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NewsCorp Donates $1M To Republican Governors Association


Now they’re just rubbing it in our faces…

From Wash Post:

Jack Horner, a spokesman for News Corp., said in an interview: “It’s patently false that a corporate donation would have any bearing on our news-gathering activities at Fox News or any other of our properties.”

News Corp., which also owns the New York Post, Wall Street Journal and Times of London, said in a statement that the company “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.” Two RGA spokesmen did not return messages.

Listen, it’s true that other media conglomerates donate to these organizations, but they’re not the cult of personality that NewsCorp is and this donation is actually pretty substantial when compared with others in the field. For instance, GE donated more than $200K…but that was to governors in both parties last year.

Also, there’s no word whether or not NewsCorp will donate to Democratic interests. But they have in the past…

Until now, the News Corp./Fox political action committee had given 54 percent of its donations to Democrats and 46 percent to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — including $8,000 to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid’s campaign committee and $5,000 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s organization. News Corp. also gave $45,000 each to GOP and Democratic campaign committees on Capitol Hill.

And here’s more about the size of this donation…

The $1 million donation by News Corp., made in June and first reported by Bloomberg Businessweek, is among the largest contributions to the GOP governors in this campaign cycle. The Republican group, headed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a possible presidential candidate in 2012, has raised $58 million in the past year and a half, compared with $40 million for the Democratic group. Thirty-seven governorships are up for election this fall.

That’s another question…why governors? What interest could NewsCorp have in getting Republican governors elected when they’re a national broadcasting service?

More as it develops…