ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has agreed to not moderate an ABC News-sponsored Republican primary debate after it was revealed that he had given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulos acknowledged the donation was inappropriate saying “In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have, even though I did it for the best reasons.”

Prior to joining ABC News Stephanopoulos served as communications director under President Bill Clinton and led the communications team on Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign famously recorded in the documentary film The War Room. In the film Stephanopoulos and Democratic strategist James Carville methodically work to manipulate the news media into adopting a pro-Clinton narrative.

Stephanopoulos left the Clinton White House in 1996 after Clinton was successfully re-elected and later wrote a book titled All Too Human: A Political Education about the Clinton experience which became a best-seller and set up his journalism career. He then joined ABC News first as an analyst then a correspondent and eventually an anchor. Stephanopolous maintained his strong relationship with the Clintons, though up until now it was not known that there was a financial aspect to that relationship.

The Stephanopoulos revelations are just the latest controversy for the Clinton Foundation which continues to face scrutiny for its shady fundraising practices conducted while Hillary Clinton served as the secretary of state. Unease with the fundraising practices have been amplified by a corresponding scandal regarding Hillary Clinton refusing to comply with federal record keeping rules when serving at the State Department.

What additional deal-making between the Clinton Foundation and foreign/corporate interests was facilitated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and subordinates will be a lot harder to know now that those emails have been destroyed.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.


  1. Shutter
    May 15, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    George is out? Round up the Usual Lackeys and be quick about it.

  2. oldhippiejan
    May 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Imho, the debates are a waste of time. It’s more or less a contest to see who can tell the biggest damn lie and perpetrate a giant hoax in front of the ‘Murikan people pretending they actually give a damn about the 99%. oldhippiejan

  3. sihlkee
    May 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Will he be replaced with someone that openly admits their biases, or will it be someone attempting to hide their biases from the audience but failing miserably? The latter of course.

  4. nyctuber
    May 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    What debate. What are they debating. Nothing. It’s a personality contest, and to see who is the better liar. None of these candidates aside from Sanders have the remotest chance of doing anything they promise.

  5. bsbafflesbrains
    May 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    His bias toward Democrat billionaires might prompt him to ask “real” questions like “Why do you want to be President?” Hey did Roger Mudd donate to the Reagan Foundation? Kabuki show has no real issues or debate in it’s future. Sanders will lose but some progressive smell will adhere to HRCshe will be Obama in a pants suit. Matthew 7:15 is still in effect.
    I’ll vote Sanders in an open primary and Jill Stein in the General unless Marshall Law has been declared in the meantime.

    Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

  6. Guest
    May 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I would love to see what is on that server.

  7. jo6pac
    May 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    “I’ll vote Sanders in an open primary and Jill Stein in the General unless Marshall Law has been declared in the meantime.”
    LOL but sad at the same time;)

  8. May 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Sanders is Ed Mc Mahon to Hillary’s Johnny Carson

    The DNC needs a “competitive” Primary season or there will be no campaign momentum for the General Campaign

    Sanders’ role: direct a few mild jabs at Hillary, bloviate for the cameras. When Hillary waves her royal scepter, Sanders will bow out and Lesser of Two Evils, you know the rest. Yada. yada. yada.

  9. May 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Meh. Hillary or Bernie? Either way it leads to bomb Iran

  10. nyctuber
    May 15, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Really, you need to pin a ‘bloviate’ label on Sanders. That’s remarkable. I’ll vote for the only legit candidate, Sanders.

  11. May 15, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    You heard it here first: when Bernie’s Road Show folds it tent, he will exhort his supporters to vote Hillary

    What’s he doing running for Pres on a Democratic ticket? I thought he was an “Independent”

    Kabuki scam

    It’s Warren or the Hillary Leviathan

    Besides Rahm Emmanuel has been chosen (no pun) to be our first Jewish President

  12. May 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    How casual has Pay for Play become?

  13. nyctuber
    May 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I’m glad he’s running as a D, he stands a better chance. His positions (backed by an actual voting record) have been consistent for decades. Misplaced cynicism is frankly nauseating, and the term ‘kabuki’ is meaningless.

  14. PCM
    May 16, 2015 at 1:45 am

    If Bernie ran as a leftist third-party candidate rather than as a Democrat, he would get the same media coverage and the same access to debates that Jill Stein got four years ago: zero. The mainstream media will still do everything they can to make the Democratic primary campaign All Hillary, All The Time, but as a Democratic challenger Bernie stands a slight chance of getting mentioned in passing, if only so American broadcasters can maintain a fig leaf of objectivity and independence.

  15. May 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Fair enough. But I haven’t voted for a Democrat since the Obamacare bait and switch. I will never vote for a Dem again for the rest of my life. Don’t care who, what or when.

    What is nauseating for me is thinking that Bernie’s campaign is a serious threat to Hillary’s inevitability. Thus the kabuki comment

    What happened to Milliband lies in wait for Hillary. I will say ha and ha when it happens

    We don’t have Democracy anymore. Just twin wings of the corporate party in the United State of Oligarchy. I refuse to participate any longer in Just a little to the left of the R’s

  16. nyctuber
    May 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Not too many people will argue it’s an Oligarchy, but Sanders is as legit as it can get. Whether it means anything when Congress is 95% bought is another story. Imo one of the main things about Obama is an effort to make people give up on voting entirely. He embodies (at least in words and personality) what most people think a Progressive D would be. But he’s obviously the exact opposite, with a few shiny pennies tossed in occasionally to confuse the issue. The only reason I’d vote for Hillary is the SCOTUS, and it probably will come down to that. But I personally have had enough of preemptively giving up because a candidate ‘can’t win.’ If voters ignored entirely the absurd lie-fest of primaries and debates and voted right now on Sanders’ record and positions, he could win.

  17. angryspittle
    May 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    So…. will Fox be barred from airing any debates? Seems only fair.