The San Francisco Chronicle reports that News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch donated $1,500 to California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman last week.
Murdoch's personal donation to Whitman's campaign follows News Corp.'s controversial $1 million contribution to the Republican Governors Association earlier this year.
Murdoch is no stranger to California politics, having made personal contributions totaling $1 million to the California Republican Party in 1996 -- reportedly among the largest ever made to the party at the time.
Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, has donated a record $119 million to her own campaign, which, according to the Associated Press, is more than “any other political candidate in American history.”
The Chronicle added that “Fox News has been a favorite visiting spot for Whitman in the last year” and that a recently-released Fox News poll shows Whitman holds 6 point lead over Democratic candidate Jerry Brown.
In June, we noted that Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade said on his Fox News Radio show that Whitman would defeat Brown because Brown has “got nothing to say” and “has not been relevant since the 80s.”
Murdoch and his wife have also donated $20,000 to Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate -- and former Fox News host -- John Kasich. As we've documented, various Fox News personalities have fundraised for Kasich and promoted his campaign.