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Jim Geraghty reports in TKS that “CBS is looking into the political donations of document examiner Sandra Ramsey Lines, fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, who assessed the memos for CNN and for the Associated Press.” What’s good for the goose: if you’re curious as to whom/what CBS personnel are making political contributions, go to www.opensecret.org and plugged in “CBS” for the occupation in the individual contributors search function. I did that for the 2002 and 2004 election cycles, and the results are lopsided: over $163,000 was donated (warning: some is from companies that have “CBS” in their titles, but aren’t part of the media giant) to individual candidates or to Viacom (the CBS corporate parent). And nearly every penny sent to an individual campaign from a discernible CBS employee, whether from the news, entertainment, or corporate divisions, went to a Democrat. Look for yourself here. Most of Viacom’s donations in the current cycle are going to Republicans (PACS typically give to incumbents and the party running Capitol Hill), but in 2002 the donation split was only 51-49 in favor of the GOP.

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