Skip to comments.Kentucky activist denies wrongdoing in McConnell bugging
Posted on 04/11/2013 7:56:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
April 11, 2013
Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly is denying he engaged in any illegal activity with respect to the alleged recording of a private campaign strategy meeting between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and aides, his attorney said Thursday.
Reilly is also working with federal investigators to locate his associate, Curtis Morrison, the lawyer said.
"Shawn Reilly has cooperated fully with the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI, from the date the recording was released by Mother Jones," attorney Annie O'Connell told The Hill.
O'Connell added: "Our position, our statement, is that Mr. Reilly is innocent of any criminal wrongdoing. He is at most a witness, not a suspect."
Progress Kentucky has been at the center of the controversy surrounding the alleged bugging of McConnell's office in February. McConnell accused the liberal super-PAC of secretly recording a meeting between the senator and his aides in which they debate the merits of attacking actress Ashley Judds mental health, views on religion and attitudes about family.
Judd, a Democrat, was considering a challenge to McConnell in 2014.
A Kentucky Democrat, Jacob Conway, backed up McConnell's claims on Thursday. He told a Kentucky news site, WFPL, that Reilly and Morrison the founders and leaders of Progress Kentucky bragged about the recording to him.
The incident is currently under investigation by the FBI.
"Shawn has provided material assistance to the investigators, and specifically he has provided information that we believe has been helpful in their efforts to locate Curtis Morrison."
O'Connell said that Reilly met with the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI within hours of the release of the tapes by Mother Jones, on Tuesday.
And she disputed Conway's description of events.
"We're aware there's a version of events that's currently being reported where someone purporting to be a spokesman for the Democratic Party is discussing what he believes happened. We completely disavow the version of events that is being circulated," she said.
Conway told multiple outlets that both Morrison and Reilly overheard a private, closed-door conversation in the hallway of McConnell's campaign headquarters, and one taped the conversation while the other held the elevator.
O'Connell did not elaborate on exactly which aspect of Conway's description Reilly disputes, but she did indicate Reilly was in fact present when the recording was made.
"We're not disavowing that he was present. Our client never entered the room where the meeting was taking place," she said.
The recording occurred the day McConnell opened his campaign headquarters in Louisville, Ky.
The meeting was behind a closed and locked door, and the recording happened without the knowledge of the participants, according to McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.
According to Conway, Reilly and Morrison overheard the conversation and recorded it from the hallway outside the meeting room.
The recording revealed McConnell staffers discussing potential lines of attack against Judd and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).
The staffer leading the discussion cited Judd's mental health problems and her views on religion as potential liabilities for the then-prospective candidate. Judd has since decided against a run.
McConnell had previously clashed with the McConnell campaign after the group issued a racially charged tweet involving McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who is of Taiwanese descent.
As I indicated, last month they were attacking my wifes ethnicity, and apparently also bugging my headquarters, much like Nixon and Watergate, McConnell said to reporters on Tuesday.
Thats what the political left does these days, he said.
After Progress Kentucky's first tangle with McConnell, multiple Kentucky Democrats disavowed the organization.
Despite McConnell's attempt to tie the group to the greater "political left," however, Progress Kentucky has few links to the Kentucky Democratic Party, and fewer prominent Democratic supporters still.
According to its first and only Federal Election Commission disclosure, the group raised $1,000 in the month of January, all in small-dollar donations. It raised little more than $6,700 more on its page on Democratic fundraising site ActBlue, with only 187 donors.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a prominent Democratic figure in Kentucky, said he had "never heard of these folks."
"I've helped the Democratic Party and the Democratic Party's legitimate organizations raise money for a long, long time. If I were asked to help them, if that's the kind of conduct they were involved in, I would never work with them," he told The Hill.
He also distanced the state party from the group.
"I'd bet my house that they are not associated with the state Democratic Party," he said.
"These extremist groups are not affiliated with the state Democratic Party and I would wager to say that there are groups like that on the Republican side as well," he added.
Nathan Smith, a prominent Kentucky Democratic donor, told The Hill that he doesn't "know much about" Progress Kentucky.
"I have not had a conversation with them, no. I have no impression I've not seen anything they've done. I don't know who is even behind the group," he said.
NBC reported Thursday that the group's treasurer, Douglas Davis, has resigned.
"I have resigned my position as treasurer and did not and do not condone any allegations of illegal activity that might have taken place," Davis told NBC.
How do these demons manage to keep a straight face while denying that this group, “Progress Kentucky”, has any links to the political left, that including Democrats of all things, while the federal government demons lump fundamentalist Christians in with terrorists?
Hopefully, the FBI and/or the Secret Service show up at the doors of these two moronic pixies in the near future. Racist piggies like these two need to be brought down a notch.
The FBI needs to pull these idiots in, grill them, and send them to a grand jury for indictment. The people a Mother Jones need to be grilled and other indictments handed down. Put this Donkey scum behind bars in the federal slammer for 10 years.
they are liberals- that will never happen UNLESS dear leader throws them to the wolves aqnd gives the media the greenlight to speak ill about them
Obama will make up some new Czar positions just for these people
"...the House Speaker will disavow any knowledge of your actions"
Shawn Reilly was party to a murder a few years back...
I wonder if this incident taught Mitch that he should not trust RATS.
When someone has no conscious, keeping a straight face is no problem.
The dems, ALL of them including the old dems who had their party stolen, now are willing to let the end justify the means.
That’s an interesting link, thanks for posting.
Ask them if they enjoy anal sex.
Rush calls the queer who used to write for The Nation, “Mother Corn”.
Forces have been set in motion. Obama is already practicing his underhand bus toss. None of this will stick to his face, nosiree Bob!
Members of “Progress Kentucky” in action:
if he’s a witness they better force him to tell them who did it or face charges of impeding a felony wiretapping investigation.
His attorney has fingered Curtis Morrison...
“Mr. Reilly is completely innocent of any criminal wrongdoing,” countered Ted Shouse, Reilly’s attorney. “He is, at most, a witness to potential criminal activity.”
Yet, Shouse acknowledged that Reilly was in the Watterson West office building which houses McConnell’s campaign headquarters when the recording was made.
“He was there,” Shouse said. “He was a witness to Mr. Morrison’s activities.”
Shawn Reilly was party to a murder a few years back...Need to keep an eye on this.
I’m guessing these guy’s underestimated how revenge would react.
Looks like the dems are mostly wishing this would go away. Considering how one of the perps has disappeared, this is like gasoline onto a fire. Queerbob Corn’s doing whatever soros says do, but have you seen much about this from the MSM?
Corn is out of his league and this “WaterGate” likeness can easily find he and the two actual illegal recorders becoming sacrificial libs under the bus .
well then he’s more than just a witness. try “ACCOMPLICE”.
That’s the way I see it. One recorded, one held the elevator door open. They were in on it together.
We are a Banana Republic and the Monkeys are glad we are. NOTHING will be done to these criminals because they are DEMOCRATS!!! It’s disgusting.
Who has disappeared?
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo:
“... and I would wager to say that there are groups like that on the Republican side as well,” he added.”
Name one you rump-lump!
“Disappeared” didn't particularly mean by foul play, although depending on how difficult it is for Morrison to be found.
Oh sure. Remember John and Alice Martin? They used a radio scanner to deliberately intercept and tape then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's cell phone call discussing his ethics problems. They then turned the tape over to a Democratic House member.
Did they ever see prison time? No. What happened to them? Did they receive the maximum $5,000 fine - apiece - for the crime? No. They were slapped on the wrist with $500 each.
It seems strange that they happened to be in the hall and "overhear and start recording", yet happened to get the entire conversation. I call BS.
No problem... unless you are the Curtis Morrison who suddenly is hard to find.