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Fox sends it’s crony to political fundraiser

If you though Fox News doesn’t get involved in politics, then you are wrong. Carl Cameron who works at Fox as the chief political correspondent will be heading to a political fundraiser and will speak there. This fundraiser is benefiting a group run by former Republican Party officials and linked to controversial industrialists Charles and David Koch. Cameron is a speaker at The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy’s (JBC) annual Libertas Dinner on July 23. The event will also feature former Gov. Steve Merrill (R-NH) and honor Joe McQuaid, publisher of the Union Leader and “GOP Kingmaker in New Hampshire.” Sponsorship levels run from $100 to $10,000.

But for Cameron won’t get paid. Cameron joined Fox News in 1996 and serves as its chief political correspondent. His duties include reporting on political campaigns, including from New Hampshire. He was previously the political director for New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV.

The group’s website features conservative policy prescriptions carrying headlines such as “Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Entry Level Workers Most”“Obamacare’s problems are more than just a website”; and “Medicaid Expansion is Bad Medicine for New Hampshire.”

JBC is linked to the Kochs through the Charles Koch Institute, which lists the New Hampshire group as a “partner organization” for its summer fellow program.

The group’s funding has also been a source of controversy due to its connection to the Koch brothers, as noted by Granite State Progress and the Center for Media and Democracy. The Nashua Telegraph noted(subscription required) in December that progressive groups had found that JBC was funded by “the Donors Capital Fund with nearly $500,000 in grants since 2009 that at times made up 56 percent of Josiah Bartlett’s financing. The Koch Brothers have financially supported the Donors Capital Fund.” The Donors Capital Fund, along with its affiliated group Donors Trust, acts as a “dark-money ATM” for conservatives groups from wealthy individuals like the Kochs.

The Center has denied receiving financial support from the Koch brothers. Telegraph reported that “Arlinghaus said he was unaware of where the Donors Capital Fund got its support but likened it to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. ‘If the Koch Brothers did support it, we wouldn’t know that and we wouldn’t care … Our donors by and large are conservatives philosophically. That may come as a great shock to Granite State Progress but it’s nothing we’ve hidden or should be a surprise to anyone who’s paid attention.”

Media Matters documented how 15 Fox News hosts and contributors have recently campaigned with two political organizations (Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation) created and heavily funded by the Kochs.

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