.

Since Scott Walker became governor in 2011, Wisconsin has been nothing but a staging ground for the Koch's plan to buy the White House in 2016.

If Scott Walker and these dark money groups faced real investigation, it wouldn't just lead to Walker possibly going to jail and losing out on being president.

It would also call into question the entire idea of campaign spending as free speech. It would expose the unfettered power of money to control our political system.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)

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