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How Bannon and his indicted business partners cashed in on Donald Trump

The men had a history of monetizing conservative causes long before they were charged with fraud this week in a scheme to build a private border wall

Donald Trump | Donald Trump administration

Zolan Kanno-Youngs Eric Lipton Stephanie Saul & Scott Shane | NYT 

They all had colorful histories, though not necessarily the kind to inspire instant confidence. And they had a shared devotion to President Trump. Brian Kolfage, a decorated Iraq War veteran and motivational speaker, had created a string of pro-Trump websites using bogus stories to draw clicks and sell ads. Timothy Shea sold a Trump-themed energy drink he marketed as containing “liberal tears.” Andrew Badolato had a trail of failed businesses, unpaid tax bills and sexual misconduct allegations. They came together early last year with a cherished project — building ...

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First Published: Fri, August 21 2020. 15:52 IST