That lie helped make Walker governor—three times, including the "defeated"
recall effort—despite the will of the electorate.MCM BUSTED: Wisconsin
GOPers caught plotting with talk radio to spread sham voter fraud claims
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[image: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) speaking at the 2013 Conservative
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political
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Leaked emails published this week show how Wisconsin Republicans attempted
to promote questionable voter fraud claims to mobilize GOP voters.

*The Guardian* on Wednesday published 1,500 leaked documents
were obtained as part of a so-called “John Doe investigation” into
Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s reelection campaign.

Election Law Blog’s Rick Hansen noted
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some of the leaked emails showed how Republicans plotted to gin up their
base by using talk radio to push claims of voter fraud in case
Republican-backed Justice David Prosser lost to the Democratic favorite,
Judge Joanne Kloppenburg.

In one 2011 email chain, former Republican legislative staffer Steve Baas
“we need to start messaging ‘widespread reports of election fraud’ so we
are positively set up for the recount regardless of the final number?”

School voucher lobbyist Scott Jensen, who is a former GOP Assembly Speaker,
suggested using conservative radio hosts to push the idea.
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“Anything fishy should be highlighted,” Jensen replied. “Stories should be
solicited by talk radio hosts.”

Writing for Election Law Blog on Wednesday, Hansen said that the email
discussion “shows that all this talk of fraud is all about manipulating
Republican public opinion to believe that if Democrats won a close Supreme
Court race, and the recall went to a recount, that the election was stolen
by Democratic voter fraud.”

“This cynical ‘messaging’ is sadly validating of what many of us have
said,” he concluded.

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