Which sounds more plausible?

Self styled journalist that solicits donations from readers (largely tea party supporters), and then uses some of that money to pay an interview subject who says he expected cash to pay for votes but got stiffed and then had a change of heart . . .

OR

Self styled journalist that solicits donations from readers (largely tea party supporters), and then uses that money to pay an interview subject who will say anything becuase he’s facing foreclosure on a piece of property in the next week.

Someone’s getting taken for a ride. The question is who?