Democratic group files complaint alleging Fox News bolstered Ohio GOP governor candidate

By Julie Carr Smyth, AP
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dems accuse Fox News of bolstering Ohio candidate

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Democratic Governors Association has filed an elections complaint in Ohio alleging Fox News Network illegally helped a Republican governor candidate solicit funds.

In a Thursday filing, the association says Fox improperly allowed John Kasich to request contributions from viewers during an Aug. 18 broadcast and displayed the address of his campaign website. The association supports Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland re-election in November.

A Fox spokeswoman says the network has not been served the complaint and she couldn’t comment. A Kasich spokesman also declined comment.

The complaint also says Fox’s parent company, News America Inc., recently donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. News America is a subsidiary of News Corp., where a spokeswoman on Thursday defended the political giving.

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