MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has handed Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker a major victory by ending an investigation into whether the governor's 2012 recall campaign coordinated illegally with conservative groups.
No one had been charged in the investigation, but questions about the probe have dogged Walker for months. The court's action Thursday eliminates a legal headache for Walker, who is in his first week campaigning since declaring the White House bid.
The case revolves around political activity by Wisconsin Club for Growth and other conservative groups during the 2012 recall election, which was spurred by Democratic anger over Walker's law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
Prosecutors in Milwaukee accused Walker's campaign and the groups of violating state law by coordinating their efforts. The groups denied wrongdoing.