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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    My check is in the mail O.F.A.

    August 19, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. JJ in NY

    OH!
    As if the "mainstream" media isn't in the tank for obama.... documented proof as in the "list serve" that was uncovered .

    PLEASE !

    MSNBC got a hernia for carrying so much of obama's water !

    August 19, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. a little sad

    If FOX donated to the RGA, won't it viloate campaign funding laws if they report on any governor's race, unless they receive funds back?

    Wouldn't the airtime be considered another donation?

    August 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. g

    looks like the battle begins.

    August 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Tony

    Look's like NewsCorp/Fox owns the Supreme Court

    August 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. LIP

    Well, what the heck...everyone knows all the other affiliates are in the tank with the Democrats and give heavily to the DNC, so whats new?
    Can't the Republicans have just one little affiliate?

    August 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Bob

    And CNN, MSNBC and the NY Times are the political arms of the Democratic party. Is anyone surprised by this? Journalism is no longer the search for truth in a story. Its about propagating an agenda.

    August 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. John Stewart is Right . . . The Republican Party Should Be Paying Fox News . . .

    Fox = Propoganda arm of the Rethuglican party.

    August 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Dan

    Just imagine how much that $1million could help the economy, if it had been donated to local business and causes, to help educational programs, or used to purchase locally produced goods (which would create new job opportunities)...

    Now imagine how it WILL be used, to fill our airwaves with the same hateful, questionably factual advertisements that we grow absolutely tired of hearing ad nauseum for months at a time every election year, produced by a small handful of companies that have no trouble getting by regardless of the economy.

    Yet another demonstration of our generation's sense of American PRIORITIES.

    August 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Jonathan

    No new news here.
    No surprises.
    My dad used to have a saying: If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, well...then it is a duck!
    Fox news has been lying to and brainwashing america for awhile now.
    They were more covert about it before the Bush/Gore election of 2000. But ever since then they have basiclly thrown off any hint of being "fair and balanced," for anyone with half a brain.
    I am conservative in many ways, and liberal to a small extent.
    But I will NEVER watch, listen to, read or web browse anything Newscorp puts out. They are clearly not journalism, and have desire to inform the public of anything that doesn't support the right wing of our political spectrum. It is shameful.

    August 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Jeffrey Barton

    This really should not be a surprise to anyone. The "fair and balanced" motto is and has been a joke for a number of years now. I really don't understand why Fox is trying to keep it as some sort of secret. The phrase, "where did you hear that...Fox?" is almost part of the lexicon now as meaning hearing something that is inaccurate or an outright lie.

    August 19, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. ABM

    Time to protest FOX News but that won't matter because they have money funneled in through News Corp's other entities.

    August 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge = GOP

    MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Newspapers, Moveon.Org, Academia = Dems

    But hey, who's counting...

    August 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. ken

    Shocking! A news organization in the US that does not absolutly and completly support the Democrat party! Who could imagine such a travesty. We MUST eliminate their ability to practic free speach or to support non-Democrat party candidates immediatly. (relax, just poking fun at the rediculous left wing media).

    August 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Faux News: Fairly Unbalanced

    Faux News...We Distort, You Comply.

    August 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Reality Bites

    Faux News: Regurgitating GOP Talking Points Since 1996!

    August 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. All the news ths is fit to omit

    This just in, News Corp has donated 54 percent TO DEMOCRATS and 46 percent to REPUBLICANS.

    More fair and balanced THAN ANY OTHER 'news" organization and that includes CNN.

    Facts. not an opinion.

    August 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Bought & Paid For...

    If you actually have to tell people you are "fair & balanced", there is a good chance you aren't.

    Just sayin'...

    August 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    FOX and it s owne,Mr. Murdoch, only care about one thing- profits!
    If they thought Democract would so blindly believe their lies and mis-information, they would have a liberal bent.
    Like Evagelists claiming God hates everybody, they prey on peoples insecurities and then exploit it,
    Like with Palin, its time to wake up America

    August 19, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Josh

    CNN, who don't you do to them what they would have done to you?
    Harrass them until they make it right.

    August 19, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Buster

    The liberals would not be complaining if the money was donated to them. They have their unions and that slime ball george soros gives more money to liberals than anyone from the Republican side can possibly afford to give to Republicans.

    August 19, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Dave, CA

    Anita Dunn is a loon. For me FOX NEWS will always remain Fair and Balanced. We can get the true story form them not from any other media outlet.

    August 19, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Really?

    ...as far as being the communications arm for republicans, who has been the mouthpiece for democrats for many years? You guys are just mad that Fox News learned your trick!

    August 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    The Democratic Party will not lose big in November because News Corp. gave money to the RGA. They will lose big in November because of failed policies, broken promises and for completely losing touch with everyone outside of Washington DC. Enough is enough. This is why we have regular elections in America. It is like they thought that day would never arrive.

    August 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Mark from Louisiana

    Follow the money.

    Here is NBC and ABC breakdown. Didn't have available CBS (Viacom)

    Jeffrey Immelt who is the CEO of GE (NBC) and its PAC have contributed millions of dollars to the DNC and to the Obama campaign.
    It gave a million and a half to Dems and about 800,000 to Republicans. $400,000 directly to candidate Obama, and about 80,000 to McCain.
    A sister company of NBC, GE Financials (also owned by GE) gave it's total contribution limits to Democrats. GE Financials is also getting a huge chunk back from the bank bailout.

    MSNBC? Follow the money.

    Interestingly, the third top contributor to Mr. Obama was Microsoft. Ever hear of MSNBC? And you wonder why it has a liberal slant? $800,000 to Obama from Microsoft, and $400,000 from GE (NBC). Thus the owners of MSNBC (Microsoft and GE) gave candidate Obama $1.2 million in soft money. Other PACS and organizations of GE and Microsoft also contributed to Mr. Obama.

    Disney (ABC) gave $300,00 to Obama, $84,00 to Hillary and $21,000 to McCain.

    Democrats are the biggest recipient of money from the companies that own broadcasting networks.

    Follow the money.

    The entire motion picture industry gave $12.7 million to Dems and $1.3 million to GOP.

    Commercial TV gave $3.3 million to Dems and $2.2 million to GOP.

    Viacom (CBS) is much harder to analyze, but I'll get back to that.

    So, if you follow the money, major broadcasting networks are big time sources of campaign money for Democrats.

    Oh, and FOX News? Owned by the News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch? It gave $1.5 million dollars in contributions to campaigns, 68% of that went to Democrats, or roughly about $1.02 million dollars. Less than a half million went to GOP.

    August 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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