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This afternoon the good folks at WFPL FM reported the source of the leak of information that was given to Mother Jones. Jacob Conway, on the executive committee of the Jefferson County [Louisville] Democratic Party, told WFPL that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison of Progress Kentucky bragged to him about recording the meeting, which was held Feb. 2 at a newly opened McConnell campaign office in Louisville, Ky.
Conway later told Fox News that he outed the leak because he “didn’t want the actions by Reilly and Morrison to inflict damage on Democrats in Kentucky.”
What is more interesting than the leak or the recording itself is the possibility of election law violations by Mitch McConnell and his team. According to Addicting Info.
Two questions arose regarding the meeting – did McConnell used Legislative assistants, who are paid for by taxpayers during the campaign planning session and just who was the [Presenter] at the meeting presenting opposition research? Was it a member of McConnell’s Senate staff or, as some suggest, was it someone from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads SuperPAC, the group that put out a hit-piece on Ashley Judd – just FIVE DAYS LATER. Neither would be legal under federal law.
Today the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the FBI and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether McConnell violated federal law and Senate rules by misusing Senate staff or resources to conduct opposition research on potential campaign opponents.
Would it not be ironic if after McConnell complained so hard about his office being bugged to the FBI, that it actually results in an investigation about whether he violated election laws. It is always true that if you start digging a grave, you better dig two.