Mitch McConnell appears to have been right about the source of the leaked tape of his staff disparaging Ashley Judd, if not the methodology. According to a Kentucky Democratic official, staff of the liberal PAC Progress Kentucky recorded the meeting from a hallway — precisely the group McConnell initially identified.
The day of the recording, apparently February 2, McConnell's campaign held an event to open his campaign headquarters. After the event, and after most of the attendees had left, the campaign team retired to a meeting room for a strategy session. Louisville's WFPL explains what happened next.
Jacob Conway, who is on the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, says that day, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded the meeting. …
“They were in the hallway after the, I guess after the celebration and hoopla ended, apparently these people broke for lunch and had a strategy meeting, which is, in every campaign I've been affiliated with, makes perfect sense,” says Conway. “One of them held the elevator, the other one did the recording and they left. That was what they told to me from them directly.”
Politico reports McConnell's campaign manager saying that the door to the meeting room had a vent that could easily have allowed sound to pass through into an adjacent hallway.