— A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who was caught up
in a secret investigation into illegal campaigning is
suing the prosecutor who conducted the probe, saying he
and others infringed on her civil rights by raiding her
home and seizing her personal emails.
Archer, a Walker top aide when he served as Milwaukee
County executive, claimed the defendants conducted a
"continuous campaign of intimidation and
harassment" against her and others. The lawsuit named
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and four
other assistants or investigators. She seeks unspecified
damages for violation of her constitutional rights to free
speech and association and unreasonable search and
enforcement officials raided Archer's Madison home in
September 2011 as part of the investigation into illegal
campaign work by employees of Walker's office when he was
county executive. Archer was targeted because of her role
in drafting Act 10, the legislation that essentially ended
collective bargaining for public unions, according to her
attorney, David Rivkin Jr. The complaint also said Archer
was subjected to months of aggressive interrogations.
Archer nor Walker was charged, but six other Walker aides
or associates were convicted on a variety of charges,
including two for doing illegal campaign work in 2010.
is America, and in America we don't let the authorities
raid people's homes and treat them like criminals because
of their political beliefs and associations," Rivkin
said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
and Archer did not immediately return calls seeking
who is expected to seek the Republican nomination for
president, has previously denied knowing about any illegal
activity and has refused to address how much he knew about
county workers doing illegal campaign work.
into Walker's associates led to a second John Doe
investigation into whether Walker's 2012 recall campaign
illegally coordinated with conservative groups. That
investigation is on hold after one of the groups,
Wisconsin Club for Growth, and its director, Eric O'Keefe,
asked the state Supreme Court to rule on the probe's
and O'Keefe contend the investigation is a violation of
their First Amendment rights and an attempt to criminalize
political speech. The court is expected to rule this
Walker was elected governor, Archer became deputy
secretary of the Department of Administration. She
currently works as chief information technology officer
for the state public defender's office.