MSNBC has announced that it has suspended Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough for two days for giving $500 in contributions to friends and family members running for office. The network that suspended Keith Olbermann earlier this month for making political donations has admonished Scarborough for doing the same thing. Donating to political campaigns is a violation of parent company NBC's ban on political contributions by employees without specific permission from the network president. "I recognize that I have a responsibility to honor the guidelines and conditions of my employment, and I regret that I failed to do so in this matter," Politico.com reports that Scarborough said in a statement. "I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions," he continued, adding that after he was made aware of some of the contributions, he called MSNBC President Phil Griffin "and agreed with Phil's immediate demand of a two-day suspension without pay." His contributions were to Republican candidates. If it isn't clear to their employees, it is clear to us: If you work as a talk-show host at NBC, there will be no political contributions without prior permission. If so, there will be consequences and repercussions.
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