Democrats Using Embezzlement Scandal to Raise Money

1/12/12 – Wisconsin Democrats are using the criminal cases against two former Scott Walker aides to raise money to try and recall the Republican governor. State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate put out an e-mail yesterday urging supporters to donate 10-dollars to quote, “expose Scott Walker’s latest scandal involving more than 60-thousand-dollars that was stolen from military veterans and their families.” Tate said he’d like the donations by Tuesday, the next deadline for filing campaign finance reports. Two of Walker’s former Milwaukee County aides, Tim Russell and Kevin Kavanaugh, were charged last week with embezzling money from an annual appreciation event for veterans at the county zoo. Walker said it was his office that initially took the matter to prosecutors — and he hoped it wouldn’t affect the current effort to recall him from the governor’s office. Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski defends his party’s effort to take advantage of the case, even though it doesn’t touch Walker directly. State G-O-P director Stephan Thompson would not comment on it.