Businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign paid Breitbart national security editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka more than $8,000 in October 2015 for "policy consulting," according to filings released by the Federal Election Commission.
The findings were first reported by Buzzfeed News Tuesday.
Gorka is a professor at Marine Corps University and chairman of Threat Knowledge Group, according to his Breitbart author profile. TKG is a national security consulting firm based in McLean, Virginia. He also writes for Breitbart News but hasn't penned stories on a consistent basis since late 2014.
Gorka has repeatedly been identified by Breitbart as the news outlet's national security editor, with an appearance on Breitbart's satellite radio show on Monday being the most recent instance.
However, according to Politico media reporter Hadas Gold, Gorka has not been with Breitbart on a full-time basis since 2014, and his title as national security editor is more of an "honorary" designation.
He was also recently in the news for reportedly trying to go through security at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., while in possession of a handgun.
Tuesday's news raises more questions about Breitbart's seeming closeness with the Trump campaign. During the majority of the 2016 presidential election cycle, the news outlet has been under scrutiny for allegedly being deliberately pro-Trump. Some Breitbart staffers even accused the news organization last year of taking payments from Trump in exchange for favorable coverage.
The criticism came to a head last month after Breitbart's top brass failed to defend their reporter Michelle Fields after she was allegedly assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
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