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Report: Wisconsin Club for Growth rejects possible John Doe settlement

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  One of the targets of the state's John Doe probe into the Republican recall elections is trying to stop a possible settlement to end the investigation. Attorney David Rivkin of the Wisconsin Club for Growth wrote special prosecutor Francis Schmitz yesterday. Rivkin said any settlement that prevents the group from having contact with Governor Scott Walker's campaign would violate Federal Judge Rudolph Randa's injunction which halted the John Doe probe earlier this month.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Schmitz asked Judge Randa to confirm that the two sides can freely have settlement talks. Schmitz's attorney also said his client has not violated the injunction. The judge said the two-year-old investigation violated the Club for Growth's free speech rights, by preventing any contact between the group and the Walker campaign while the probe takes place. Prosecutors are appealing Randa's order.

The Wall Street Journal first reported this week that settlement talks are taking place between prosecutor Schmitz and the Walker camp -- which is being dogged by the investigation during the governor's current re-election bid against Democrat Mary Burke. The John Doe has been looking into alleged illegal campaign coordination between outside groups -- including the Club for Growth -- and Republican recall candidates in 2011 and 2012.