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Politically generous journalists

Posted at 12:44 PM on June 21, 2007 by Bill Wareham

MSNBC.com has turned up 144 journalists who gave money to various political causes over the last few years.

The list itself is interesting - NPR's Guy Raz turns up despite a no-donation policy, as do a couple of Minnesota journalists (You'll have to look them up. None from MPR). But at least as interesting, from my perspective, is the debate over the propriety of active political participation by working journalists.

For the record, here's American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio's policy, which echoes my own personal views:

The paid professional news people of any company in the APMG group of companies do not endorse, publicly support, or make financial or in-kind contributions to any candidate for political office. They do not actively participate in any partisan activity, including but not limited to, local and national political organizations and their activities (e.g., fundraisers, caucuses, straw votes), social action events, and public demonstrations that create a conflict of interest. All paid professional news people must be free of obligations to news sources and newsmakers that create a conflict of interest.