Chris Redfern letter to John Kasich

July 20, 2011

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Governor:

We were disturbed to learn of the reports of unthinkable, Nixonian tactics by a subsidiary of your former employer and campaign funder, News Corporation, and we hope that you also found these tactics to be troubling.

As you are probably well aware, a News Corporation publication reportedly hacked into the phone records of families of September 11 victims and paid law enforcement for information, among other egregious actions. Nine arrests have been made thus far in connection with the allegations.

Perhaps no public official in America has benefited more, both personally and politically, from News Corporation than you. In 2008 alone, you earned $265,000 for a program you hosted on Fox News, a News Corporation subsidiary. News Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch and his wife made $10,000 contributions to your campaign. Murdoch said you and he have a close "friendship." Moreover, News Corporation contributed $1 million to the Republican Governors Association to aide in your election last year, and FOX had you as a guest some thirty times to promote your candidacy and even allowed you to ask for money for your campaign on the air.

The tactics of your former employer and major campaign donor were despicable, unacceptable and even inhumane. For that reason, we are calling on you to donate all of your earnings from News Corporation, as well as all of your campaign contributions from News Corporation, to charities of your choosing.

Despite your personal fortune, including the millions of dollars you made working for Lehman Brothers, you donated a measly 2.39 percent of your income to charity, according to the only information that you disclosed to Ohioans. What better way to practice what you preach and "Stand for Something" than to donate your tainted income and contributions from News Corporation to aid those who are less fortunate in our society?

Certainly it is time for some actual shared sacrifice during this recession – the same shared sacrifice that you have called for. But in all of your advocacy of more hardship for middle class Ohioans, you haven't once specified what shared sacrifices ultra-wealthy Ohioans like yourself should make. Therefore, we wanted to bring this opportunity to your attention.

You have the power to take a principled stand today by donating your earnings and contributions from News Corporation. Your donations would go a long way in helping protect some of the most vulnerable among us who have suffered the most during this recession. We thank you for your attention to this very important matter and look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Redfern
Chairman, Ohio Democratic Party