Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 13, 2013
So long, Progress Kentucky. The controversial progressive super PAC established to take down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November 2014 is officially disbanding, according to paperwork filed with the Federal Elections Commission last week.
The request to terminate the super PAC was approved by the FEC on Friday, according to The Washington Post. While the group’s inability to fundraise – as of their last filing report Progress Kentucky had only raised $15,000 – likely went into the decision to fold, Progress Kentucky has also found itself involved in a variety of scandals, including one that has led to a government investigation.
The group is under investigation for bugging the senior senator’s campaign headquarters and subsequently leaking a recording of a secret strategy meeting between McConnell and his campaign staffto Mother Jones magazine in April. According to POLITICO, Jacob Conway, a Jefferson County Democratic Party official, told the media – and later the Federal Bureau of Investigations – about the alleged bugging.
One of the people involved in the bugging, Curtis Morrison, came clean to Salon magazine in May about his involvement in the matter.
Progress Kentucky also received flack for posting a racially charged tweet about McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. The tweet alleged that Chao, who is Chinese-American, was advising the Senate Minority Leader on outsourcing jobs to China. The group later apologized and removed the controversial tweet.
Although it just filed the paperwork this month, Progress Kentucky has been effectively dormant since the FBI investigation started in April. The group’s website is “down for maintenance” and the Twitter page hasn’t been updated since April.
The 2014 Kentucky Senate election is expected to be the most expensive in history, costing upwards of $100 million. McConnell faces Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in the primary and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the general.