Progress Kentucky http://wkms.org en Controversial Liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky Shuts Down http://wkms.org/post/controversial-liberal-super-pac-progress-kentucky-shuts-down <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/logo-trans.png" alt="" /><p>The controversy-plagued super PAC Progress Kentucky is no more.<p>The Federal Election Commission <a href="http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?_13330035772+0">has posted the termination letter</a> acknowledging that Progress Kentucky founder and treasurer Shawn Reilly sought to close the PAC.<p>The PAC was founded in December 2012 with the goal of unseating Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:28:10 +0000 Gabe Bullard & Phillip M. Bailey 33926 at http://wkms.org Groups Sues IRS Over Targeting, as McConnell Releases Ad on Same Issue http://wkms.org/post/groups-sues-irs-over-targeting-mcconnell-releases-ad-same-issue <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">A new online advertisement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign focuses on the&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/term/irs" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none" target="_blank">targeting of conservative groups by the IRS</a>—an issue the campaign says it's not going to let slip out of the public discourse.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">The nearly three minute ad uses speeches from McConnell on the IRS issue before it became a national controversy, as well as media reports and testimony from IRS officials to Congress.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px"> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:09:30 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31805 at http://wkms.org Groups Sues IRS Over Targeting, as McConnell Releases Ad on Same Issue Beshear Calls McConnell Recording 'Deplorable,' Criticizes McConnell's Remarks http://wkms.org/post/beshear-calls-mcconnell-recording-deplorable-criticizes-mcconnells-remarks <p></p><p>Gov. Steve Beshear is criticizing the secret recording of a campaign meeting of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell that was leaked.&nbsp;</p><p>Two members of Progress Kentucky, Shawn Reilly and Curt Morrison, have been&nbsp;implicated by a Jefferson County Democratic official&nbsp;as being behind who secretly recorded the McConnell meeting. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:04:16 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 30727 at http://wkms.org Beshear Calls McConnell Recording 'Deplorable,' Criticizes McConnell's Remarks One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund http://wkms.org/post/one-two-men-implicated-mcconnell-recording-starts-legal-fund <p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Curtis Morrison, one of two Democratic activists&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/source-progress-kentucky-behind-mitch-mcconnell-campaign-recording" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none" target="_blank">implicated in recording a campaign strategy session of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell,&nbsp;</a>is starting a legal defense fund.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Morrison tweeted out a link to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gofundme.com/2lkkw4" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none" target="_blank">gofundme.com</a>&nbsp;page&nbsp;Monday afternoon. The website lists a $10,000 goal.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">Morrison does not say whether he was behind the recording.<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/alleged-mcconnell-recorder-curtis-morrison-isnt-hiding" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(12,76,162);text-decoration:none" target="_blank"> He says he has been working&nbsp;</a>with the FBI on that matter. Morrison could not be reached for comment. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:46:13 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 30587 at http://wkms.org One of Two Men Implicated in McConnell Recording Starts Legal Fund Being 'Witness' May Not Keep Progress Kentucky Leader from Being Charged http://wkms.org/post/being-witness-may-not-keep-progress-kentucky-leader-being-charged <p></p><p>One leader of a liberal Super PAC implicated in secretly recording a U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell campaign meeting is trying to backtrack from those accusations.</p><p>As first reported by WHAS 11, attorneys for Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly say he denies anything more than just being at McConnell's office when the recording happened.&nbsp; Reilly’s attorneys are putting the blame on Curtis Morrison, the second Progress Kentucky staffer being accused.&nbsp;Reilly's attorneys have not returned multiple calls to them since Friday. &nbsp;</p><p>Mother Jones magazine published the secret recording last week, and legal experts say it could be considered eavesdropping.&nbsp; But Louisville criminal defense lawyer Brendan McLeod says just being a witness to eavesdropping is murky legal ground.&nbsp; Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:02:58 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 30562 at http://wkms.org Being 'Witness' May Not Keep Progress Kentucky Leader from Being Charged Kentucky PAC Recording of Sen. McConnell Stirs Controversy http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-pac-recording-sen-mcconnell-stirs-controversy <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday, WFPL News reported that Progress Kentucky, a liberal Super PAC, was behind the secret recording of a recent campaign strategy session between Senator Mitch McConnell and his re-election team.&nbsp; The story has exploded, and it's the second time Progress Kentucky has drawn national headlines. And as Kentucky Public Radio's Gabe Bullard reports, neither incident has done the group any favors.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:03:11 +0000 Gabe Bullard (KPR), Kenny Colston (KPR) & Phillip M. Bailey (KPR) 30515 at http://wkms.org Kentucky PAC Recording of Sen. McConnell Stirs Controversy Liberal PAC Leader a Witness in McConnell Probe http://wkms.org/post/liberal-pac-leader-witness-mcconnell-probe <p>The attorney for the director of a liberal Kentucky political fundraising group says his client is cooperating with an FBI investigation into a secret recording of a campaign meeting held by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. That recording was leaked to Mother Jones magazine.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:15:23 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 30499 at http://wkms.org Liberal PAC Leader a Witness in McConnell Probe Source: Progress Kentucky Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording http://wkms.org/post/source-progress-kentucky-behind-mitch-mcconnell-campaign-recording <p><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mother-jones-obtains-secret-tape-mcconnell-campaign-strategy-session">A secret recording of a campaign strategy session</a> between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.</p><p>Mother Jones Magazine released the tape this week. The meeting itself took place on Feb. 2.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:07:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey, Kenny Colston (KPR) & Gabe Bullard 30453 at http://wkms.org Source: Progress Kentucky Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording Liberal Super PAC Goes After Mitch McConnell's 'Chinese' Wife http://wkms.org/post/liberal-super-pac-goes-after-mitch-mcconnells-chinese-wife <p></p><p>A Democratic group is under <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/liberal-super-pac-goes-after-mitch-mcconnells-chinese-wife">sharp criticism for online </a>messages targeting U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:36:33 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 28579 at http://wkms.org Liberal Super PAC Goes After Mitch McConnell's 'Chinese' Wife