Watchdog: Don’t let News Corp Donations Sway Congressional Investigations

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Washington, D.C.-Public Campaign Action Fund launched a campaign today calling on members of Congress to fully investigate the possibility that News Corp hacked the telephone records of Americans and to stand firm against the millions of dollars in campaign cash and lobbying fees News Corp. and its employees have used to influence Washington.

“If Americans were targeted in this scandal, we need the truth,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund. “Congress should protect us, not its big donors like News Corp.”

Due to its financial clout in Washington, News Corp. is listed as a “Heavy Hitter,” by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. News Corp. employees have spent nearly $6 million on campaign contributions to federal candidates, parties, and political action committees since 2000. In addition, the company has spent more than $50 million lobbying Congress in the same time period.

Both Media Matters for America and Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility (CREW) in Washington have already called on the committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on the scandal.

The now-shuttered News of the World and other Murdoch properties in Britain had employees in America and, as CREW noted, a New York City police offer claims he was offered money to retrieve phone records oh 9/11 victims and their families.

“What Murdoch’s employees did in Britain was unconscionable,” said Donnelly. “And Congress can’t let News Corp’s political influence block a full and thorough investigation, wherever that may lead.”

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