One of two men accused of taping a private conversation at the campaign headquarters of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has started a legal defense fund.
Curtis Morrison, who resigned as spokesman for the super PAC Progress Kentucky shortly after the recording was made, has not spoken to the press since Mother Jones published the McConnell recording. According to Kentucky Democrat Jacob Conway, Morrison recorded the tape from the hallway outside McConnell's office, with the help of Progress Kentucky executive director Shawn Reilly.
"My name is Curtis Morrison," he writes in a post on GoFundMe.com, a crowd fundraising platform. "I have been cooperating with the ongoing FBI investigation into how the recording was made. While my lawyer is charging a reasonable rate, I could use some help, and would be grateful for whatever you can pitch in."
Morrison hopes to raise $10,000. If any money is left over after his legal expenses are paid, he says, he will use it to pay his own expenses until he finds a new job, hopefully as a writer. Morrison was let go as a freelancer for the online news site Insider Louisville after Conway's accusations were made.
On the tape, McConnell and his top strategists are heard discussing Ashley Judd's history of depression and opinions on religion as potential lines of attack to use against her. Judd ultimately decided not to run against McConnell.
The post does not reference the creation of the tape in any way or include any admission of wrongdoing. However, Morrison argues for the recording's relevance, saying that it helped expose McConnell's attitude towards mental illness as well as a potential campaign finance violation.
Reilly, through a lawyer, has said that he was only a witness to the recording and is helping authorities locate Morrison.
On his personal blog, Morrison linked to the fund Web site, saying he has "a great attorney who is super-reasonable," but "he can't work for free."