News Corp., which owns Fox News and the New York Post, gave $1 million to Haley Barbour’s Republican Governors Association this year, according to the RGA’s most recent filing.
The company’s media outlets play politics more openly than most, but the huge contribution to a party committee is a new step toward an open identification between Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and the GOP. The company’s highest-ranking Democratic executive, Peter Chernin, recently departed.
Sure, kind of obvious, but as Politico points out, even for News Corp this is kind of a big step further in the direction of open partisanship. Meanwhile, Media Matters raises an interesting question: does this donation violate News Corp company policy?
From the News Corp Standards of Business Conduct:
No payment shall be made to, or for the benefit of, any public official in order to induce or entice such official to: enact, defeat or violate any law or regulation for the Company’s benefit; influence any official act; or obtain any favorable action by a governmental agency or official on behalf of the Company.
Paging the News Corp compliance department…