The Democratic presidential contenders may be shunning the Fox News debates, but they’re scooping Fox and parent company News Corp cash. The Huffington Post is pointing specifically to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. It’s known that while Rupert Murdoch is an arch conservative, News Corp. No. 2 Peter Chernin is a devoted Democrat, while heir James Murdoch is an ardent environmentalist. And underneath them in the pecking order are News Corp and Fox execs who lean left as well as right.
In her most recent filing at the FEC, Clinton reported two donations from the very top of the News Corp corporate structure: Rupert Murdoch gave her presidential bid $2,300, and, a few weeks later, son James, chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting in London, gave $3,400. HuffPo says that, altogether, News Corp/Fox executives gave at least $40,000 to the Clinton campaign. (In July 2006, the elder Murdoch hosted a fundraiser for Clinton’s Senate re-election campaign, raising many eyebrows among Democrats.)
HuffPo says Obama has taken more $14,000 from NewsCorp/Fox executives, although none came from the Murdochs themselves. Obama’s contributions from NewsCorp/Fox executives included $2,300 each from Daniel Fawcett and Donna Isaacson; $1,000 each from Carla Hacken and Jospeh Hartwick; and a number of donations from other News Corp and Fox officials and employees.
Edwards received substantially less than Clinton or Obama. His contributions from NewsCorp/Fox executives Louis Supowitz, Jonathan Sarrow, Sean A. Riley, and Jonathan Sarrow total just under $1,000, HuffPo reported.
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