- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2015

Several Breitbart News staffers have accused their employer of having a financial agreement with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in exchange for favorable campaign coverage, according to a new Buzzfeed report.

Citing four sources with “knowledge of the situation,” Buzzfeed reports that many editors and writers at the outlet believe Mr. Trump has provided undisclosed financial backing to the outlet.

One current editor alleged that an executive confirmed the arrangement last year. Another staffer said he had heard something similar but couldn’t provide further details. A third staffer said he knew of “several instances” when managers had overruled editors on Mr. Trump’s orders.

“Additionally, a conservative communications operative who works closely with Breitbart described conversations in which ‘multiple writers and editors’ said Trump was paying for the ability to shape coverage, and added that one staffer claimed to have seen documentation of the ‘pay for play,’” Buzzfeed reported.

All four sources spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their jobs, the report said.

Breitbart executive chair Steve Bannon issued a statement denying any financial relationship with the business magnate.

“We have no financial relationship with Donald Trump as an investor, advertiser or in any other capacity at this time — nor have we ever,” Mr. Bannon said. “The insinuation that we do — or did — is a lie. Mr. Trump is a savvy and successful businessman but not the type of investor I partner with in emerging growth companies. In fact, Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign hasn’t — unlike other campaigns — bought digital advertising on our site, though we would certainly be open for business on that front as we are with every campaign from both parties.

“We are not ashamed that our reporters and editors regularly communicate with him and his staff just like they do with all the other campaigns for the presidency,” the statement added. “That’s our job: Get news about what is happening on the campaign trail out to American people.”

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