A secret recording of one of Sen. McConnell’s campaign meetings suggests Sen. McConnell may have illegally used his official staff and resources to conduct campaign activities.
The recording indicated Sen. McConnell’s then-chief of staff and several legislative assistants helped compile opposition research on some of the senator’s potential campaign opponents while on the taxpayer’s clock. CREW asked the FBI and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether Sen. McConnell broke federal law or Senate rules, which prohibit congressional staff from engaging in campaign activity on official time or using official resources.
- Five-term U.S. Senator from Kentucky and Senate Minority Leader
- Secretly recorded discussing opposition research conducted by his official staff against potential campaign opponents, possibly in violation of federal law and Senate rules
- One of two members of Congress from Kentucky named to CREW’s Most Corrupt
- Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt report in 2007, 2008, and 2009