Rupert Murdoch Gives to McCain

Rupert Murdoch gave $2,300 to John McCain’s campaign in March, according to the latest fund-raising reports. Also giving $2,300 was Murdoch’s wife, Wendi.

That he gave to the GOP’s presumptive nominee is no surprise, even though Murdoch had publicly said that he would have preferred Newt Gingrich, who never got in the race.

Murdoch gave $2,300 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign last year, but his aides cautioned not to read too much into it. Several of his lieutenants at News Corp. have been raising money for Clinton.

His daughter, Elisabeth, is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser for Obama in London on Monday, along with actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Among the other notable contributors: Jane Fonda gave $2,300 to Obama, and Matt Damon gave $4,600 to his campaign. Two of Damon’s co-stars, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, already have given to Obama. ICM’s Jeff Berg gave $2,300 to his campaign in late February, as well as actor John Lithgow.

Contributors to Hillary Clinton’s campaign include Nancy Sinatra, who gave $4,000 throughout the month.

The latest figures show that Obama has just a $300 edge on Hillary Clinton in entertainment industry contributions, with each raising about $3 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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