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Chief of Fox News gives $1M to group bashing Strickland



Published: Fri, October 8, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Darrel Rowland and Jonathan Riskind

Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS

Though John Kasich’s old boss at Fox News couldn’t legally give him $1 million directly, Rupert Murdoch now acknowledges his ‘friendship’ with Kasich sparked a million-dollar contribution to a group running ads bashing Gov. Ted Strickland.

The donation went to the Republican Governors Association, which has bought more than $1 million worth of anti-Strickland ads — more than 3,000 spots in central Ohio alone. The commercials all have slammed Strickland with the line “he didn’t get the jobs done.”

The Democratic Governors Association plans to file a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission over the ad. The Democratic group says Murdoch’s new comments indicate that he was earmarking the $1 million for Kasich, which would be illegal.

“News Corp., parent company of Fox, gave $1 million to defeat Ohio’s Democratic governor and put one of its own hosts in control of one of the most important states for 2012,” the association said.

Murdoch is head of News Corp., which includes Fox News, where Kasich worked as a commentator and host for several years.

A News Corp. spokesman refused to comment.

Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said they asked Murdoch for a contribution, but added, “We don’t earmark any money for any states. Donors know that straight up.”

Kasich spokesman Scot Milburn said, ‘This [Murdoch contribution] is not something the campaign solicited.’

A Strickland campaign spokeswoman declined to comment.

Murdoch was asked Thurday night whether the million-dollar gift to the Republican Governors Association might affect the public’s perception of Fox News, whose theme is “fair and balanced.”

“It doesn’t reflect on Fox News,” he said, according to Politico, a Washington publication covering politics. “It had nothing to do with Fox News. The RGA (gift) was actually (a result of) my friendship with John Kasich.”

The Democratic Governors Association— which has run anti-Kasich spots — filed a complaint about a month ago with the Elections Commission accusing Fox of an illegal in-kind donation to Kasich because it displayed a link to the Republican’s website while he was on The O’Reilly Factor. The association later withdrew that complaint so it could be amended, and Murdoch’s admission now will be included.

News Corp. also has given $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has spent several million dollars this year to support Republican candidates. Murdoch told Politico he thought the chamber contribution would not become public knowledge.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"The commercials all have slammed Strickland with the line “he didn’t get the jobs done.”"

Out of work ? Try getting a job . They are very scarce . Strickland's plan is to raise taxes to make up for the loss in revenue from the unemployed . There is no need for him to create any jobs .

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2Ozzie(1 comment)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

"Fair and Balanced" 1,000,000 more reasons to support Strickland.

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3wksb50(32 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

a lot of county workers were laid off this year since there wasn't enough help sent from strickland. he may be laid off too. then he can see how it feels.

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4piak(508 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

It's Murdoch's money. What he does with it outside of Fox News is HIS BUSINESS.

The NFL: is it in the entertainment business or not? Dan Rooney campaigned for and donated to the "Messiah". So the Steelers are politically unreliable as a football team? Or...didn't the old geezer have the right to back who he wanted?

Fox brings on BOTH sides of the story.
On their panel shows, they counter balance Liberals with Conservatives. They have their share of libs on there. Murdoch's network is not carrying Obama's (OR ANYONE ELSE'S) water for them.

So-if Murdoch had given money to Strickland ( whether he knew Strickland or not) no one would have said crap about it. This says it all for the propaganda networks, outside of Fox News, that exist in our media.

Yeah, lets have a one party system in this country. Then we can join all the other loosers in the world.

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5Education_Voter(858 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

No Piak.
Murdoch is not even American. I resent his meddling in our political process. It seems to me that he is trying to control us.
For him to reach even into Ohio, rather than just the coasts and the federal government is very scary.

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6Education_Voter(858 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

wksb50,
So you think county workers would get more support from Kasich? Do you know this is a man who said he wants to "Break the backs of the teachers' union?" You think he's cozy with other public workers?

Kasich has said prefers to eliminate the state income tax. Would Kasich then double the sales tax, the most repressive of taxes? Or would he just shut down state government?
And what of Kasich's media campaign, backed by big-money interests, branding Gov. Ted Strickland with the lie of having raised taxes by more than $800 million? The truth is known: A budget surplus of a few years ago prompted passage of a three-phase reduction in state income taxes. With today's recession shortfall, the only wise and workable choice was postponing the third phase, thereby preserving a badly needed $851 million. That was responsible stewardship, not a tax increase.

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