It's been a rough few months for prominent tea party super-PAC FreedomWorks; president Matt Kibbe is currently under investigation for allegedly using the advocacy group's resources to promote his own book, amongst various other shady activities.
But this isn't your run-of-the-mill inquiry. According to Mother Jones's David Corn, one potential topic is a promotional video that includes a scene in which a female intern in a panda suit pretends to go down on another female intern wearing a Hillary Clinton mask.
(We'll let you process that for a moment while we envision all the potential Tumblr opportunities: Sexts from Hillary! Pandas and Politics! K, done.)
Investigators were trying to figure out whether Kibbe was using FreedomWorks resources and donor funds to "live the high life," but it turns out some high rollers prefer coercing their female interns into furry role-play to Ferraris.
Some FreedomWorks staffers worried last year about a promotional video created ahead of FreePAC, a FreedomWorks conference held on July 26, 2012, where thousands of conservative grassroots activists nearly filled the American Airlines Center in Dallas to hear from tea party favorites, including Glenn Beck and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). The short film hailing FreedomWorks was intended to play on the large video screens inside the arena.
In one segment of the film, according to a former official who saw it, Brandon is seen waking from a nap at his desk. In what appears to be a dream or a nightmare, he wanders down a hallway and spots a giant panda on its knees with its head in the lap of a seated Hillary Clinton and apparently performing oral sex on the then-secretary of state. Two female interns at FreedomWorks were recruited to play the panda and Clinton. One intern wore a Hillary Clinton mask. The other wore a giant panda suit that FreedomWorks had used at protests to denounce progressives as panderers...Placing the panda in the video, a former FreedomWorks staffer says, was "an inside joke."
When higher-ups weren't convincing interns it would be totally hilarious to simulate sex acts on each other while dressed as the Secretary of State and a beloved endangered animal, they allegedly deigned to engage in more basic forms of sexual harassment:
"I heard complaints of insensitive, boorish behavior and of obnoxious references to the condition of pregnancy," Armey says. "Such comments put you in jeopardy of lawsuits." A former FreedomWorks official says, "There was a pattern of misbehavior and inappropriateness that rubbed people the wrong way."
And they say liberal morals are ruining America.