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News Corp. among biggest contributors to Republican governors

By Laurie Bennett

August 17, 2010 at 8:47am

The man who owns the News is taking a role in American gubernatorial politics.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. contributed $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in June.

Three-quarters of U.S. governorships are on the ballot this year, and Republicans are expected to gain several posts.

Unlike political parties and candidates for federal office, the governors associations can accept unlimited donations from corporations.

The RGA’s most recent report to the Internal Revenue Service shows that the organization collected more than $19 million in the second quarter of 2010. The report shows several big contributors. David Koch of Koch Industries contributed $1 million and Paul Singer, a partner at Elliott Management in New York, gave $500,000.

Companies giving $100,000 or more included Wellpoint, Contran, Exxon Mobil and General Electric. The Service Employees International Union also contributed $100,000.

The Democratic Governors Association brought in less than half of the Republican take during the quarter, receiving $9 million.

Unions such as AFSCME and the American Federation of Teachers were the biggest Democratic donors. Corporations giving $100,000 or more included Arch Coal, AstraZeneca, ATT and Covanta.

Companies that have given at least $100,000 to both organizations during this election cycle include Travelers Indemnity, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and Centene.

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