Although it's been buried under a great number of newsworthy stories, Hillary Clinton has a new scandal on her hands that reinforces every Clinton stereotype you've heard.
In 2011, when she was serving as secretary of state, Clinton and her top staff chose a major donor with no qualifications for an important national security panel. Not only that, but they also hurried through a top-secret clearance for him.
According to emails released under a Freedom of Information request by the group Citizens United, State Department staff were pressured to fast-track the high security clearance for Rajiv Fernando, a 29-year-old securities trader who had given $5 million for the Clinton Foundation and has raised money for Clinton's current campaign.
After ABC News began investigating Fernando's appointment, emails show that State Department press staffers panicked amongst themselves, knowing that Fernando's name had been moved ahead of qualified security experts at the explicit request of Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
Fernando was then given an interim clearance. He attended just one meeting of the panel, only to resign as media requests about his unusual appointment started rolling in.
Although it is not the most egregious case of Clinton corruption, this one bears all of its characteristic features: the sale of political access, a lack of care with national secrets and secretive behavior in an effort to cover up.
The sale of this position and security clearance to a benefactor of the Clinton family not only demonstrates that Clinton is for sale, but also once again impugns her trustworthiness when it comes to the handling of classified information. This is why even many of the voters who will ultimately pull the lever for her still view her as a dishonest person.
When the Clintons last occupied the White House, they rewarded dozens of Democratic donors with nights inside the White House's Lincoln bedroom — a scandal at the time dubbed as the "Fat Cat Hotel." Guests included Richard Dreyfuss, Chevy Chase, David Geffen, Barbra Streisand and Tom Hanks, and others who had given a collective $5.4 million to the Clintons and the Democratic National Committee.
Those donors remained grateful afterward, and had given Hillary's campaign more than $1 million as of last October.
In the time since they left the White House "dead broke," the Clintons have really stepped up their game, making and raising millions on the speaking circuit from parties with interests before the State Department and the next president. But of course, most financial benefactors of the Clintons have received baubles or at worst official favors. In this case, one received access to the nation's most sensitive secrets.
In an election year that seemingly offers no good choices, it's important for those who see her as representing a stable status quo to remember that she also represents a hopelessly corrupt status quo. She never seems to run out of ways to remind voters that she is not worthy of the public trust.