Oops

So Reince Priebus knew there was illegal coordination between the Wisconsin campaigns and the 501(c)3s and 4 that were investigated by the IRS! (You know, for doing this very thing?) Yoo hoo, Mr. Issa!

A report at Salon.com on this past weekend’s national Conservative Political Action Conference included the following, potentially important revelation about the genesis of Scott Walker’s Act 10 union-busting law (boldfacing is mine):

Panelist Luke Hilgemann, the current Americans for Prosperity COO who formerly led the Koch-backed group’s Wisconsin efforts, told the crowd that the 2011 victory “started back in 2007 on the shores of Lake Michigan,” at a meeting of fifteen intrepid activists who’d “had enough of government overreach,” including then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP head, credited the ability to pass Walker’s reforms in part to the party and Tea Party activists unifying well before the 2010 primarybehind cancidates that made voters “proud to wake up” and vote… .

“Priebus” of course is Reince Priebus, now chair of the Republican National Committee. He went farther, perhaps too far, if you’re a Wisconsin prosecutor looking at examples of, um, coordinated activity among groups some of which are not supposed to coordinate:

“How did we do it in Wisconsin?” [Priebus] asked Saturday morning. “The simplest way I can tell you is we had total and complete unity between the state party, quite frankly, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party groups, the Grandsons of Liberty. The [Glenn Beck-instigated] 9/12ers were involved. It was a total and complete agreement that nobody cared who got the credit, that everyone was going to run down the tracks together.”