Rebuffs Universal, Bertelsmann.
New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer, who is running for governor of that state, will return two large campaign donations received from record label board members at Vivendi Universal and Bertelsmann AG, according to the New York Post.
The report said that one donor, Paul Fribourg, sits on the supervisory board of Vivendi Universal and that he gave $25,000 to the Spitzer campaign. The other donor, Richard Sarnoff, sits on the supervisory board of Sony BMG co-owner Bertelsmann AG. Sarnoff gave $10,000 to the Spitzer campaign.
Both donations were to be returned, according to the Post story, which quoted Spitzer campaign spokeswoman Christine Anderson.
Anderson said that the Fribourg and Sarnoff cash “doesn't meet the AG's no-donations criteria because both are merely board members of companies that are only linked to their music-group counterparts.”
Andrea Tantaros, a spokeswoman for GOP Spitzer rival Bill Weld, told the Post that the issue "raises some serious ethical questions for the AG."
“Maybe it's time someone investigates whether Mr. Spitzer has his own version of payola,” Tantaros added.