The offensive clip was made by the Tea Party organization and super-PAC FreedomWorks to be shown at FreePac, a July 2012 conference in Dallas. However, the short film was never released after several staffers had raised objections.
Mother Jones, the left-leaning magazine that broke the story this week, reported that two female FreedomWorks interns played the roles of then-Secretary of State Clinton and the panda, with the former wearing a pantsuit and mask and the latter dressed in a full fury costume.
Panda-monium: FreedomWorks' internal probe has revealed that the Tea Party group created a video for a 2012 conference featuring a female intern dressed as a panda pretending to perform a sex act on another intern disguised as Hillary Clinton
Inside joke: The now infamous panda suit was used by the right-wing group during rallies denouncing progressives as panderers
Offensive: In the video, which was ultimately nixed, a female staffer was dressed in a pantsuit and a mask of then-Secretary of State Clinton
The promotional clip was screened for about 15 FreedomWorks employees ahead of the July convention, but was ultimately scrapped for fear of offending social conservatives.
'How was that not some form of sexual harassment?’ a former FreedomWorks official told the magazine. 'And there were going to be thousands of Christian conservatives at this thing. This was a terrible lack of judgment.'
At least two staffers approached FreedomWorks’ Human Resources department to complain about the video, but Brandon had allegedly defended it as 'creative' and 'funny.'
Brandon wrote in an email to the Washington Post that he was 'not going to dignify' the magazine article with a response.
FreedomWorks spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar called the allegations 'unsourced, baseless and intentionally harmful accusations made by disgruntled former employees.'
Public split: Former FreedomWorks president Dick Army (center) left the group amid internal strife and has since denounced its 'reprehensible activity'
'I found all of that activity reprehensible, wholly unacceptable and distressing,' Army said in reference to the objectionable video.
Mother Jones reported that FreedomWorks, which played a crucial role in helping ultra-conservative candidates get elected in recent years, has been suffering from internal strife amid allegations that Kibbe fostered a hostile work environment and mismanaged the group’s finances.
In December, these claims had prompted two members of FreedomWorks’ board of trustees to hire a pair of lawyers to look into the inner workings of the group and Kibbe’s role in it.
Beaming: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was all smiles while accepting the Medal for Distinguished Public Service award from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Dressed in a bright-red suit, Clinton was beaming while sharing a laugh with the outgoing secretary of defense and Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.