The Chatter: Olbermann contributed to Conway, two Arizona Democrats

11/05/2010 01:46 PM

MSNBC’ Keith Olbermann gave the maximum $2,400 to Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway on Oct. 29, Politico first reported Friday.

(UPDATE: MSNBC has suspended Olbermann indefinitely without pay, the HuffingtonPost reported.)

Conway appeared on Olbermann’s show during the 2010 election, most notably in May while Republican candidate Rand Paul was under fire for some of his comments regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Olbermann gave to two other Democrats: Arizona U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords on Oct. 28. That was the same day Grijalva appeared on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

He listed his position as “newscaster” for NBC television. Here’s that part of Conway’s 48-hour report filed Oct. 31:

Politico reported that NBC has a rule against its employees giving to political candidates.

Here’s Olbermann’s statement to Politico:

“One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the reelection campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords,” Olbermann said. “I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky.”

Conway received another $2,400 contribution from someone in the entertainment business during the final days of his campaign.

Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks gave the maximum to Conway on Oct. 28. Conway lost by 11.5 points to Republican Rand Paul on Tuesday night.

- Compiled by Ryan Alessi

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