Tom Perriello, a former Democratic congressman running for governor in Virginia, took an honorarium payment from the alumni association of Yale's Scroll and Key, a secret society in the same vein as the Skull and Bones, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
The Kingsley Trust Association paid Perriello $1,000, according to his 2009 financial disclosure. The Free Beacon's Joe Schoffstall wrote to Perriello's campaign for a comment on the payment, but clashed with the candidate's communications director Ian Sams.
"I'm writing to get comment on the honorarium payment Tom received from the Kingsley Trust Association," Schoffstall wrote. "Was this the same Kingsley Trust Association that is the alumni organization of the Scroll and Key at Yale?"
Sams replied, "Care to elaborate on why your already-unglued publication plans to cover a near decade-old honorarium?"
"It's never been reported before. Tom says he's a populist, so a speech to an elite secret society at Yale is relevant to that," Schoffstall wrote back.
"Would you like to add further comment beyond 'what?' and calling us an unglued publication?"
Sams responded, "Nope, that about accurately sums up my reaction."
On Tuesday, Perriello received the endorsement of progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who hailed the former congressman as "committed to fighting the rigged economy and income inequality," according to The Washington Post.
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