CEO's Dole Out Cash to Politicians

Yesterday ran a piece on journalists who had given campaign contributions.  That journalists aren't supposed to give money to campaigns and political parties is old news.  I have no opinion as to whether or not they should be allowed to do so.  What interested me about the article was that it made no mention of campaign contributions from executives of the same of same media outlets. After reading the article the first person I thought of was Rupert Murdoch. How much did he and his fellow CEO's contribute?

If contributions to a political party, PAC, or campaign are an indication of media bias shouldn't funds donated by media executives also be scrutinized? Why doesn't anyone complain about the political contributions of CEO's, executives, even stock holders of media conglomerates?  

Below the fold I've compiled the 2006 contributions of CEO's overseeing the parent companies of TV news outlets. For comparison's sake I also included the contributions of journalists from those same organizations who were singled out in the article. It's a short list that leaves out donations to corporate PAC's. My intention isn't to accuse any organization of bias; however if media bias does exist wouldn't it make just as much sense to start examining it at the top?

In Alphabetical Order

ABC News (Disney)

  • Mary Fulfiniti, a correspondent for "Primetime" gave 500 to Bill Richardson this year.
  • Robert Iger, CEO of Disney gave 21,200 to Dems in 2006 and 4500 to Republicans.

CBS News (Viacom)

  • Serena Altschul, a contributing correspondent for "CBS Sunday Edward H. Forgotson Jr., a producer for "CBS Sunday Morning," gave 1000 in June 2006 to Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy
  • Sumner Resdstone the Chair of Viacom gave 5000 to the DSCC in 2006.

CNN (Time Warner)

  • Guy Raz, a former Jerusalem correspondent gave 500 to John Kerry in June 2004.
  • Richard Parsons the Chair and CEO of Time Warner gave 11000 to Republicans in 2006 and donated 1500 to McCain in 2007.

Fox News (News Corporation)

  • Ann Stewart Banker, a producer for "The O'Reilly Factor," gave 5000 in June 2006 to Volunteer PAC, which gave to Republican candidates.
  • Codie Brooks, a researcher for "Special Report" gave 2600 to Harold Ford Jr. in 2006
  • Rupert Murdoch, Chair and CEO of Newscorp gave 33,100 to Republicans and 6500 to Democrats in 2006.


  • Joe Scarborough, who hosts both "Morning Joe" and "Scarborough Country," gave 4200 in March 2006 to Oregon Republican House Candidate Derrick Kitts.
  • Victoria Corderi a correspondent for "Dateline" gave 250 in December 2005 to Josh Rales, a Democratic house candidate running in the Maryland primary.
  • Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE gave 2100 to Republican Chris Shays in 2006.
Data on journalists is from the list on
Data on CEO's compiled from

Tags: journalism, Media, Media Bias (all tags)



Re: CEO's Dole Out Cash to Politicians

Great info, Melissa - thanks!

by annefrank 2007-06-22 06:54PM | 0 recs
Well Done!

More of this please!

Perhaps the contributions of each media conglomerates' Board of Directors would be the next step?

by TeddySanFran 2007-06-22 07:31PM | 0 recs
Re: CEO's Dole Out Cash to Politicians

I think Rales was a Senate Candidate

by Democraticavenger 2007-06-23 02:26AM | 0 recs
Re: CEO's Dole Out Cash to Politicians

Another question, for CEO's, is how much money they raised for any cadidate or party.

by pseudo999 2007-06-23 04:37AM | 0 recs
Re: CEO's Dole Out Cash to Politicians

Agreed.  I'm also very interested in the varius corporate PAC's.  

by Melissa Ryan 2007-06-23 04:43AM | 0 recs


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