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This page breaks down how Media Bias Fact Check LLC is funded. MBFC is a sole proprietor limited liability company (LLC) held by Dave Van Zandt in the State of North Carolina.
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Expenses – Media Bias Fact Check has typical expenses for a medium-sized website that generates 3+ million page views per month. Although MBFC is a sole proprietorship that relies on volunteers, we also compensate for work with cash gifts. These gifts will vary based on the amount of work done and our flow of revenue. MBFC also operates a home office with Dave Van Zandt, the editor, and owner, investing 60-80 hours per week on the operation of the website.
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