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Democrats Apparently Have No Issue Taking Fox's Money

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For years, Democrats have publicly slammed Fox News for acting as a propaganda arm of the Republican Party. But privately, dozens of Democrats have been cashing campaign checks bankrolled by the network’s top executives.

Between 2019 and 2020, the political action committee for Fox News and other Fox entities (FOX PAC) donated $96,500 to Republicans and $91,000 to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets data. That’s a nearly even partisan split in a historically rancorous and polarizing campaign season that did untold damage to any hopes of political reconciliation.

Rewinding the clock to the 2018 midterms, Democrats actually came out on top, outraising GOP counterparts by more than $13,000 in contributions from the previous version of the company's PAC. The money helped fund a Democratic takeover of the House.

Still, the most recent filing from FOX PAC shows that some Democrats may be rethinking those donations. Five Democrats appeared to return their FOX PAC contributions, though it’s also possible the returns were only clerical errors, creating the mirage of a principled stand.

Among the five Democrats—Reps. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT), and former Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)—the only Democrat who responded to a request for comment about the seemingly rejected donation was Swalwell, and he told The Daily Beast that his campaign team had a “bank fraud issue that delayed cashing of........

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