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. Pragmatic

    Glenn Beck works for New Corp who owns Fox.

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, through his Kingdom Holding Company, is the second largest shareholder.

    Rupert Murdock, the largest shareholder is an Aussie: the Prince is an Arabian and both have too many fingers in American Politics and American news ( if you can call Fox News) ... Fox always screams "follow the money!" ... well here is one money trail that needs the sunshine!

    August 31, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Hangar 13

    Interesting how little media coverage has been given to the study that shows 88% of political donations from ABC, NBC and CBS employees went to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle. But bias can only exist at Fox, right? Slanted or not, at least Fox presents both sides of every story, and doesn't "bury" news that doesn't fit its editorial agenda, as the others do.

    August 31, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Mark

    CNN representing the left side!!

    August 31, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Whatever....the dems/liberals are like 2 years olds. If NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. had given a mil in one shot to DGA they would not say a word. Hypocrites!

    August 31, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. John Bernard

    Mere pocket change for the thought police at FOX.

    August 31, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. southern cousin

    Wonder why the DGA (and of course CNN) isn't reporting that 88% of the employees of CBS, NBC and ABC gave money to the Democratic committees? I guess that kind of coverage would be "fair and balanced" and therefore abhorrent to the racially biased, bigoted and corrupt democrats.

    August 31, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Dave

    Why not be fair and balanced yourself and highlight the fact that Fox's democrat contributions are 50% of their total givings and prior to this they had given more to dems? Why not mention that the one million only balanced their total givings so to even the field between democrats and republicans?

    August 31, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    faux news, what a bunch of slimey folks they are. Owned by foreigners and putting out propoganda that Paul Joseph Goebbels would be more than proud of.

    August 31, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. all of America

    The democrats should be investigated because this money is most likely stolen from the taxpayer in the form of the union bailout that was passed earlier this month. Besides, It really doesn't matter how much money the dems waste on their campaign ,they are going to loose this fall anyway. If the republicans stopped campaigning today , the dems will still loose big time in november ! The majority of the public has already made up their minds ,and if the corrupt dems don't rig the elections ,AGAIN, the republicans will win big.

    August 31, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. ruty

    The republican party sucks.

    August 31, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. TCM

    totally misleading....article, usual.

    August 31, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. Jackalope

    The irony is that almost all the money, Democratic and Republican, will go to electronic media, mostly TV, to buy spots. Much of the FOX (Republican) money will be returned to FOX, preaching to the choir.

    Probably none of the Democratic money will go to FOX, since their viewers are "true believers" whose opinions cannot be influenced except by FOX's paranoid, extreme right-wing anti-Obama propaganda.

    August 31, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Ridgeway

    I thought we were rid of the Daschles. What rock was this goober hiding under? Does anyone care what the Dems do? They've already abused this Country and working people by funding social engineering with tax money.

    August 31, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. diridi

    do not trust this Fox news...they are bunch of chelas of GOP goondas...thugs....

    August 31, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Sweet. Fox News IS a mouth piece for the Rethugs. President Obama has kept yet another campaign promise. He has ended combat in Iraq and is turning the country back over the the citizens who should be running it anyway. Thank you President Obama.

    August 31, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, Fox News supports the free market and respects private property... except if that private property happens to be owned by muslims, then it should be taken over by government and regulated. Fun fact: the number one foreign investor in Fox News is the same Saudi Prince Al-Waleed who finances the mosque.

    August 31, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Barry

    Every news agency donates. Why are they still whining about this?

    August 31, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. Steve

    Bought and paid for... Money=free speach What a crock!

    Perhaps the best way to determine election winners would be to bring back dueling. At least every election we'd reduce the number of lying egocentric fools.

    Uh... On second thought, it wouldn't work. The Republicans would shoot first and ask questions later, and probably shoot the bystanders (like Dick Cheney and the Iraq war) and the Democrats would be afraid to pull the trigger no matter what advantage they had....

    August 31, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. George of the jungle

    Good show. We democrats need to stick togeather every 5 or 10 dollars helps our cause. Let's go forward Not backward. Vote in NOvember . Look at the repo idiots they are still trying to put a spin on the war in iraq ending. We have had to look at hurrican Katrina again this week . Don't you all remember how the repos handeled that???
    Taxes are lower than the last administration . Vote the repos out

    August 31, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Kendall

    And where did this 1 million dollars come from? Seems that all the news markets couldn't Fox enough when the Repubs got 1 million. So who gave the money here?

    August 31, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. The Incompetent Mr. Obama

    Fox isn't your problem.

    The American Voter is.

    We know which party
    ***Passed the joke called OBAMA CARE
    ***More than tripled the Deficit
    ***Has incresed the GOVT spending and budget
    ***Increased regulations driving up business costs
    ***Balied out union pensions with tax payer dollars
    ***Is spporting amnesty

    August 31, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Gee

    Soooooo, what big business, lap dog lobbyist, crooked wall street people contributed to the DNC? That is how they lable anyone that contributes to the RNC even though they ultimately get their money from the same places........creepy liberals

    August 31, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. KO

    I totally believe this–every time I watch Faux "News" I want to send the Democrats a check. I hope a lot of Democrats tune into Faux between now and November.

    August 31, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Chris

    I don't understand the problem.

    Republicans are well known for their support of unfettered capitalism (leave businesses alone to do what they want) and do as I say conservative social agendas. This is not new.

    How is this news? That Democrats raised a seemingly equal amount of money to counter them (in this instance)?


    This country is so screwed up.

    Career politicians have no clue what's about to happen when the new generation takes over politically. I hope and pray the young folks rip the old career politico's a new one.

    The problem with conservatism is they "insist" everyone follow their rules. They want laws mandating it.

    Liberals at least give you the option.

    August 31, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Mike

    How come every single news outlet touts Fox news as the mouthpiece of the Republican party without giving equal face time to NBC for being the liberal hack, excuse me, the mouthpiece, for the Democratic party?
    NBC and MSNBC are the most liberal news and/or media organizations in this country yet we hear little to nothing of their anti-conservative bias, their constant name calling (see any program they have regarding the Palin family) of any Republican, their divisive attitude, and their unrealistic vision for the U.S.?
    I hear a lot about people wanting to move toward a more Socialistic country but I'll bet not one of these idiots has sent in their donation check to the IRS. If they want to help out so bad why are they not footing the bill for the America THEY want? They just want to force their liberal agenda on the other half of the country that disagrees with then right after bashing the Republicans for wanting to do the same.
    What a bunch of hypocrites these liberals are.

    August 31, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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