Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is getting campaign cash from some unlikely sources. According to the Raw Story, James Murdoch, son of right-wing media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his wife Kathryn Murdoch each contributed $615,000 to the Biden victory fund in June. In May, Rupert’s own wife, former supermodel Jerry Hall, also cut a check for $500 for the Biden camp.
The elder Murdoch—who lives part time at his Moraga Winery in Bel Air—owns several politically conservative media properties, including The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, The New York Post, and, of course, Fox News. After selling off 20th Century Fox films and television to Disney last year, Murdoch and his older son Lachlan kept a tight grip on the 24-hour news network, which a Pew study shows was the main source of news for more Americans than any other media outlet when Trump was elected in 2016.
Hall, who was previously coupled with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and married Murdoch in March 2016, has been known to campaign for progressive causes in the past. In 2019, she told Harper’s Bazaar that she was joining her daughters to help see the Equal Rights Amendment be passed. Five-hundred dollars isn’t exactly a windfall for the democratic candidate, but Murdoch’s biographer, Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff, says the mogul has always appreciated “independent” women and is “conflict-averse” within his own family.
As for James and Kathryn, they’ve long been the liberal-leaning relations. James backed Pete Buttigieg early in the Democratic primary, and The Washington Post reports that Kathryn is “increasingly giving to Democrats this cycle, including $1 million to help Senate Democrats.” The couple also issued a statement in early 2020 taking issue with Fox News’ climate change denial.
Rupert Murdoch has been quiet this presidential election cycle, but has apparently made numerous contributed to the campaign of South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
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