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Morrison files FBI complaint of his own


Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 9:47 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The liberal activist under federal investigation for secretly recording a private McConnell campaign meeting has filed a complaint with the FBI against the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Curtis Morrison alleges an NRSC-created website "intentionally misleads visitors into believing they are on Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign site."

The GrimesforSenate.org website features a photo of the Democratic Senate candidate opposite a photo of President Barack Obama, separated by an "Alison Grimes SENATE" logo with an outline of the state of Kentucky.  Other parts of the website argue that Grimes is not ready for the senate and would perpetuate energy policies harmful to Kentucky's coal industry.

Morrison is not alleging a violation under campaign finance laws, but under federal laws prohibiting "spoofing" websites because the NRSC site invites visitors to make donations to the NRSC.

"If people were intending to give money to Alison Lundergan Grimes, whether they were just not Internet savvy or elderly or what have you, and it ended up in the hands of Republicans or Mitch McConnell, well that's just thievery and that's scandalous and it's not a Kentucky value," Morrison told WHAS11 from Laguna Beach, California.

"The website goes above and beyond to meet all of the legal criteria established by the FEC," countered NRSC spokesman Brook Hougesen, "despite the obsession by Progress Kentucky Operative Curtis Morrison, who has notably become the face and mouthpiece of the Grimes' campaign in the candidate's absence."

"I've never even met Ms. Grimes that I'm aware of and I'm not working for her campaign," Morrison said.  "I think that shows a lot of desperation on behalf of Republicans to smear her if the best that they can do is try to tie her to me."

Morrison argues the confusion was exacerbated because the parody Grimes website was online days before Grimes launched her legitimate campaign website.

"It appears as though Alison Lundergan Grimes and her team first couldn't figure out the internet and now is having trouble navigating Google, so perhaps Mr. Morrison and Progress Kentucky would be better served providing a tutorial for their struggling colleagues and friends," Hougesen said.

As for the status of the FBI investigation of his admitted role in recording a February meeting at the McConnell campaign headquarters, Morrison said neither he or his attorney have had contact with the Department of Justice in weeks.