(The Hill) In late January, Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon was tipped off about a story that he hoped would damage Ted Cruz.
Bannon, who this week became CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, was told that a radio advertisement would be landing in Iowa aimed at hurting Cruz with evangelical voters — the very constituency the senator was depending on to win the state's caucuses on Feb. 1.
The line of attack, which was being pushed by Cruz's presidential rival Mike Huckabee, was that Cruz had donated only a small fraction of his income to his church, not enough to fulfill his tithing duties of 10 percent.
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Bannon was excited by the story, stating that it could spell the end of Cruz's candidacy. He told his reporters to chase the story hard, though their efforts turned up nothing new.
Bannon didn't respond to multiple requests for comment from The Hill, but a spokeswoman for the conservative news sight downplayed any work Breitbart's reporters did on the tithing story.