By: Joe Strupp
While their newspapers are busy covering the elections of 2004, owners and top executives of some of the country’s largest papers and chains are busy contributing to candidates — or at least their money-hungry political parties, according to campaign finance records filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Richard Scaife, the outspoken conservative publisher of the Tribune-Review (
Across town, William Block Jr., chairman of Block Communications, which owns the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (
In other family newspaper finances, George R. Hearst, chairman of the board of The Hearst Corp. of New York gave $1,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, while his cousin, William R Hearst III — grandson of William Randolph Hearst and former publisher of the San Francisco Examiner — donated $2,000 to the Joe Lieberman for President campaign and another $2,000 to VenturePac, a political action committee supporting issues related to venture capital firms.
The Murdoch family showed its political leanings with a $2,000 donation to the Bush-Cheney campaign from Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., who also sent $2,000 to Sen. John McCain’s 2004 re-election effort and the same amount to the campaign of California Republican Congressman Bill Thomas.
Wendi Murdoch, his wife, also donated $2,000 to Thomas, while his son, New York Post (
Also in New York, Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman and co-publisher of the New York Daily News (
William Dean Singleton, CEO and vice-chairman of MediaNews Group, who also serves as publisher of his flagship The Denver Post (
Other contributions from members of well-known newspaper families include Michael C. Copley, step-son of retired Copley Newspapers chairwoman Helen Copley, who provided $2,000 to the Bush-Cheney campaign; and William H. Scripps, great-grandson of news pioneer E.W. Scripps, who contributed $2,000 to the president’s re-election campaign, as well as $2,500 to the Republican National Committee.
Even Roxanne Pulitzer, the infamous former wife of Herbert Pulitzer, son of newspaper legend Joseph L. Pulitzer, is in the act, giving $250 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.