August 19th, 2010
03:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Organizing for America fundraising off News Corp. donation

Organizing for America is fundraising off of the news that Fox News’ parent company gave a large donation to the Republican Governors Association.
Organizing for America is fundraising off of the news that Fox News’ parent company gave a large donation to the Republican Governors Association.

(CNN) – Organizing for America, President Obama's political organization that is now run out of the Democratic National Committee, sent a fundraising email to supporters Thursday that highlights a $1 million donation from News Corp. to the Republican Governors Association.

News Corp. is the parent company of Fox News, an organization the White House has sparred with in the past. In October, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said, "The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."

That sentiment was echoed in Thursday's fundraising email.

"News Corp. - the parent company of Fox News - just donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, an official organization campaigning against Democrats all over the country this fall," Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart said in the e-mail. "It's one thing to echo Republican talking points and hire Sarah Palin for political 'analysis.' It's another thing to cut those Republicans a seven-figure check to fund their attack ads and robo-calls."

A CNN review of financial contributions made by media corporations showed that the parent companies of CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have all made at least six-figure contributions to political parties and candidates. But none of them has given one political organization such a large sum, without a significant contribution to the opposing party.

On Wednesday, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, Nathan Daschle, called on the cable news network to run a "formal disclaimer" when it covers gubernatorial races.

Fox News' response indicates a disclaimer will not likely be forthcoming.

"Nathan's stunt has run its course," Fox News spokesman Brian Lewis said in a statement to Washington Post media columnist and CNN contributor Howard Kurtz. "His 15 minutes are up. Time to leave the stage."


Filed under: DNC • Fox News • Organizing for America • RGA
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    Even with that donation, the Democrats sitll outdid the Republicans.

    August 19, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    People donating should send it in by mail explicitly earmarked donated to combat the News Corp donation so we can measure precisely how much of a paradoxical effect the America-hating Australian's efforts to pollute our politics is having.

    August 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, give twice as much to Democrats as they do to Republicans and make no apologies for their actions. Unions Give all their money and support to Democrats, then look for reimbursement from the taxpayers. Fox and News Corp can give to whoever they choose.

    August 19, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. hypocricnnation

    Honestly, If I Were A Political Director. I'd Save Some Of My More Potent Reaction To FOX News Channel And News Corporation Specifically For Next Year. I Gather That Mr. Roger Ailes And Mr. Rupert Murdock Are Just In Store To Continue Down The Road Of Going Assault On The Obama Administration. This Way, You'll Have More Ammunition Against Not Only FOX News Channel, But Their Political Operatives (Cronies) As Well.

    August 19, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. the real ib

    The democrats never stop with their lies and then have the nerve to talk about republicans misleading people. LOL.

    August 19, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. MR AMERICA

    So the reply from FOX is "your 15 minutes are up" ?

    Wow. Great comeback.

    August 19, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Julie C

    We've long understood this relationship. Now there's major proof. Fox is nothing more than entertainment for their cultish followers with a small fraction of time spent on factual news. At least MSNBC doesn't claim to be "fair & balanced."

    August 19, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Tinkers Dam

    Whine......whine......whine......blame.....blame.....blame.....lie....lie....lie....That's all Obama and his cronies can do. People....we got change.....too bad it wasn't for the better. Two more years of the Obamatard and we'll be reduced to a third world nation.

    August 19, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Peter s

    By now who doesn't know the agenda of fix news is to make Obamas presidency a failure!. Why didn't they donate that money to the aborigines of Australia? and the media was founded by breaking their backs! just like the same they are trying to do here! with blacks and hispanics!!

    August 19, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. jpmichigan

    I am LOL. MSNBC Morning Joe should change it name to Democratic Joe, for awhile Mika was working at the White House, majority of their guess are Democratic. Save me from this fools, how much has G.E. who owns Msnbc, NBC given to Democratic PAC's. Fox is still more fair and balance in reporting that those other stations.

    August 19, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Eric

    Consider the Fox News contribution just a drop in the bucket, in comparison with Soros' BILLIONS of dollars in direct and indirect donations to all causes and organizations of varying degrees of dem, lib, socialist, marxist, statist, etc.

    Think of the score this way:

    Fox News: 1
    George Soros: 1 BILLION

    Yep, that Fox News, boy, they sure do seem evil, huh!

    August 19, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. vegas01

    A CNN review of financial contributions made by media corporations showed that the parent companies of CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have all made at least six-figure contributions to political parties and candidates. But none of them has given one political organization such a large sum, without a significant contribution to the opposing party.

    Making a contribution to the opposing party is ignorant and wasteful. Pick your candidates of choice and back them. To give to the opposing party serves only to dilute the contribution made to the one you actually believe in. Simply put your money where your confidence is.

    August 19, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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