Ugh this is gross, but not surprising.
On Sunday, three women…Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, all appeared in a photo opp with Donald Trump before the second presidential debate began. The women were invited to remind voters of Bill Clinton’s own sexual transgressions as Trump faced ire over leaked video showing him speaking crudely about his involvement with women. Also attending the news conference was Kathy Shelton, whose rapist was defended by Hillary Clinton as a young lawyer.
As it turns out, they were not there at their own volition.
Shelton was paid $2,500 by a political action committee founded by Trump ally Roger Stone. The payment to Shelton by the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness PAC, founded by Stone, was described as “contract labor” in campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Asked by The Associated Press about the reason for the payment, Stone said in an email that Shelton “was extensively interviewed on video about her experience with Hillary Clinton and was paid for her time.”
In addition, the Trump campaign said it paid for all four women to come to the debate. Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said, “They were our invited guests.”
Initially Broaddrick told reporters that the right wing news outlet Breitbart had actually paid for her travel.