'Dozens' of Media Groups, Individuals Have Supported Clinton Foundation

May 16th, 2015 4:13 PM

For years, national media stars have lined up to speak or moderate debates at the fall Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York. Bill Clinton routinely does a round of sappy TV interviews – unless someone messes up the program with a tough question like Fox’s Chris Wallace, who drew Slick Willie’s wrath in 2006.

Media companies also line up to line the Clinton Foundation’s pockets, leading to another big corporate list of conflicts of interest, according to Politico:

NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show.

The list also includes mass media groups like Comcast, Time Warner and Viacom, as well a few notable individuals, including Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom magnate and largest shareholder of The New York Times Company, and James Murdoch, the chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox. Both Slim and Murdoch have given between $1 million to $5 million, respectively.

Clintonistas point to the Murdoch money and the donations (and pro-foundation fulminations) of Newsmax boss Christopher Ruddy, who used to accuse the Clintons of the most nefarious murders, and say “See? The foundation’s nonpartisan!”

Politico's list is below:


Carlos Slim
Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder

James Murdoch
Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox

Newsmax Media
Florida-based conservative media network

Thomson Reuters
Owner of the Reuters news service



News Corporation Foundation
Philanthropic arm of former Fox News parent company


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Richard Mellon Scaife (now deceased)
Owner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Abigail Disney
Documentary filmmaker

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Howard Stringer
Former CBS, CBS News and Sony executive

Intermountain West Communications Company
Local television affiliate owner (formerly Sunbelt Communications)


Bloomberg L.P.

Discovery Communications Inc.

George Stephanopoulos
ABC News chief anchor and chief political correspondent

Mort Zuckerman
Owner of New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report (usnews.com)

Time Warner Inc.
Owner of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting




Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Presenters of the Golden Globe Awards

Owner of Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and other cable networks


Knight Foundation
Non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting journalism

Public Radio International

Turner Broadcasting
Parent company of CNN



Parent company of NBCUniversal

NBC Universal
Parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC

Public Broadcasting Service


Robert Allbritton
Owner of POLITICO parent company Capitol News Group


AOL Huffington Post Media Group

Hearst Corporation

Judy Woodruff
PBS Newshour co-anchor and managing editor

The Washington Post Company