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Judge denies request to add GAB as defendant in John Doe probe lawsuit

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - One of the targets of the John Doe probe into the state's recall elections has been turned down in its request to add more defendants.

The Wisconsin Club for Growth asked Federal Judge Rudolph Randa to add the Government Accountability Board and its director Kevin Kennedy to the lawsuit. But Randa says he can't do it while prosecutors appeal the judge's earlier order which halted the investigation at least for now.

Randa said it's the "better course of action" to keep matters at a standstill while the cases goes through the appeals process.

The judge said the Government Accountability Board could file its own friend of the court brief if it chooses.

The two-year-old John Doe has looked into allegations that Republican recall candidates, including Governor Scott Walker, illegally coordinated their campaigns with outside groups.

The Club for Growth said the probe violated its free speech rights, by keeping the group quiet during this year's active election cycle.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)