Bruce Rauner ‘Role Model’ Scott Walker Participated in ‘Criminal Scheme’ Prosecutors Allege

Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)–June 19, 2014.  Prosecutors allege in court documents released today that Bruce Rauner’s “role model,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, was at the center of a nationwide “criminal scheme” to circumvent state campaign finance and election laws.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Scott Walker sent an email in 2011 to Karl Rove telling him that Walker campaign adviser and Wisconsin Club for Growth spokesman R.J. Johnson would lead the coordination efforts now under investigation. 

“These serious allegations of criminal behavior against Bruce Rauner’s ‘role model’ Scott Walker should worry every Illinois voter.  We can’t trust Bruce Rauner when he chooses his role models so poorly,” said Neal Waltmire, Communications Director for Illinois Freedom PAC.

Rauner has given $200,000 to the Club for Growth, whose Wisconsin affiliate is also at the center of the alleged criminal conspiracy.


Club  for Growth Donation

January 15, 2004: Rauner Donated $200,000 To Club For Growth. [fec.gov]

Rauner’s praise of Scott Walker

“Rauner says he would model his governorship after those of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.” – Associated Press, http://bigstory.ap.org/article/illinois-voters-pick-gop-governor-nominee 

Rauner “calls Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels his political mentors” – National Review, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/373679/illinoiss-scott-walker-eliana-johnson/page/0/1

Chicago Magazine: “Which governors do you admire?” Rauner: “… Scott Walker in Wisconsin has done good things” http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/July-2013/Rauner-Interview/ 

“Rauner, the retired chairman of the private equity firm GTCR, has been meeting privately with Republican governors from Wisconsin’s Scott Walker to Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal to New Jersey’s Chris Christie, as well as former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.” – Chicago Tribune, www.articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-28/news/ct-met-kass-0228-20130228_1_bruce-rauner-republican-candidates-republican-governors  

“Rauner, Brady, and Dillard are enamored with Republican governors, Indiana’s former governor Mitch Daniels chief among them. He’s a “personal role model” for Rauner who said, “I’ve been studying with the great governors of America [which also include Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, and Michigan’s Rick Synder] for the last couple of years.” http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/March-2014/Rauner-Gets-Beat-Up-at-GOP-Debate-As-His-Opponents-Run-Out-of-Time/

Source: Illinois Freedom PAC