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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Bad News for Diamond Jim?

"Diamond" Jim Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin, may have heard some disheartening news today. It seems Dennis Troha, a BIG (like, illegally big) donor to the Governor has copped a plea in his federal case.

Jim, of course, sees the good side right now, nothing in the plea deal is worded in a way to make him give back any of the $200,000 in contributions Troha funnelled to him through his family over the last five years. The (supposed) reason for the money has been to get a casino approved for Kenosha, Wisconsin. Since the Governor is the only word, with no legislative oversight for gaming in the state, it's easy to see why Troha spent so much courting him.

What should be bothering Doyle is the fact that as part of the plea Troha is planning on cooperating with the feds in their continuing investigation.

When you look at the money Troha gave, $18,000 to Bush and the GOP, and $25,000 to Democrats other than Doyle since 2002, and then that $200,000 to Doyle, it's not hard to figure out where the "ongoing investigation" is probably looking.

Doyle will of course, until the end, deny that there is a "For Sale" sign at the door to the Governor's mansion, however, Troha could blow that idea out of the water. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, but my guess is that it won't work well for the Governor.

Technorati Tags: Jim Doyle, Dennis Troha, Pay for Play, Wisconsin, Casinos


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