Women who appeared at Sunday night’s presidential debate to act as Donald Trump’s hedges against sexism charges received funds from a super PAC directed by longtime Trump ally and Republican “dirty tricks” specialist Roger Stone
According to ABC News, Stone used funds from the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness PAC to pay Kathy Shelton of Arkansas $2,500 as “contract labor” for the campaign, according to records filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
Stone told an Associated Press reporter via email that Shelton “was extensively interviewed on video about her experience with Hillary Clinton and was paid for her time.”
In 1975, Clinton was asked by a judge to defend a 41-year-old man accused of attacking a then 12-year-old Shelton. The prosecution reportedly bungled the case, and Clinton negotiated a plea deal to a lesser charge. Shelton has made the rounds of right-wing media in recent months attempting to derail Clinton’s candidacy.
Another of the women present at Sunday’s debate, Kathleen Willey, was the beneficiary of a fund drive by Stone earlier this year to pay off her mortgage. In a video promoting the fundraiser, Stone said that the Trump campaign contributed to the fund. The campaign, however, denies making any payments to on Willey’s mortgage.
Willey has publicly accused former Pres. Bill Clinton of subjecting her to unwanted sexual advances.
The Trump 2016 campaign purportedly has not endorsed Stone’s activities and claims to be acting independently of the network of super PACs and pro-Trump funds he has organized since leaving the campaign.
Stone is a former aide to Pres. Richard Nixon and has been the source of some of the Trump campaign’s most scurrilous smears against opponents, including accusing Sen. Ted Cruz’s father of involvement in the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy.
Trump claims to have fired Stone from the campaign but sources say that the two longtime confreres are in regular contact and that Stone continues to have Trump’s ear when it comes to campaign tactics and avenues of attack against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.