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Monday, March 21, 2005

NY Times, LA Times Writers, Other 'Journos' Were 2004 Demo, GOP Donors

Mary Billard gave Friends of Schumer $2,000 March 5, 2004. Patricia Brooks gave the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee $1,000 May 6, 2004. Both write columns for The New York Times, the former on travel and the latter on restaurants.

Sarah Lyall, a Times London bureau reporter, gave $2,000 to Democratic congressional candidate Joe Torsella on Sept. 29, 2003. Jennifer Lisle, a stringer who writes on real estate for The Los Angeles Times, gave $1,000 to John Kerry for President.

Each of these four donations came up in the Political MoneyLine's database as 2004 campaign donors who listed their occupation as "journalist" or "newspaper editor." A total of 42 names popped up in that search. Some interesting characteristics of those 42 names include:

  • 28 appeared to be women, 12 appeared to be men and four were of undetermined gender
  • Among the 42 individual contributors, 52 contributed to Democratic candidates or organizations, eight contributed to Republican candidates or organizations, and three contributed to Lyndon Larouche. (There are more contributions than individuals because of multiple contributions by some individuals).
  • One individual, Gloria Parisotto of New York, accounted for five of the eight contributions to Republicans. One individual, Dr. Peter Pepper Jr. accounted for six of the 52 contributions to Democrats.
  • Pepper listed six different cities as his address, including Westport and Norwich, CT, Santa Cruz, CA, Pueblo, CO, Westfield, NJ and Feasterville, PA.
  • Mitzi Perdue of Salisbury, MD (of the Perdue chicken family?) contributed $1,000 to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-MD, and $1,000 to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA.
  • A quick Google scan turned up no information to explain why 30 of the 42 individuals consider themselves journalists or newspaper editors.
  • Some oddities did turn up. Beth Kobliner Shaw, for example, is wife of D.E. Shaw - described by the New York Observer as "one of the few hedge managers who are actually Democrats." And Michelle Mosbacher of Houston gave Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson $2,000. Why do Shaw and Mosbacher consider themselves journalists or newspaper editors?

I'm not sure what to make of this, if anything. But there it is. Political Moneyline is a treasure trove of such information and I intend to spend more time on that web site.