Surprise! 89% of NPR Political Contributions Go to the Left

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National Public Radio (and its twin PBS) — as well as public government employee unions, like teachers’ unions and SEIU — are merely entities that act as conduits to send TAXPAYER dollars to the Demonrat Party, Demonrat candidates, and liberal-Progressive-socialist-commie causes and interests. 
It’s a giant shell game.
By allowing our hardearned dollars to support these entities, Republicans, Conservatives, and Independents are actually financing those with interests and objectives directly opposed to ours — and America’s. How stupid is that.
~Eowyn

From “NPR Boardmembers and Fundraisers Give Overwhelmingly to Democrats,” by Danielle Kurtzleben, US News, March 15, 2011:
Conservatives have long complained that the public broadcaster has a liberal bias, a charge NPR’s defenders have denied. In at least one regard, however, NPR’s board and fundraisers have, as a whole, shown a marked lean to the left in recent years: political contributions. A review of campaign finance data found that NPR board members’ campaign contributions have sharply favored Democrats. Since 2004, members of the boards of NPR and the NPR Foundation, the public broadcaster’s fundraising arm, have contributed nearly $2.2 million to federal candidates, parties, and PACs, of which $1.95 million, or 89 percent, has gone to Democratic candidates and liberal-leaning political action committees. [See where members of Congress get their campaign contributions.]
Officers and trustees of the NPR Foundation, which has no control over the organization’s programming, have given substantially to national political campaigns in recent years. According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, this group’s members (as listed on NPR’s most recent available annual report, from fiscal year 2008) have given almost $2.1 million to political campaigns in the last eight years. Fully 89 percent of this giving was to Democrats and progressive organizations. These figures include all federal contributions since the 2004 election cycle, the first in which “soft money” contributions were banned. “Soft money” refers to money given to a party for non-campaign activities, which until being banned in 2002 were unlimited and largely unregulated.
A majority of contributions from members of NPR’s Board of Directors have likewise gone to Democrats. This board comprises 10 NPR station managers, the NPR president, the NPR Foundation president, and five prominent members of the public, selected by the board and confirmed by member stations. Political contributions by these station managers have been virtually nonexistent, and there are also no recorded political contributions from either Ron Schiller or Vivian Schiller. Of the five public board members, however, giving has been far more Democratic than Republican, with nearly 95 percent of the group’s $106,000 in contributions going to Democrats or progressive committees. Three of these members have given exclusively to Democrats since the start of 2003, though in amounts less than $5,000 each. One member, Carol Cartwright, has given $4,100 to Republicans and $700 to Democrats. But the biggest giver, John A. Herrmann, Jr., has given $82,500 to candidates and committees since 2003, 98 percent of it to Democrats. [See editorial cartoons about the Democratic Party.]
NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher says political giving does not impact NPR’s news coverage. [Hahahahaha. Good joke! ~Eowyn] She points out that the foundation is primarily responsible for fundraising and is not involved in programming, and that NPR’s board “is not involved in day to day [operations]” and does not make recommendations about news coverage. “Past political contributions of members of a foundation or board–I would hesitate drawing a line between that and our news coverage,” she adds.
The tendency toward Democratic giving does not extend across all areas of public broadcasting. For example, five of the six members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to local public radio and television across the country, were appointed by President George W. Bush. The board members’ cumulative giving since 2003 totals over $100,000, nearly three-quarters of which has gone to Republicans.
See which members of Congress get the most in campaign contributions from the TV, movies, and music industry.
H/t Canada Free Press.
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Surprise! 89% of NPR Political Contributions Go to the Left

  1. Aside of the foreign broadcasts of Voice of America, I don’t believe that any tax dollars should go to any broadcasting. All that started in the infancy of the broadcast age when there were only 3 channels and rural people may have had problems with access. That situation has not existed for a decade or more. There are literally 100s of TV channels on cable TV, the internet is a huge resource and …. believe it or not…. farmers have MP3 players and are able to download podcasts if their radios do not provide the information they need.
    There are 100s of foundations funding the arts and entertainment field and the federal well is dried up! If PBS and NPR cannot come up with an alternative to dependence on government handouts, they have a dead business model and deserve to go under.

     
  2. I’m shocked!
    Defund them now…

     
  3. Defund!

     

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