October 27, 2017

Contact: James Wigderson

Editor, RightWisconsin


Will the Wisconsin Media Follow the Wisconsin Connections to the Russian Dossier Story?

WAUKESHA – RightWisconsin reported Thursday on the ties between three prominent Wisconsin Democrats running for office in 2018 and the Russian dossier scandal reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. You can read the whole story. “Russian Dossier Law Firm Perkins Coie Has Connections to Wisconsin Democrats,” at

However, the Wisconsin media largely ignored the story except for a brief mention at the very end of a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asking Governor Scott Walker if he had a role in creating the infamous dossier. (Spoiler alert, he didn’t.) And the Journal Sentinel, rather than presenting the Wisconsin Democratic connections as facts, instead dismissed the connections as something Republicans are pointing out.

This morning, we point out in an editorial, Looking for Dossier Connections in All the Wrong Placesthat no other Wisconsin newspaper has reported on the connection between Wisconsin’s Democrats and Marc Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie.

“The story is right there for the writing but, like OJ Simpson looking for the real killers, the liberal media would rather chase a phantom Republican than embarrass the Democrats,” the editorial concludes.

The Washington Post reported that Marc Elias and the law firm Perkins Coie was hired by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to retain Fusion GPS to do the research contained in the now-infamous Russian dossier about President Donald Trump.

Elias and Perkins Coie are well-known to Wisconsin’s Democrats. Elias was the political fixer hired by Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin after it was reported her office ignored warnings about problems at the Tomah VA hospital. Tim Burns, a candidate for state Supreme Court, and Josh Kaul, a candidate for Attorney General, are also attorneys with Perkins Coie.

We challenge our colleagues in the Wisconsin media to actually pursue a story that is right there in front of them.

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