Zimmermen advertising firm Clayton has been accused of using a $300 million contract for an online campaign to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election and is expected to face an antitrust lawsuit in New York.
The New York Times reported Monday that Clayton had paid $300,000 to a group of prominent Republican donors and donors who backed Trump, in addition to paying more than $100,000 for advertisements from Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump has said he would be interested in buying Clayton’s assets in the event that the deal is finalized.
Clayton has denied the allegations, saying that it’s only interested in using its platform to promote Trump.
The deal has been widely criticized by Democrats who say Clayton is attempting to influence voters by supporting Trump’s candidacy and that Trump is the victim of a corporate smear campaign.
Clayton did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.