Mother Jones’ David Corn makes award-winning political journalism look so easy, and he doesn’t even have to hire reporters. It looks like Progress Kentucky, or at least former members of the liberal super PAC behind the racist attack on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s “Chinese wife,” donated their services to provide Corn with his secret audio recording of a McConnell campaign strategy session.

Accepting his Polk award for publicizing Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” fundraiser, which was secretly recorded by a bartender working the event, Corn called his emerging specialty “journalism verité.”

So, who exactly are these crack reporters working their way into the news business? Jacob Conway, a member of the executive committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Party, said that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison of Progress Kentucky confessed to making the recording of the meeting.

The treasurer of Progress Kentucky reportedly resigned from the group once Mother Jones made the recording public, but he wasn’t the first to resign from the group over its tactics.

Are the remaining members helping or hurting their cause with stunts like secret recordings?

Corn is keeping his association with Progress Kentucky under wraps for the moment, but he insists the recording was vetted by Mother Jones lawyers and the magazine’s use of it was legal, regardless of how it was obtained originally.

McConnell might not suffer any consequences, but will the same go for Progress Kentucky?

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WHAS-TV’s Joe Arnold is reporting that one man reported to have been behind the recording is passing that legal hot potato to the other.