Prosecutors: Wisconsin Gov. Part of Campaign Scheme

(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and others participated in a broad plan to circumvent the state’s campaign finance laws during special elections in 2011 and 2012, state prosecutors alleged in formerly sealed court documents released on Thursday.

Prosecutors spelled out their case against Walker, who is seeking re-election this year and is considered a potential 2016 Republican White House candidate, and others in court documents released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

“The coordination under investigation resulted in either prohibited and illegal in-kind or direct contributions that were not reported by the candidate campaign committees as required by law,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have not filed charges in the broad investigation into alleged illegal campaign coordination between special interest groups and campaigns in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Club for Growth filed a suit in federal court in February in an attempt to block the investigation from continuing.

Prosecutors said their investigation “focuses on a wide-ranging scheme” to coordinate activities during recall elections of state Senate candidates in 2011 and Walker in 2012.

Walker became the first governor to survive a recall election.