Campaign donations made by media companies and the bigwigs who run them were primarily funneled to Democratic campaigns and organizations.
Last week, we looked at the ways in which the largest U.S. media companies donated to Republican candidates and organizations by using The Center for Responsive Politics website, OpenSecrets.org. The website tracks campaign contributions made to PACs (political action committees), candidates and other political organizations.
According to the website, contributions made by large media conglomerates (which is comprised of the companies' PACs and employees who list the media companies as their respective employers) overwhelmingly went to Democratic entities, including President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
In the case of News Corp., Time Warner, Comcast, and the Walt Disney Co., donations made to Obama were roughly ten times the amount than donations made to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. For example, Comcast donated a total of $206,056 to Obama, compared to $20,500 to Mitt Romney. CBS Corp.'s PAC differed in that the committee donated to more Republicans than Democrats.
Media CEOs, though, also donated more to Democrats than Repubicans. By exception of News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch (who donated heavily to the GOP), Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes and CBS' Leslie Moonves (who both only donated to their corporations' respective PACs), media CEOs gave significantly more donations to Democratic politicians than their Republican counterparts.
For example, the Walt Disney Co.'s Bob Iger donated $30,800 to the DNC Services Corporation; $25,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and $5,000 to Obama's campaign.
Comcast's Brian L. Roberts donated $10,000 to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania (the state where the company's headquarters are located); $4,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and $20,000 to the DNC Services Corporation.
Take a look at the slideshow below to view how media conglomerates and CEOs donated to Democratic candidates and organizations.
News Corp. gave a total of $58,825 to Obama, compared to the $2,750 the company donated to Romney's campaign.
While the News Corp. chief donated heavily to Republican candidates and organizations during the 2012 election cycle, his wife Wendi donated $2,500 to Democratic Sen. Kristen Gillibrand.
Comcast donated $206,056 to Obama's campaign, compared to the $20,500 the company gave to Romney.
Brian L. Roberts
The Comcast chairman and CEO gave to both political parties and his company's PAC, but his personal donations were primarily directed to members and organizations of the Democratic Party. He donated $10,000 to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania; $4,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and $20,000 to the DNC Services Corp. He also donated $5,000 to Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey; $2,500 to New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; and $2,500 to Rep. Steny Hoyer.
In addition to donating $10,000 to Comcast's PAC, NBC Universal chief Stephen Burke donated $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Time Warner donated $191,834 to Barack Obama, compared to $10,750 to Romney's campaign.
The Time Warner chief gave $10,000 to the company's PAC.
Walt Disney Co.
Walt Disney Co. donated $125,856 to Obama's campaign, more than ten times the amount the company gave to Romney.
The Walt Disney Co. chief donated heavily to Democratic organizations and candidates. In addition to giving a total of $10,000 the company's PAC, Iger donated $30,800 to the DNC Services Corp; $25,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and $5,000 to Obama's campaign. Iger also donated to senators including Maryland's Ben Cardin; Rhode Island's Sheldon Whitehouse; Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar; and Florida's Bill Nelson.
CBS Corp.'s PAC gave $16,500 to House Democrats and $9,000 to Senate Democrats.
CBS chief Les Moonves donated a total of $10,000 to the corporation's PAC.