President Joe Biden is set to fly to New York this week as part of an effort to help shore up Senate Democrats’ chances by attending a fundraiser at the Manhattan home of Rupert Murdoch son James Murdoch.
James Murdoch, 49, was also a top donor to Biden’s 2020 effort – breaking with his powerful father, whose Fox network provided Donald Trump with a powerful platform.
James Murdoch resigned from the board of News Corp that year. His wife Kathryn is an environmental activist who has donated heavily to Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
The couple founded the Quadrivium foundation, which has given millions to left-leaning organizations in recent years.
President Joe Biden plans to attend a fundraiser at the home of James and Kathryn Murdoch, as Democrats try to cling to or expand their 50 vote Senate majority
Biden is keeping the funder, first reported in radaronline, on his schedule during a busy week – he flew to Puerto Rico Monday and plans to fly to Florida Wednesday.
The president has picked up his fundraising pace in recent weeks, helping haul in $107 for the DNC his year, ‘the most at this point in any year,’ an official told Reuters.
It comes at a critical time for Senate Democrats, who are hoping to cling to their 50-seat majority – or even expand it to avoid some of the party squabbles of the last year or even find enough support to change rules to disallow a filibuster for a law codifying the right to an abortion.
After making summer gains, there has been tightening races in Pennsylvania and Ohio and Wisconsin where Republicans have been on their back foot.
Dr. Mehmet Oz has been closing the gap with Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, whose negatives jumped in a new survey following attacks on his positions on crime.
Murdoch also donated to Biden’s 2020 campaign
James (r) resigned from the board of Newscorp. His older brother Lachlan is co-chairman of News Corp
Drum major: Biden has raised millions for Democrats. He holds marching band baton at an August event in suburban Maryland, where also has been holding fundraising events
James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his wife Kathryn Hufschmid attend the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., July 8, 2022
Republicans have been blasting Democrat Mandela Barnes on the airwaves, allowing Republican Sen. Ron Johnson to maintain a narrow polling lead. In Arizona, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly has been gaining on Republican Blake Masters.
The Georgia Senate race was rocked Tuesday night be new allegations that Republican Herschel Walker paid for a woman’s abortion despite backing legislation to outlaw the practice at 15 weeks.
The former football star took to ‘Hannity’ to deny the claim following a Daily Beast report that cites a $575 receipt for the procedure, a $700 check signed by Walker dated five days after the procedure, and a get well card he signed. Walker denied paying for an abortion, calling it a ‘flat-out lie,’ and said he sends money and cards to lots of people.
As a candidate he has called abortion ‘a woman killing her baby.’
In another Senate race, in Nevada, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto trails Republican Adam Laxalt by 2 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Last month, Walker endorsed Senator Lindsay Graham’s proposed nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks, before most women know that they are pregnant
According to The Daily Beast, the woman was also able to show proof that she had a romantic relationship with Walker
The Murdoch funder is for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to Reuters. The president plans to attend an earlier event at the home of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
James Murdoch put $100 million in his nonprofit Quadrivium foundation, which made substantial donations during the 2020 election cycle. They also gave millions to groups supporting Biden, opposing Donald Trump, and fighting extremism.
Murdoch told the Financial Times days after the Capitol attack that has featured in Biden’s speeches: ‘The damage is profound.’
‘The sacking of the Capitol is proof positive that what we thought was dangerous is indeed very, very much so. Those outlets that propagate lies to their audience have unleashed insidious and uncontrollable forces that will be with us for years,’ he said.