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Prosecutors say Wisc. Gov. Walker part of criminal campaign scheme

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks after witnessing a signing memorandum of understanding of the commercial deals between U.S. and China at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in this April 15, 2013, file photo. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and others participated in a broad plan to circumvent the state's campaign finance laws during special elections in 2011 and 2012, state prosecutors alleged in formerly sealed court documents released on Thursday.

Prosecutors spelled out their case against Walker, considered a potential 2016 Republican White House hopeful, and others in court documents released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

"The coordination under investigation resulted in either prohibited and illegal in-kind or direct contributions that were not reported by the candidate campaign committees as required by law," prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have not filed charges in the broad probe into alleged illegal campaign coordination between special interest groups and campaigns in Wisconsin.

 (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, David Bailey in Minneapolis and Andy Sullivan in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham)