‘NY Times’ Mag Editor May Have Broken Political Gift Ban

By: Joe Strupp

An editor at The New York Times Magazine may have violated the newspaper’s highly-publicized ban on political campaign contributions with a $1,000 donation to John Kerry’s presidential campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis confirmed that the newspaper was looking into the contribution by Elizabeth Stewart, a fashion editor for the Times Magazine, who made the donation on May 20, according to campaign records listed at the PoliticalMoneyLine Web site.

“Right now we are checking,” Mathis told E&P. “We would certainly tell the employee this is in violation of the policy, but we never discuss disciplinary action.”

Stewart, who is based in Los Angeles, could not be reached for comment Monday. A review of campaign records indicated three other Times employees also had given to the Kerry campaign this year, but none are in the editorial department.

“The policy does not apply to non-newsroom employees,” Mathis said.

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