Joe Scarborough has been suspended for two days following the discovery of eight contributions of $500 to the campaigns of friends and family members running for office in Florida. Scarborough’s wife contributed matching donations on the same day in each case.
Politico, which exposed Keith Olbermann’s similar behavior earlier this month, broke the story earlier today.
“In my conversation with Joe two weeks ago, he did not recall these contributions,” said MSNBC topper Phil Griffin in a statement emailed to press. “Since he did not seek or receive prior approval for these contributions, Joe understands that I will be suspending him for violating our policy.” Griffin cited Scarborough’s understanding for the action, as well.
Scarborough emailed his own statement, expressing contrition and making clear that he understood the net’s disciplinary measures. “I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter,” said Scarborough in a statement to the press. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions.”
The nuts and bolts of the suspension policy appear to have been formed at least in part by similar trouble with Keith Olbermann over his own donations to Kentucky and Arizona candidates in the 2010 midterms. Olbermann was suspended for two days before Griffin decided to bring him back on the air. Scarborough’s contributions were all made in 2005.