CBSNews reports that star anchor Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay from MSNBC for personally donating money to three Democrat candidates during the election cycle, in contravention of the network’s policies.
“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC, said in a statement. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.
According to CBS, Olbermann has acknowledged donations of $2,400 each to Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway who ran against Ron Paul, and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords ahead of Tuesday’s election.
In a statement earlier Friday, Olbermann defended his donation, saying [from HuffPo]: “I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”
Olbermann, one of the most prominent liberal commentators on cable, has been a strong critic of political donations.