On Thursday July 16, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an opinion and order ending the long running “John Doe” investigation into potential violations of Wisconsin campaign finance law and whether candidates and outside groups illegally “coordinated” spending. In mid-June of 2015, a young political consultant was sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for illegally coordinating between a congressional campaign and a Super PAC. The U.S. Department of Justice also recently announced it will look carefully at allegations of coordination between candidate and outside groups. What does all of this mean? Where is the law heading on this? Are civil and criminal investigations into campaign activity going to be increasing?
- Allen Dickerson, Legal Director, Center for Competitive Politics
- Edward D. Greim, Partner, Graves Garrett LLC
- Tara Malloy Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
- Moderator: Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak PLLC