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Breitbart conceded that he does pay O'Keefe a "fair salary" and also mentioned that he pays O'Keefe for "life rights" and can accept or decline to use what O'Keefe produces. It's not clear, but it sounds like Breitbart has a right of first refusal on whatever O'Keefe's produces and in return O'Keefe receives compensation in some form, perhaps on a monthly basis akin to a salary.

In the interview, Breitbart stopped short of calling O'Keefe an employee, while also agreeing with Hewitt -- perhaps incongruously -- that whatever O'Keefe was doing in New Orleans was "not within the scope of his employment."

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