The host of MSNBC’s "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" has been suspended by the network for donations he made to candidates running in last Tuesday’s election, Deadline.com reported.
Olbermann issued a statement confirming his actions: "One week ago, on the night of Thursday, October 28, 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the re-election campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky. 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."
MSNBC suspended Olbermann indefinitely because the donations could be considered a conflict of interest. The company’s policy requires that employees obtain advance permission for such donations, the story says.