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Progress Kentucky Allegedly Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording

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An audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell having a an opposition research meeting on his potential opponent Ashley Judd was published by Mother Jones. The meeting reveals McConnell and co-conspirators planning a nasty campaign against Judd including mental health smears. Further issues arose when the transcription seemed to indicate that McConnell may have been using government staff for campaign business, a violation of the law.

Now it seems the source of the leaked audio to Mother Jones has been identified as coming from a Kentucky based Super PAC, Progress Kentucky.

A Democratic official in Kentucky told a local radio station Thursday that two men affiliated with the controversial Progress Kentucky super PAC told him they were responsible for the secretly recording one of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategy meetings.

Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Party’s executive committee, told Louisville’s NPR affiliate two Progress Kentucky employees bragged to him about recording the meeting through a door in McConnell’s office.

Conway said Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison told him they snuck into McConnell’s freshly-opened campaign office February 2, not long after McConnell held an open house for GOP activists and media members. They heard the meeting going on through a closed door and recorded it.

Though Kentucky is a one-party consent state in terms of recording conversations, if the allegations prove correct the Progress Kentucky activists possibly violated the law and could face charges.

Regardless of the source, the recording is a remarkable insight into the logic and practices of modern campaigning and opposition research. The McConnell team’s apparent ruthlessness and lack of ethical curiosity speaks volumes about Mitch McConnell as a man and a public official.

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Progress Kentucky Allegedly Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording

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An audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell having a an opposition research meeting on his potential opponent Ashley Judd was published by Mother Jones. The meeting reveals McConnell and co-conspirators planning a nasty campaign against Judd including mental health smears. Further issues arose when the transcription seemed to indicate that McConnell may have been using government staff for campaign business, a violation of the law.

Now it seems the source of the leaked audio to Mother Jones has been identified as coming from a Kentucky based Super PAC, Progress Kentucky.

A Democratic official in Kentucky told a local radio station Thursday that two men affiliated with the controversial Progress Kentucky super PAC told him they were responsible for the secretly recording one of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign strategy meetings.

Jacob Conway, a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Party’s executive committee, told Louisville’s NPR affiliate two Progress Kentucky employees bragged to him about recording the meeting through a door in McConnell’s office.

Conway said Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison told him they snuck into McConnell’s freshly-opened campaign office February 2, not long after McConnell held an open house for GOP activists and media members. They heard the meeting going on through a closed door and recorded it.

Though Kentucky is a one-party consent state in terms of recording conversations, if the allegations prove correct the Progress Kentucky activists possibly violated the law and could face charges.

Regardless of the source, the recording is a remarkable insight into the logic and practices of modern campaigning and opposition research. The McConnell team’s apparent ruthlessness and lack of ethical curiosity speaks volumes about Mitch McConnell as a man and a public official.

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