Bias Alert: Journalists Donated $382,000 to Clinton vs. $14,000 for Trump

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By Heat Street Staff | 2:11 pm, October 17, 2016
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Hundreds of journalists donated more than $396,000 to 2016 presidential campaigns—but less than four percent of that money went to support Donald Trump, the Center for Public Integrity says in a new report published today.

In total, Clinton received roughly $382,000 in campaign contributions from about 430 people who work in journalism. The Trump campaign, in contrast, received just $14,000.

Prominent Clinton supporters include Larry King and Anna Wintour, as well as writers and editors for the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Elle.

Several New York Times employees have given to the Clinton and Sanders campaigns, even though the publication’s ethics handbook prohibits such contributions from staff because of “a great risk of feeding a false impression that the paper is taking sides.”

But the Clinton campaign also received small-dollar contributions from local journalists, including writers for the Liberty Tribune of Liberty, Mo., the Orange County Register, the Shelter Island Reporter of Long Island, N.Y., and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Many of those campaign contributors do not write about the 2016 presidential election.

Trump’s supporters included Fox News contributor Gary Kaminsky and Emmy-winning assignment editor Les Waldron of CBS affiliate KFMB San Diego.