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Ruling deals setback in secret investigation

Gov. Scott Walker

Ruling deals setback in secret investigation

By Colin Bennett. CREATED Jan 11, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin judge quashed subpoenas and ordered the return of property to the targets of a secret campaign-finance investigation involving Gov. Scott Walker.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Judge Gregory A. Peterson ruled Friday some of those subpoenas were improper.

He's overseeing the so-called John Doe investigation into Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups.

Peterson wrote they "do not show probable cause that the moving parties committed any violations of the campaign finance laws." His opinion remains under seal but the newspaper obtained a copy.

The newspaper reported in November a special prosecutor subpoenaed the campaign and groups seeking records and fundraising information related to recall attempts in 2011 and 2012 that targeted Walker and Republican state senators.

Peterson said he could not comment Saturday.