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A popular right-wing news website is giving favorable coverage to a leading conservative candidate in an upcoming North Carolina special election as the candidate steers business to a consulting firm owned by the site’s publisher.
Republican Jeff Moore “is a strong constitutional conservative and supporter of Trump’s agenda, particularly in the arena of border security and free-market capitalism,” declared the site, Big League Politics, in a story on the Republican candidate to succeed the late Rep. Walter Jones, who died in February. The article, which covered Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) endorsement of Moore, did not mention that that campaign is paying Big League Politics’ sister company, Capital Square Funding Group.