Son of Fox News Owner Rupert Murdoch Gives Over $1 Million to Joe Biden's Campaign

James Murdoch, son of Fox Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch, and his wife have donated $1.23 million to Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign. 

The couple each gave $615,000 to the Biden Victory Fund in June, according to Federal Election Commission filings. 

Kathryn Murdoch, James Murdoch’s wife, is “increasingly giving to Democrats this cycle, including $1 million to help Senate Democrats,” The Washington Post reported last month.

Murdoch left the family business last March after losing a succession race to his more conservative brother, Lachlan Murdoch.

  • Since then, he and Kathryn Murdoch have become more outspoken about their relatively liberal political views, and have publicly criticized Fox News. 
  • James Murdoch in October publicly endorsed Pete Buttigieg in the Democratic presidential primary after giving the maximum allowed contribution, $2,800, to his campaign. 
  • At the same event, he said he no longer watches Fox News, which his father has temporarily helmed.

Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Jerry Hall, also sent a $500 check to Biden’s campaign in May after previously donating $1,000 to Buttigieg in the primary.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and some of his supporters have questioned Fox News' right-wing bona fides.

Biden out-raised Trump in May and June, but the Republican still had a more than $50 million advantage coming into July. 

The Murdoch patriarch, who has personally contributed over $500,000 to federal political causes since 1987, has so far kept his wallet and his mouth shut in 2020. 

Murdoch actively opposed his fellow business titan's 2016 campaign before belatedly getting on the bandwagon.

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