Hillary Clinton's Top Donor Is Univision Chairman

| by Sean Kelly
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According to an article in The Washington Post, the chairman of Spanish language TV network Univision is the biggest donor to the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl, an author and women's advocate, donated $2.4 million to various political campaigns for Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, since 1992. They have made 39 contributions over the course of two decades.

The couple also donated at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, Fox News reported. The Washington Post's report found Saban to be the biggest Clinton supporter in terms of financial donations, in front of movie director Steven Spielberg, philanthropist George Soros and others.

The network's editorial coverage of the 2016 presidential race has come into question in recent months due to Saban's support of Clinton, with the Republican National Committee accusing the network of being biased against the GOP and favoring Clinton in its coverage.

“With respect to Mr. Saban, Mr. Saban is not involved with editorial decisions at Univision," Daniel Coronell, the network's senior vice president, told BuzzFeed News. "This is a serious company, he is very respectful to our journalistic independence. He’s not connected with our day to day; we’re not in this to build his happiness.”

The major complaint from Republicans has been that Univision is too focused on immigration -- something the network admitted is their biggest appeal among audiences.

"It’s true that immigration is not the most important issue for Latinos," anchor Jorge Ramos said. "However, immigration is the most important symbolic issue for Latinos. Immigration defines who is with us and who is against us. Immigration is something personal.”

Coronell added that it hasn't just been the GOP that's been critical of Univision -- the White House has expressed frustration as well. This, he said, proves its unbiased nature.

"Some of the members of the White House communications team felt that Jorge was not respectful enough to the president and very insistent and picky with his questions," Coronell said. "Jorge Ramos asked about deportations numbers, he asked why he took so long to make this decision. The role of journalism is to ask, to be the counterweight to the politicians.”

Sources: The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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