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Sale Of Blue Nation Review Gives Hillary Clinton Camp Its Very Own Media Outlet

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 20/11/2015 Ryan Grim

WASHINGTON -- The political network of Hillary Clinton ally David Brock is acquiring a media outlet, sources involved in the negotiation and sale of the site tell The Huffington Post. 

The deal will make Brock's network a majority owner of the website Blue Nation Review. BNR is best known for exposing the lavish spending habits of former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), ultimately leading to his resignation. The outlet is run by Jimmy Williams, a longtime regular on MSNBC and a veteran political operative, who will remain at BNR.

Brock runs Media Matters for America, a nonprofit that has targeted conservative media outlets, particularly Fox News, as well as the pro-Clinton Super PAC Correct The Record, which claims the legal right to coordinate with the Clinton campaign.

Under Brock, the Democratic-leaning outlet will likely be a reliable defender of and advocate for Clinton. Williams himself has long advocated on Clinton's behalf, though he has also gone after Democrats.

Fans of writer Goldie Taylor regularly visited BNR, but Taylor has since departed and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the site's parent company, Moko Social Media, which trades publicly as MOKO. Insiders say that much of BNR's readership was purchased through Facebook at the cost of many millions of dollars -- a sugar high that has since faded, though the site does have a reader base.

Sources said that Brock's organization will actually be paid to take over BNR, rather than the other way around, given the site's operating losses.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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