Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Most Comprehensive Scott Walker/John Doe Investigation Timeline You're Going to Find

The GAB fines Wisconsin and Southern Railroad (WSOR) CEO William Gardner $1,000 for contributing $5,000 to Scott Walker's campaign for governor. As a registered lobbyist, Gardner was prohibited for making any campaign contributions.

17: The Walker campaign returns Garder's donation and accepts a $5,000 contribution from his daughter, Stephanie Schladweller.
27: Scott Walker officially announces his candidacy for Governor.
After meeting on, Florida resident Stacie Long moves into Gardner's apartment in Hartford.
19: Gardner donates $5,000 to Friends of Scott Walker, asks Walker to call him on his cell phone.
~20: Gardner expenses his donation.
10: Gardner recieves an email confirming a breakfast meeting with Walker.
14: WSOR employee Steve Breske donates $5,000 to Friends of Scott Walker at Gardner's request and is later reimbursed by WSOR.
14: Stacie Long donates $10,000 to Friends of Scott Walker. The money was given to her by Gardner.
14: Gardner donates $5,000 to Friends of Scott Walker.
15: WSOR employee Jeff Lombard donates $5,000 to Friends of Scott Walker at Gardner's request and is later reimbursed.
21: Garner meets Walker at the Crowne Plaza in Milwaukee.
Late December: Long and Gardner have a falling out that leads to a prolonged dispute over property of Long's that was retained by Gardner.
~February: Garnder solicites WSOR employee Ken Lucht to donate to the Walker campaign and is given $5,000 to do so, but never does.

3: WSOR employee Bernard Meighan donates $5,000 to the Walker campaign after being asked by Gardner. He's later reimbursed by WSOR.
2: WSOR employee David Hackbarth donates $4,900 to the Walker campaign and is later reimbursed.
2: WSOR employee Dale Thomas donates $4,900 and is later reimbursed.
16: Gardner informs Walker campaign fundraiser that Meighan and Lucht will be donating.
13: Gardner meets with Walker at Noodles in Madison.
15: Gardner emails Walker to thank him for a meeting, concluding his message:
Keep up the good work and I will do everything I possibly can to get you in the Governors Mansion... ... ... ....
19: Stacie Long contacts the GAB regarding Gardner's donations.
25: Gardener asks two additional WOSR employees to donate $4,900 to Walker's campaign. They refuse.
10: GAB begins an investigation into Gardner's political contributions.
13: Darlene Wink resigns her position as a constituent services director in Scott Walker's office for using county computers to post political messages on the Journal Sentinel web site. Authorities later confiscate her work computer and executed a search warrant of her home. She also served as the vice chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Republican Party.
18: Gardner discloses the illegal contributions to the GAB.
18: The Walker campaign returns Gardner's money.
21-23: WisGOP convention in Milwaukee. Walker wins the party endorsement for Governor.
24: A search warrant is executed at WSOR.
20: Walker aide Tim Russell has his county computer seized by the Milwaukee DA.
14: Walker wins GOP primary.
~September: Cullen Werwie joins the Walker campaign after working on Brett Davis unsuccessful bid for Lt. Gov.
2: Walker wins general election.
3: Walker campaign treasurer John Hiller is named transition director.
~November: Scott Walker campaign receives a subpoena for campaign emails in the Gardner investigation and hires former US Attorney Steven Biskupic as counsel. 
~November: Attorney General JB Van Hollen refuses a request to investigate impropriety in Scott Walker's Milwaukee County Executive office.
21: Rose Ann Dieck is given immunity in the John Doe investigation.
29: Walker names his cabinet and senior staffers. Cullen Werwie is named spokesman.
3: Walker is sworn in as Governor.
14: Lucht is given immunity in the John Doe investigation.
10: Walker signs the controversial budget bill rolling back many collective bargaining rights for public workers. Lost in the controversy is a provision in the bill that transforms 37 civil service jobs into political appointments.
11: Walker administration announces a grants of $3,647,149; $11,084,39; and $1,454,594; and loans of $455,894 and $1,108,439 loan to repair bridges in Wisconsin.
11: A criminal complaint is filed against Gardner in Washington County. Gardner pleads guilty two felony counts and agrees to serve two years probation. WSOR agrees to pay a civil forfeiture of $166,900.
14: Walker Spokesman Cullen Werwie is given immunity in the John Doe investigation.
11: Department of Workforce Development secretary Manny Perez abruptly resigns his position after just over four months on the job.
11: Walker Campaign treasurer John Hiller is replaced by Kate Lund.
18: Long-time Walker chief of staff Tom Nardelli steps down as administer the department of Safety and Buildings and takes a job as administrator of the state Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services.
21: Tom Nardelli resigns his position in the Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services.
19: Long-time Walker aide Cynthia Archer leaves position as deputy secretary of the Department of Administration to become legislative liaison in the Department of Children and Families, a job she was given a day earlier.
22: This is supposed to be Cynthia Archer's first day in her new job, but she uses six weeks worth of accrued sick leave and delays completing the transition.
25: Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson interviews Heidi Green for the legislative liaison job taken by Archer.
14: Cynthia Archer's home is raided by the FBI.
21: Cynthia Archer is removed from the Walker's Fraud Detection committee.
22: Attorney General JB Van Hollen announces the Department of Justice will not investigate Cynthia Archer.
23: 2001: WisDOT announces a grant of $1,063,200 and $132,900 loan for WSOR.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. 

We also recommend reading the Criminal Complaint filed against Gardner in April, from whence much of the information above was derived.


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