FoxPAC's “Power Player of the Week” is on the payroll

This morning on FoxPAC Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace identified as his power player of the week a key player in electing Republican governors, explaining:

While most of the attention is focused on which party will control Congress, there are 37 other races that could be even more important, and at the center of that action is our Power Player of the Week.

Wallace was not referring to News Corp., the parent company of Fox News that donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association earlier this year. Rather, his “Power Player of the Week” was Nick Ayers, the executive director of the organization that benefitted from News Corp.'s largesse:

For all the talk about the GOP taking back Congress, he has built the RGA into the biggest political committee in town.

Wallace said that governors would play key roles in redrawing congressional districts after the 2010 Census figures are released, and in the 2012 presidential election. He highlighted Ayers' claim that Obama's reelection campaign would be made more difficult if Republicans hold the keys 30 or more governors' mansions. Wallace then said:

At the end of June, the RGA had more than $40 million cash on hand.

According to Bloomberg, News Corp. is the largest corporate donor to the Republican Governors Association.

Wallace made no mention during the segment that Ayers' “power player” status has benefitted substantially from News Corp. -- continuing a pattern of Fox News silence on the donation.

Wallace also noted that Ayers would be leaving the RGA after the election, and claimed that he would be “one of the hottest properties for Republican presidential candidates.”

But if that doesn't work out, maybe FoxPAC will be hiring.