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.
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.