03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How Media Gives (And Often Doesn't Give) To The Presidential Candidates

By definition, journalists are expected to remain neutral when reporting the news -- but just in case writers "forget" their obligations from time to time, their impartiality is reinforced by official company policies. Media organizations that range from the New York Times to ABC and CBS to specifically instruct employees they are to avoid all overt political activity -- aside from voting -- though other media congloms seem to give their staffers more slack in their
private political lives. Thus, it is unsurprising that a Fundrace search for major media personalities turned up few hits, and the individuals whose donations are noted -- Larry Flynt's $2,300 to Dennis Kucinich, for one -- either wear their political affiliations on their sleeves or are so far on the fringe that their opinions aren't held to the same standards as those of the mainstream media. Additionally, most media donations, as first demonstrated by an investigative report filed by MSNBC's Bill Dedman last month, tend to lean towards Democrats, including a $2.300 donation to Hillary Clinton made by a "K. Murdoch" -- Rupert Keith Murdoch, anyone?

A sampling:

Peter Chernin
Hillary Clinton $4,600
Barack Obama $2,100

Hugh Hefner
Barack Obama $2,300
Hillary Clinton $2,300

Lorne Michaels

Christopher Dodd $4,600
John McCain $2,300

Atoosa Rubenstein
Barack Obama $2,300

Ben Silverman
Hillary Clinton $4,600
Barack Obama $2,300

Jerry Springer
Hillary Clinton $4,600

Howard Stringer
Hillary Clinton $4,600
Christopher Dodd $2,500

Jann Wenner
John Edwards $1,000
Barack Obama $1,000

Among the media figures whose names do not appear in Fundrace? Katie Couric, Bill O'Reilly, Dan Rather, Charlie Gibson, Sumner Redstone, Graydon Carter, Anna Wintour, Oprah Winfrey, Les Moonves, Jeff Zucker, Cindy Adams, Janice Min, David Remnick, Matt Drudge, Don Imus, Diane Sawyer, Chris Matthews, Adam Moss, Tim Russert, Keith Olbermann, Ann Coulter, Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, Cyndi Leive, Robert Gottlieb, Sean Hannity, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr... and the list goes on.

See who else is (or is not) bankrolling the 2008 Presidential election. Search by name or street address to see the cash donations and political leanings of your boss, neighbors, relatives, friends, and favorite celebrities.