There continues to be scant mention of the Wisconsin connections in the Russian dossier investigation in the state’s mainstream media, even though Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Josh Kaul, and Tim burns have connections with Marc Elias and his firm Perkins Coie. Media Tracker’s reported on the Wisconsin connection after the Washington Post initially broke the news on the funding source of the “Steele Dossier,” but little state media attention has been given to the wider implications this information has in terms of Wisconsin’s own connection to it.
Media Trackers covered the initial story surrounding the “Steele Dossier,” relaying the information from the Washington Post about how the research into Trump’s alleged connections with Russia was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, a well known democratic legal fixer, in turn retained Fusion GPS to conduct the research, who then hired dossier author Christopher Steele.
While the story headlined many national news outlets, in Wisconsin this has particular importance because Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democratic state attorney general candidate Josh Kaul, and Tim Burns who is running for state Supreme Court, all have connections with Elias, as Media Trackers pointed out in the previous article. Elias defended Baldwin during the Tomah VA scandal, and Burns and Kaul are both attorneys as Perkins Coie. While this would seem like information that would be important to Wisconsin news outlets, the mainstream media has little to no coverage of the connections.
Some examples of the minimal coverage of Wisconsin’s connection to the story includes the Journal Sentinel, which wrote a piece concerning the dossier, but only mention Baldwin, Burns, and Kaul, briefly at the very end of the article, and only in pointing out that Republicans “have noted” this connection. The news station WTMJ4 also ran a piece about the dossier information, but completely left out any information about the connection involving Baldwin, Burns, and Kaul.
Although the mainstream media is avoiding mentioning the democrats in Wisconsin who have ties to those involved in the dossier investigation, they aren’t afraid to shine the light on conservatives regarding the issue. The Journal Sentinel wrote an article concerning the conservative website, The Washington Free Beacon, and their connection with Fusion GPS. However the Washington Free Beacon repeatedly claimed it had no prior knowledge of the “Steele Dossier” and was simply interested in opposition research. The Journal Sentinel reported that editor-in-chief, Matthew Continetti, and chairman Michael Goldfarb, insisted they had no connection to the dossier:
“During the 2016 election cycle we retained Fusion GPS to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary, just as we retained other firms to assist in our research into Hillary Clinton. The Free Beacon had no knowledge of or connection to the Steele dossier, did not pay for the dossier, and never had contact with, knowledge of, or provided payment for any work performed by Christopher Steele.”
Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker’s campaign was asked if his campaign was involved with the dossier (the answer was no). While the mainstream media continues to look for Republican connections with “Steele Dossier” investigation, the media continues to largely ignore the real Wisconsin connections to the case.