The man who reportedly taped a private meeting between campaign aides for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell — and then passed the recording off to Mother Jones — is looking for your help. Curtis Morrison, who became briefly famous in February after he resigned from the underfunded and decidedly amateur political action committee Progress Kentucky, is soliciting contributions from Internet strangers in order to fund his legal fees, which have begun piling up after a Democratic Party official in Kentucky outed Morrison as the source of Mother Jones's story. (Written by David Corn, the report revealed that McConnell aides had discussed the mental illness history of would-be opponent Ashley Judd while preparing for McConnell's 2014 re-election campaign.)
In the letter accompanying the drive, Morrison delicately avoids declaring responsibility for the recording while attacking McConnell's campaign of using "federal employees and a mysterious third party to gather ... Whack-A-Mole research" to be used against political opponents. Any money accrued, he goes on, may be used for food, shelter, and "possibly writing":
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.
If there's any funds leftover, I humbly would like to use them for living expenses, food, finding a new apartment, etc.- until I can procure new employment, hopefully writing.
Morrison ends the plea with an apparent reference to Ashley Judd, whose struggle with depression was identified as a political weakness by McConnell's aides. "If you suffer from depression or mental illness, you are not alone, and you, we, do not deserve to be marginalized or held back," he writes.
According to fundraising page, Morrison hopes to raise $10,000. The progress so far: