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Fox parent News Corp. donates $1 million to Republican Governors' Association

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) this year, Bloomberg reported. The company owns Fox News and the New York Post. (You can see the full IRS filing here.)

The filings show that the RGA raised $58 million between Jan. 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. The Democratic Governors Association raised $40 million during the same period.

"News Corporation believes in the power of free markets, and the RGA's pro-business agenda supports our priorities at this most critical time for our economy," a spokesperson told Politico.

News Corp's Political Action Committee, News America-Fox PAC, has given to Democrats and Republicans, but in far smaller sums, Yahoo's Michael Calderone reports: "The PAC has given $48,000 to Democrats running for House seats this year and $40,700 to Republicans. In Senate races, the PAC contributed $30,500 to Democrats and $25,500 to Republicans."

The RGA has a new ad going up in Florida today, hitting Democratic candidate Alex Sink.

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To RogerRamjet2: Time Warner gives annually over $1 million to democrats, same as GE and Walt Disney. These three own CNN, CBS and ABC respectively. Before you spout off at the mouth, do some simple research: http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/lookup.php the three that I listed can all be found on the Heavy Hitters list, but for some reason, News Corp isn't. It appears the rest of the media outlets donate more to Democrats than Fox does to Republicans. Facts are a stubborn thing....

Posted by: AdamsJohn | August 22, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What A surprise!!!!!

I'm shocked!!!

Posted by: botelj911 | August 18, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

To annort: Don't let anyone EVER say that a little humor and irony is lost on you. I mean don't ever let that happen. Really.
Annort. NEVER. Hello - Annort!

Posted by: BlazesBoylan | August 17, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

To annort: Don't let anyone EVER say that a little humor and irony is lost on you. I mean don't ever let that happen. Really.
Annort. Hello - Annort!

Posted by: polarbear3 | August 17, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

To annort: Don't let anybody EVER tell you that a little humor and irony was lost on you. I mean, really, don't. Don't let it happen.

Posted by: polarbear3 | August 17, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny that republicon don't mind foreigners like murdoch and reverand moon of the moonie cult, they just hate just brown ones who speak spanish or worship from another scripture.................

Posted by: John1263 | August 17, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

so wait... is this really legal? I mean does NBC, CBS and ABC give to political parties? WaPo, NYT, hey.... PBS ? This is kinda scary. Where does a person go to get information that is not pure propaganda? Maybe this is what it was like under Hitler with all the media paying tribute to the NAZI Party. That may explain why Hitler was so popular and no one ever looked into the Concentration camps.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | August 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

murdoch and ailes are boils in the a&& of America now, someone should put a big stick in them and let the pus out.

Posted by: calif-joe | August 17, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

" What an idiot. A democrat who does not know the difference between Austria and Australia!!! That is how stupid they are!!

Posted by: annnort | August 17, 2010 3:30 PM "
I guess you are fair and imbalanced, eh ?

Posted by: wave06 | August 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Fair and balanced!!!

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | August 17, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What an idiot. A democrat who does not know the difference between Austria and Australia!!! That is how stupid they are!!

Posted by: annnort | August 17, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

When are they going to learn to just pay off both sides so that no matter who wins....?

Posted by: cmecyclist | August 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at what GE does.

Posted by: melador | August 17, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Predictable -- activist right wing judges controlling Supreme Court getting their wish, turning over democracy in America to right-wing corporate interests. Boycott all of news intl properties worldwide. Worked against target; easy to knock News' revenue down by multiples of this amount via loud boycotts. Oh, and lamestream media should make a big issue out of this (but their corporate parents won't let them).

Posted by: jbh3 | August 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I see parallels between Fox and the Nazi party, Hitler was Austrian & convinced the Germans he was their Savior, Murdoch is Australian & has convinced Republicans & that tea party mob, that He is their savior!

I bet Glenn Beck would give me an Honary Diploma from Glenn Beck University, for my
keen analytical skills.

Posted by: wave06 | August 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I see parallels between Fox and the Nazi party, Hitler was Austrian & convinced the Germans he was their Savior, Murdoch is Australian & has convinced Republicans & that tea party mob, that He is their savior!

I bet Glenn Beck would give me an Honary Diploma from Glenn Beck University, for my
keen analytical skills.

Posted by: wave06 | August 17, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse


Rupert Murdoch donated $1 million in cash and $10 billion in "payment in kind" through FOX News. This man is a cancer on the US. May he rot.


Posted by: jack824 | August 17, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Funny someone mentioned never trusting republicons after nixonx, sinc ethe HEAD of fux the news is roger ailes, the political organizer for....richard milhouse nixon. rupert the australian trying to purchase America murdoch picked ailes specifically because of his credentials as a liar for nixon and then subsequent republicon politicians.

Posted by: John1263 | August 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Now that activist Republican-appointed SCOTUS judges have proclaimed that corporations are "endowed by their creator" with free speech rights, this is just the beginning. Corporations, in this case a foreign corporations, are simply buying the political party that does it's bidding.

Fear, hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to sell America.

Posted by: thebobbob | August 17, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

As if we needed more proof that fux the news is in the tank as a republicon propaganda organization masquerading as news......

Posted by: John1263 | August 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked, SHOCKED to find political contributions being made.

Now where are my winnings?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 17, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Would you care to report on how many millions GE,MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and all their "owners" and "parent companies" have contributed to American Political Parties??? I thought not.

Posted by: sandynh | August 17, 2010 2:19 PM
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CBS bans all contributions both personal and corporate as does the New York Times. I cannot speak to the others.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 17, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

One hand washes the other.

I never did like Fox News and after Nixon I've never trusted the Republicans. Both are for selling out the common Americans.

Posted by: glenglish | August 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

A-Voter:
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Though I agree with you, I despise the fact that you waste so much of the page with blank lines. What you have to say is no more important than the next person. Have a little respect and consideration for the next guy.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 17, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | August 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The IRS filing link is very interesting reading. A virtual America's Whos-Who of big oil, big insurance, chambers of commerces, and massive corporations.

Surprise, surprise.

Posted by: VAreader | August 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | August 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Would you care to report on how many millions GE,MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and all their "owners" and "parent companies" have contributed to American Political Parties??? I thought not.

Posted by: sandynh | August 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: A-Voter | August 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

This is a surprise. Fox wouldn't know "news" if it bit them. Call yourselves what you are: the mouthpiece for the Right. Facts are not your strong point.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 17, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

To clear things up for Bob59, it was not Murdoch as an individual who donated $1 million. It was News Corp., an organization that controls much of our media.

What would the outcry be on the right if the National Broadcasting Company donated $1 million to the DCCC or DSC?

This story is not about individual donors and where they work. It's about media giants financing party politics.

Hope this cleared things up for you.

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Posted by: A-Voter | August 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Fixed News is NOT a news organization. It's a propaganda machine. NO ONE can deny this.

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Posted by: A-Voter | August 17, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

VAreader ; and what unbiased oracle of sage do you watch/listen to? Or do you just absorb your enlighted wisdom from your own aura? Do tell, we are all waiting.
Posted by: mmourges | August 17, 2010 2:10 PM
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Many news organizations, including CBS and the New York Times, ban all political contributions both personal and corporate.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 17, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

VAreader ; and what unbiased oracle of sage do you watch/listen to? Or do you just absorb your enlighted wisdom from your own aura? Do tell, we are all waiting.

Posted by: mmourges | August 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

When the Supreme Court ruled that "corporations are people too," the question of foreign individuals giving large sums through US based companies was raised. Republicans said "Oh, no! That will never happen!" Guess what.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising. FOX has always been a propaganda schill for nazis and white supremacists.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising. FOX has always been a propaganda schill for nazis and white supremacists.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's not surprising. FOX has always been a propaganda schill for nazis and white supremacists.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Very disturbing, yet sadly unsurprising. I am glad to see the WaPo report on this.

Of course, the brainwashed masses that watch Fox News will not be able to discern the utter inappropriateness of the donation or how this clearly invalidates their claim that Fox is not a propaganda machine for the GOP. Somehow, they will figure out a way (with the help of Fox News, of course) to continue to point their fingers at everyone else.

Posted by: VAreader | August 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I think it is about time someone rescind Murdochs exemption to own Television stations & newspaper at the same time, It is apparent to all, the reasons behind the prohibition. I hope a Senator or Congressman proposes this ASAP. I resent the meddling in Amercan Political affairs by foreigners. Murdick is really being an arrogant aussie.

Posted by: wave06 | August 17, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

So what?

How much did Washington Post reporters give to the Democratic Party?

Care to disclose that?

Posted by: bob59 | August 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Is fox news really "fair and unbiased"?
One person said it well. "That's like saying that China isn't a communist country anymore. They are so totally right wing biased in their news reporting. I don't like my news to be liberal or conservative; I prefer it to be accurate."

Posted by: pjohn2 | August 17, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So, I suppose this proves the Republican Governors' Association is for sale. I can't imagine them selling themselves for a mere million, though.

It leads me to wonder what quo Rupert's quid bought him.

Posted by: lonquest | August 17, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The mission of Fox News is to fool the dumb and gullible into voting in the best interests of the super rich, i.e., to fool the dumb and gullible into voting Republican.

If giving a million bucks to the Republican Party helps them in this mission, then why not do it.

They can just tell the idiots in the Fox News audience that it never happened. And they know they people they target arn't sharp enough to fact check them on this.

Posted by: Deirdre_K | August 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Correct. Self-righteous indignation can only be hurled at the left. The left is not able to point out the inept, self-serving hypocrisy of the right.

Besides, the real issue here is the fact that Murdoch is a non-U.S. citizen spending millions to influence U.S. politics.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | August 17, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Rupert Murdoch is Australian. This is a foreign national attempting to financially influence American politics, by funneling money through his US-based firm.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 17, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Talk about really putting your Money where
your Mouth is ?

It's about time this charade fox news being fair & unbiased is exposed by fox/fabricated news themselves.

Posted by: wave06 | August 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

And Murdoch isn't even an American.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | August 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Soros? And which Faux News does he run?

The right whines so much about "liberal bias" in the media, and the "lame-stream media," that they would explode if CNN or MSNBC gave a million dollars to MoveOn. The righteous self indignation only applies to their sworn enemies, the American People.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | August 17, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Shocking.

Posted by: sarahabc | August 17, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

If, Murdoch really believes in that fair and balanced cr*p they spout on Fox, where is the equal amount of money for the Dems?

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | August 17, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

That is addition to 200 million in Free Air TV, and GOP Message promoting shows.

BTW I missed where Geoge Soros owns as in controls CNN, or MSNBC, CBS etc

http://www.gurufocus.com/holdings.php?GuruName=George+Soros

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | August 17, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

NewsCorps believes in the overwhelming power of corporations over the rights of the people, pure and simple. That's what Morlock has contributed to the American experience. I would like for the Immigration Service or the Press to show us a copy of the citizenship test that all are required to take. Obama's birth certificate has been shown umpteen million times. Now show us Murdock's citizenship test scores.

Posted by: Byrd3 | August 17, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

A gothca moment that isn't. Here's one for you: Geoge Soros gave money to the Democrats.

Posted by: fishguts | August 17, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Least surprising news of the day.

Can you really donate money to yourself? News Corp and the GOP are two arms of the same bandit.

Posted by: hoos3014 | August 17, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Please excuse my multiple posts. NoScript was acting up. Moderator, please delete the duplicates.

Posted by: Garak | August 17, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Check his citizenship papers. If they have a single typo, deport him.

Murdoch is big on "law and order" so he'd surely agree.

Posted by: Garak | August 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Check his citizenship papers. If they have a single typo, deport him.

Murdoch is big on "law and order" so he'd surely agree.

Posted by: Garak | August 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Check his citizenship papers. If they have a single typo, deport him.

Murdoch is big on "law and order" so he'd surely agree.

Posted by: Garak | August 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Check his citizenship papers. If they have a single typo, deport him.

Murdoch is big on "law and order" so he'd surely agree.

Posted by: Garak | August 17, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Check his citizenship papers. If they have a single typo, deport him.

Murdoch is big on "law and order" so he'd surely agree.

Posted by: Garak | August 17, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on the Obama Presidency Blog, where is President Obama's comment on this pressing matter?

Is Obama running for governor? If so, where? DC? Maryland?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 17, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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