CNBC must suspend Larry Kudlow (and a couple others)

Under the NBC News ethics policy that Olbermann broke, his donation to a Republican should get him in trouble

Published November 5, 2010 10:46PM (EDT)

Larry Kudlow
Larry Kudlow

(CORRECTED)[Updated] CNBC's Lawrence Kudlow, host of the Kudlow Report, donated $1,000 to former Republican congressman Chris Shays in May of 2009.

Unless Kudlow got explicit permission from the president of NBC News, this places him in direct violation of the NBC News ethics policy that led to the indefinite suspension of MSNBC host Keith Olbermann today:

"Anyone working for NBC News who takes part in civic or other outside activities may find that these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest. Such activities may include participation in or contributions to political campaigns or groups that espouse controversial positions. You should report any such potential conflicts in advance to, and obtain prior approval of, the President of NBC News or his designee."

The Shays donation is one of multiple Kudlow has made since joining CNBC.

Update: Another host, Gary Kaminsky of CNBC's "The Strategy Session," gave $1,000 to Mitt Romney's Free & Strong America PAC.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that CNBC host David Faber made a donation to a GOP candidate. A David Faber of New York did contribute money, but he is not the CNBC host.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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