Newspaper policy forbids the Insider from making any political donations. Even if this were not the case, gifts to candidates still would not be allowed – not while Mrs. Insider is stuck behind the wheel of an ancient mini-van.
But 235 people who have identified themselves as journalists – or something close – don’t have those restrictions, and have given more than $469,000 to federal contestants during the 2010 election cycle, according to an analysis published today by the Center for Responsive Politics:
People identifying themselves as working for hard news outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New York Post, News Corp., Vanity Fair and Reuters are among the listed donors. Also listed are employees from outlets offering lighter fare — ESPN,Vogue — or community news. Some have donated thousands of dollars.
The average contribution per person identified is eight times Hayes’ amount, and because of some big-spending media professionals, that number is slightly skewed upwards — with the median amount donated coming in at $500. Sixty-five percent of all identified donations went to Democrats, the Center’s research indicates.
The site linked above includes an Excel spreadsheet with all the details.