Twice in this election cycle, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation donated $1 million to a GOP-aligned advocacy group. Politico reported last night that over the summer Mr. Murdoch donated $1 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is leading an advertising push for Republican candidates in the midterm elections.
Earlier this summer, Mr. Murdoch’s News Corp. donated $1 million to the Republican Governor’s Association. At the time, The New York Times reported that it was one of the largest donations ever given by a media company to a political cause.
Mr. Murdoch was also on Capitol Hill yesterday testifying alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a House Judiciary subcomimittee about immigration reform. Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Bloomberg were arguing that creating a path to citizenship for millions of iillegal immigrants living in America would provide a much-needed boost for the economy. “It is nonsense to talk of expelling 12 million people. Not only is it impractical, it is cost prohibitive,” Mr. Murdoch said.
Representatives on the committee asked Mr. Murdoch how he would reconcile his views with the anti-immigrant sentiment that flies around on Fox News. “We are not anti-immigrant on Fox News,” he said. Later he added that “I have no trouble in supporting what I’m saying here today on Fox News, nor would a great number of the commentators on Fox News.”
Mr. Murdoch’s political donations are the latest development in a long-standing battle of words between President Obama’s administration and Fox News. Last week in an interview with Rolling Stone‘s Jann Wenner and Eric Bates, President Obama said that the opinions that are promoted on Fox News are “ultimately destructive for the long-term growth of a country that has a vibrant middle class and is competitive in the world.” President Obama added that Mr. Murdoch is concerned first and foremost with running a successful business.