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AP source: Walker in talks to end campaign probe

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A person close to an investigation of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign says Walker's attorney is discussing a possible settlement with the lead investigator that would end the probe.
   The person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity said he could not do so publicly because of a secrecy order covering the investigation.
   The person said he had spoken with several people with direct knowledge of the discussions between prosecutors and Walker's attorney.
   The secret investigation, known as a John Doe, focuses on alleged illegal coordination between conservative groups, Walker's campaign and others during recall elections in 2011 and 2012.
   The Wall Street Journal in an editorial on Wednesday first reported on the possible settlement.
   Walker's campaign attorney, Steve Biskupic, has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.
   27 News was unable to reach John Doe prosecutor Francis Schmitz.
   In a statement, a spokesperson for another target of the probe, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, chided the Governor's campaign for considering a settlement, noting the organization was continuing to fight for the right to express political and policy positions. A recent, federal court ruling characterized any coordination between conservative, issue advocacy groups and the Governor's campaign as allowable under free speech protections.
   Conservative blogger David Blaska tells 27 News the ruling puts prosecutors on the run, and urges the governor to refrain from striking any settlement in the case.
   Scot Ross of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now says if the campaign's attorney is involved in talks with prosecutors, it is tantamount to an admission of some wrongdoing by Walker's campaign.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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