October 1st, 2010
10:59 AM ET
9 years ago

Report: News Corp. gave $1M to Chamber of Commerce

(CNN) – Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation took heat last summer after it was revealed the media conglomerate steered $1 million to the Republican Governor's Association.

But it turns out that was only part of the story. According to Politico, the corporation that owns Fox News has also donated $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - a pro-business lobby that heavily donates to Republican candidates across the country.

The Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c) organization and as such does not have to publicly disclose the sources of its contributions. News Corp. is also not legally required to disclose its donations.

Contacted by CNN, Chamber of Commerce spokesman J.P. Fielder declined to discuss the donation.

"The Chamber's membership includes a broad cross-section of industries and sectors, as well as business large and small," he said. "We don't discuss specific membership issues."

A spokesman for News Corp. declined to comment.

News Corporation's contribution to the RGA, however, sparked outrage among Democrats and media critics, who said Fox News could no longer claim neutrality when it covers the midterm elections.

News Corp. spokesman Jack Horner defended the RGA donation in a statement to CNN.

"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," he said.

A CNN August review of several media corporations' political donations showed that all of them - including CNN's parent company Time Warner - have given to both Republican and Democratic organizations, but in smaller amounts than News Corp.

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  1. ThinkAgain

    The Citizens United case was a huge goal for the Republicans when they stole the election in 2000 and put Bush and his right-wing puppeteers in office. And this is the result: Direct and massive influence by corporations on our political process.

    This is what we'll get EVEN MORE OF if Republicans regain control of the House and Senate.

    One nation, under Murdoch, with corporate slavery and no rights for all.

    Come November, vote for our country's future – vote Democratic!

    October 1, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. stufit

    Any idea of how much the SEIU, UAW, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Teamsters, CWA, etc. have given to Democrat liberal candidates or is this just a story to try to cast some sort of scandal regarding the Republicans? Can you tell me how many times, Rupert Murdock or the president of the US Chamber of Commerce has slept in the White House in the last 20 months as opposed to how many times Andy Stern (currently under a number of fraud and corruption investigations) has slept in the White House, or is this just another liberal slanted story by CNN?

    October 1, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. cecilia

    best government money can buy – soon we will have a government of the Murdock , by the Murdock and for the Murdock and for all of the right wing, racist tiny minds and what is left of the decent Republicans will jump on board and bow to rush and beck – and oh there will be dancing in the streets – and By God honor will be restored to America – good luck with all that

    October 1, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    First for Republican Governors Association $1 million this is second $1 million form FOX to GOP this is outrage. Other news organization also contribute but they split between two parties

    Rupert Murdoch urges Congress to reform immigration but in FOX different view

    Un fair un balance network

    October 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. William Jefferson

    Murdoch – an Autralian, and the second largest stockholder – A SAUDI - are not content with trying to fix our elections and undermine Amrican democracy with just their 24/7 stream of lies and propaganda from fixed noise and their radio and print outlets. Now they are seeking to directly purchase congressional seats as well.

    Don't we have laws about foreigners contriubing to elections? And don't conservatives usually have hissy fits at the merest hint of foreigners doing anything in the US? Where is their outrage at an Australian and a Saudi trying to buy US elections?

    October 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Dean

    Good for them. I support everyone who contributes to getting Republicans elected at every level of government.

    October 1, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    There is no doubt the Murdock & Faux News are buying America's government; by donating $1 million to the Chamber of Commerce, Murdock is influencing how the "Chamber" reacts to President Obama & the Democrats in Congress.

    I want to ask Republicans WHY are you not allowing a vote on a bill to LOWER the Taxes for Middle Class Americans?

    October 1, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. redpens

    I saw another poll that 88% of the lamestream media gave money to the Democrats. I don't know how anyone could give those socialists a dime.

    October 1, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Laura, Boston

    So who do the Unions contribute to? Mostly DemocRATs. If Mr. Murdock chooses to make legal donations he can do so. If the owners of NBC or CNN contributed big time to dems would it even be a story? I highly doubt it.

    October 1, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. diridi

    make lobby illegal...financial distribution leads to ulterior motives with malafide intentions, need to be stopped in the nation, put them into prison....pass Senate and Congress Term Limits....anti-lobby in this nation....till this is done, this nation goes to Dogs...just pass needed enactments....o.k. GOP thugs messed and will mess this nation like this many times and many times ahead...God Bless the USA!!!!

    October 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. smarty

    Anyone with a brain knows that News Corp., aka. Fox News is just another arm of the Republican Party. So really, this isn't news as much as the typical hipocrisy associated with Fox News pretending to be a legitimate news outlet.

    October 1, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. elidude

    Isn't this one reason it USED to be illegal for foreign individuals to own new outlets in the US, so people such as Murdoch couldn't screw around in national politics?!

    October 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. jboh

    This is news? Of course FOX/GOP is donating to Chamber of Com. Another proof that FOX is not a news network, but the propaganda wing of the GOP/TEA.

    October 1, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. jeff, alabama

    CNN, are you seriously reporting on ANOTHER news agency
    that shows blatant support for a particular party ?
    Shame on you and all your reporters who had cold chills run
    up their legs when they heard Obama speak during the last
    big election. What a crock of crap to even bring Fox News up.

    October 1, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    So......he supports business. Big surprise.

    October 1, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Republicans is smart in the head area

    So basically they gave $2M to the Republicans as the Chamber is pretty much a wholly owned subsidiary of the right wing.

    October 1, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. 33 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    So what? Since when is the Chamber of Commerce a big deal? Oh yeah... it doesn't support Obozo's socialist programs so it's now a bad bad boy. Got to demonoize them for sure. Welcome to the new united America under Obozo.

    October 1, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Peter s

    Is the United States on sale? Murdoch and his goons are hell bent to buy elections through the back door!!!

    October 1, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Fox like any other network has the freedom of speech, however, they use the airways to spread a lot of hate and false propaganda and that's a threat to freedom of speech. The day will come when they will control the airways just like Hitler and you won't have any freedom of speech to speak out for yourself.

    October 1, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. jay1975

    The Chamber of Commerce supports business owners, so I guess this means that Dems are anti-business (big surprise).. Mordoch is a naturalized citizen since 1985, so it is not a foreign owned company. The majority of the MSM give to Dems as do unions and other groups of ill repute. Where's the real outrage, or is it just the fake lefty outrage that others would do what they do?

    October 1, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Ancient Texan

    Murdock VS. George Soros, SEIU, AFL-CIO, Teachers Unions. Sounds like the playing field is leveling a little. The Unions bought and paid for the current Administration.

    October 1, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |