MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling halting an investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and more than two dozen conservative groups for alleged illegal campaign activity.
The ruling Wednesday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is a defeat for Walker and conservatives who argued they have done nothing wrong and the investigation is a partisan witch hunt.
Wisconsin Club for Growth and its director, Eric O’Keefe , sued in February to halt the investigation, arguing that it was a violation of their free speech rights.
A federal judge in May sided with the group, but the appeals court reversed that ruling saying the fight belongs in state courts.
The investigation remains effectively blocked, however, because of a state judge’s ruling in January.