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Demand that the Chamber of Commerce Return News Corp's Dirty Money!


By John Bonifaz, FreeSpeechForPeople

It’s becoming clearer every day that News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire that includes Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, is out of control.   

As the scandal explodes, we now know that News Corp will stop at nothing—certainly not the law--  to smear people¹, corrupt law enforcement², and abuse victims of crimes and their families.³ Don’t think this can’t happen here in the USA.

News Corp. is the kind of “corporate person” that the Supreme Court turned our political system over to in Citizens United. In fact, according to Politico, “News Corp...  contributed $1 million [last] summer to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business lobby that has been running an aggressive campaign in support of the Republican effort to retake Congress.”4
   
    We’re calling on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to return that money.  Join us here.

The root of the scandal is this: News Corp staff members repeatedly hacked into people’s private voicemails -- a criminal violation of privacy -- and higher-ups throughout the organization knew about it and allowed it to continue. They even hacked into a missing child’s cell phone voicemails to steal the desparate messages from her parents. Then they deleted the messages so they could get more. This sick and criminal behavior has led to at least ten arrests in the UK, including the arrest of a key Murdoch aide, the sudden closure of a London newspaper two weeks ago, and the resignations late last week of top executives including the CEO of Dow Jones (the publisher of the Wall Street Journal) which is owned by News Corp.  

The FBI is now also investigating News Corp at the request of Congressman Peter King (R-NY), looking into allegations that the company hacked into private voicemails of September 11th victims and their families.  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce should be ashamed to serve as a well-funded front for corporations like this. The Chamber of Commerce should return that dirty million-dollar contribution from News Corp.

    Join us in calling on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to return the money from News Corp.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a partisan operation.  But does it have any ethical judgment or limit?

Thanks for joining us in this important action.

Sincerely,

- John

John Bonifaz
Director
Free Speech for People
Monday, July 18th, 2011

[1] “News International papers targeted Gordon Brown” Nick Davies and David Leigh, 7/11/11.
[2] "In Britain, phone hacking sullies famed Scotland Yard", Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post, 7/16/11.
[3]  “Missing Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked by News of the World", Nick Davies and Amelia Hill, The Guardian, 7/4/11.
[4] "News Corp. gave $1 million to pro-GOP group", Ben Smith, Politico, 9/30/10.

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