News Corp. Gave Another Million to Help Elect Republicans
News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave a cool $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this summer, according to Politico’s Ben Smith. When earlier reports revealed that the company, owned by Rupert Murdoch, had donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, it drew heavy criticism for what many saw as a confirmation of bias in the political coverage of many of News Corp.’s news outlets.
Smith’s latest scoop will only feed such flames, as the Chamber is currently engaged in what it hopes will be a $75 million spending campaign almost entirely on behalf of Republican candidates during the upcoming election cycle. The Chamber’s nearly $8 million in ad spending thus far makes it the biggest spender of any interest group.
Smith notes that, in the past, News Corp. had — like ABC parent company Disney and NBC parent company GE — spread its donations more evenly across both political parties:
Murdoch’s political leanings were considered to be pragmatic rather than strictly ideological. Although known as a conservative, he turned his right-leaning British papers behind Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair and flirted with support for Senator Hillary Clinton when she was a Democratic presidential candidate. But his political giving have been sharply aligned with the Republican Party this year.