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Joe Scarborough Suspended by MSNBC for Political Donations

Joe Scarborough
DENVER - AUGUST 26: MSNBC's Joe Scarborough reports from the floor during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 26, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) will be officially be nominated as the Democratic candidate for U.S. president on the last day of the four-day convention. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

MSNBC's morning talk show host Joe Scarborough has been suspended for two days without pay, Politico reports, after admitting he made eight previously undisclosed political donations. The gifts violated the network's policy prohibiting unapproved political contributions.

Scarborough, who hosts "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, made eight $500 donations to family members and friends running for state and local office around his home town of Pensacola, Fla.

"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," Scarborough said in a statement. "I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions."

The suspension of the moderate conservative pundit and former congressman comes two weeks after liberal MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann was suspended for making undisclosed donations. When Olbermann's donations came to light, he was initially suspended indefinitely, but after a liberal backlash developed, MSNBC reinstated Olbermann after two days.

Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.
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