August 31st, 2010
06:18 PM ET
12 years ago

DGA 'matches' $1M News Corp. contribution to RGA

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" The Democratic Governors Association has raised over $1 million off of the news that News Corporation gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association."](CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that they have raised over $1 million to "match" the $1 million that Fox News' parent company, News Corporation, has given to the Republican Governors Association in the 2010 election cycle.

The announcement demonstrates the success Democrats have had painting Fox News as a mouthpiece for the Republican Party.

"When Fox News' parent company, News America, pumped a million bucks into this year's 37 governors' races, I bet they thought they'd be helping the Republican Governors Association snuff out Democratic state leaders and congressional majorities for years to come," the DGA's executive director, Nathan Daschle, wrote in an e-mail to supporters Monday. "Boy, did that backfire."

The DGA raised nearly $200,000 in the last 48 hours according to Daschle's e-mail and another e-mail sent Tuesday by DGA finance director Colleen Turrentine.

The RGA did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

When news broke earlier this month of News Corporation's massive contributions to the RGA, Democrats pounced.

"'Fair and Balanced' has been rendered utterly meaningless," Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan said. "Any pretense that may have existed about the ties between Fox News and the Republican Party has been ripped violently away."

News Corporation spokesman Jack Horner defended the donation.

"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," Horner said in a statement to CNN.

Filed under: DGA • Fox News • RGA
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "...And we helped!!!"

    August 31, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Donnatella

    After the Prophet Glenn Beck's fiasco from saturday, I know a lot of people that sent money to the democrats, we do not need extremists running our country.

    August 31, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. USA 1

    "Fair and balanced" is a continuing lie spread by Faux News, just like Glen Beck's claim that his rally last weekend was non-political...

    August 31, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. david

    at least they are an american company and run by americans that can not be said about liberals,,,they make hitler look like jesus christ

    August 31, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. David Scott

    Murdock is a born racist and bigot. His money is screwing America.
    Fox news is not news at all... LIES ONLY.

    August 31, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Allen Hussein

    Spinning the globe
    Impaired and Unbalanced
    News at the speed of lies
    We distort, you decide!

    August 31, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Kenneth Close

    Ask GE where their money went: Oh the Dems: Ops!

    August 31, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Alex

    The announcement demonstrates the success Democrats have had painting Fox News as a mouthpiece for the Republican Party.

    Don't understand this comment, FOX noise has demostrated amply themselves that they are a mouth piece for the Repubs all on their own!!!

    August 31, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Robert

    Excellent. I contributed a lot just to counter Fox's contribution. Keep on giving Fox!

    August 31, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Democrats continue to flail wildly against the American people. Their days in power are numbered.

    August 31, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Chris

    Well, it goes right along with the fact that CNN is a mouthpiece for the Dems. There IS a reason they call it the Clinton News Network. And MSNBC is worse. So, if you want to call Fox News a mouthpiece for the Republicans...REALLY? Hannity is the big giveaway I guess huh? But I've heard O'Reilly go off on Republicans too. Sure, they're slanted conservative right...but no more than the left leaning CNN and MSNBC.

    August 31, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. inofritzn

    A bunch of childish idiots running this country.

    August 31, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Brian

    Fox NEWS? "Fair and Balanced?" What a spaz. Fox News has always had a right-wing slant, and it's become extremely evident in the past couple of years. It doesn't surprise me to see Fox News donating to the RGA, all of which is made possible by the Supreme Court's Citizen United decision. Thanks alot SCOTUS!

    August 31, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Tony

    This is SO childish. The writer of this piece should be fired. How stupid can CNN be to actually publish something like this. How ignorant for people to believe this crap. This is showing just how desperate the left is.

    What a good laugh this evening, Thanks!

    August 31, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. jaw

    republicans again trying to buy elections. They are really desperate now.

    August 31, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Phil

    CNN links to this story as "Fox News helps Dems raise $1M" and yet, there's absolutely zero indication in the post that any of the money raised by the DGA was a result of FoxNews. I mean, we all know it's just sour grapes from CNN for getting so thoroughly dominated. Still, go down with honesty and integrity please.

    August 31, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. not1mr

    No matter how much money the DEMS raise, they are doomed, finished, caput, finito, done. Get it??

    August 31, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. James Pequiro

    Fox News is as much as mouthpiece for the right as MSNBC is a mouthpiece for the left. While not blatant mouthpieces, CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC are all on the left side of the fence, while talk radio is on the right.

    There are NO television news outlets that are not who cares if NewsCorp gave $1million to the Republicans? Who cares if MSNBC did so to the Democrats?

    They are both fully within their rights to do so...

    August 31, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Big deal. So the DGA got Soros or his myriad of corporate fronts to pony up $200,000.

    As for Fox being a mouthpiece for the Republican party, why not admit that CBS, NBC, ABC, New York Times, L.A. Times, Boston Herald, NPR, Washington Post, etc. are mouthpieces for the Democrat party?

    August 31, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. valwayne

    Obama and the Democrats have such contempt for Fox News, and especially the average Americans that watch it. They really hate the fact that you can get a fair and balance view from both sides of what our Government is doing rather than the slanted, 90% Elite Left Wing coverage you get from most of the Main Stream Media!

    August 31, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Shawn-Ga

    Democrats received more money in 2008 from Wall street then the Republicans did.. ( I know you have been told different and led to believe the Republicans are in bed with Wall Street.. sorry to give you the truth) Also far more from Unions..

    Considering these facts I along with most educated people are not surprised by the fact that the Democrats have more money than the Republicans do... It means NOTHING.

    August 31, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Is anyone surprised that the DGA raised a matching one million? However, they got their money from the People. Like us.

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    August 31, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Dennis

    It is NOT a question of whether News Corp (foreign owned) should match political contributions, but whether if CORPORATIONS should be giving anything at all. Americans are tired of corporate executives trying to buy off politicans. Fortunately the AMERICAN CONSUMER is starting to flex their muscle i.e, the boycott of Target who thinking they can buy their mule in Washington. As corporate America has found out the consumer rules the economy and we are NOT happy. We do have discretionary income to spend or NOT to spend and we will chose NOT to spend it on companies who DO NOT have our best interest in mind. So boycott "Dunkin Donuts". Nobody "needs" a coffee or a fat stick and teach the greedy, manipulative corporate executives a lesson.

    August 31, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. g

    fox news is owned by saudi,muslims-divide and conquer

    August 31, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    I think that that is "fair and Balanced!" The extremist agenda on FOX has got to stop pretending that they come anywhere close to being "fair and balanced!" They are doing everything they can to divide America and Americans.

    August 31, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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