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Add Breitbart to the list of lawyers, politicians, and Clintons that Trump has paid off

Here is Bannon’s full statement in response to my questions about Breitbart’s relationship with Trump:

“We have no financial relationship with Donald Trump as an investor, advertiser or in any other capacity at this time — nor have we ever. 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. Many campaigns have taken advantage of the fact Breitbart News Network has nearly 20 million readers and 90 million page views per month.“We would assume Mr. Trump’s campaign would seek to advertise on our pages just like the campaigns of Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and others have. As for our coverage of Trump, he’s the Republican frontrunner and we’re glad his campaign — just like every other campaign on the Republican side and certain campaigns on the Democratic side — values our impeccable news judgment and our audience. 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. That’s our job: Get news about what is happening on the campaign trail out to American people. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the coverage of the conservative populist movement in America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

“In the U.S., we’ve had reporters present at nearly every presidential campaign launch in both parties and offered unrivaled comprehensive coverage of the entire election as we continue to build a best-in-class news team. As Executive Chairman of a company in this space plus hosting six hours of a national political news show on Sirius XM Patriot every week, I also personally talk with many of the candidates and their senior staffers often — including three different candidates we are scheduling for Sunday night’s show.”

And what did Buzzfeed get for letting this person advertise their book, I wonder? Probably a free article which they turn into sweet, sweet ad impressions.

Isn’t this how free-market-capitalism elections work? You buy favorable coverage, and people vote for you?  If those other losers wanted to win, they’d just buy more favorable coverage than Trump, and hey presto.

Trump has already answered this – I did it because US politics is deeply corrupt and if you want to get anything done you have to pay off the pols, just like in any tinpot 3rd world country

And most people will <shrug.> and agree, and go <nothing we can do about that>

Buzzfeed did turn down $800 million for a buyout from Disney. Maybe Trump should buy it?