Fox News host Tucker Carlson has donated $250 to the re-election campaign of Republican Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, according to documents from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The donation qualified Carlson to win Greene’s raffle for a Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle, according to the political website The Hill.

A September 15, 2021, FEC filing lists a “Tucker Carlson” as the contributor of a $250 donation to “Greene for Congress,” the name of Greene’s election campaign. The filing lists “Fox News” as the contributor’s employer.

At the time of the donation, Greene was holding a giveaway for the rifle. The firearm was valued at $10,000, according to the giveaway website.

“This is the same type of gun that TRIGGERS the Fake News Media and Democrats all across the country,” the website stated. “And it’s the same type of gun the hate-America gun-grabbers in DC would love to BAN if they ever get the votes.”

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Tucker Carlson has donated $250 to the re-election campaign of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, according to FEC filings. In this photo composite, Carlson (L) speaks at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019, in Washington, D.C., and Greene (R) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on February 5, 2021.
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Carlson isn’t a journalist; he’s a show host. But reporters and other employees at media outlets are sometimes forbidden by company policy from donating to political campaigns.

Newsweek, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters and ABC News all have policies restricting reporters from making political donations, according to Open Secrets, a nonprofit organization that tracks data on campaign finance and lobbying.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ code of conduct recommends that journalists “avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived” and “remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.”

Some journalists have said that their political donations as public citizens should have no bearing on their professional work. However, journalists are increasingly becoming “public figures” whose actions are more open to scrutiny, Aaron Quinn, a journalism professor specializing in ethics at California State University, told Open Secrets.

Greene regularly gives away firearms to help drive donations to her campaign.

In a September 2021 giveaway and political ad, Greene posed with a 50-caliber rifle and said, “In 2022, I’m going to blow away the Democrats’ socialist agenda.”

In the ad, Greene looked through the scope of a rifle to shoot a car with the word “socialism” written on its side. After shooting the car, it blew up in a fiery explosion. Greene then told viewers to sign up for an online drawing to win the rifle.

Greene told Newsweek that she used gun giveaways to oppose purported Democratic policies and to allow people to “defend themselves from criminals.”

“With increased murders due to Democrat defund the police policies, people need guns to defend themselves from criminals who feel emboldened because they know they can get away with more crimes because the police have no support,” Greene said in a statement.

Democrats and critics have accused Greene of promoting a gun culture that leads to mass shootings. She has called such criticisms “bullsh.”

Greene is a supporter of Carlson. Both have been criticized for pushing far-right conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential elections.

In late June 2021, Greene shared text messages she shared with Carlson after he said that a whistleblower inside the National Security Agency told him that his show was being surveilled by the agency.

“Hi Tucker, reaching out to the NSA to tell them it’s illegal to spy on American citizens so I thought the quickest route would be texting you,” Greene’s text to Carlson read. “We won’t let them get away with this. Thank you for being courageous to tell the truth to the American people on your show.”

“NSA and FBI you’re on notice,” Greene added.

In the past, Greene has voiced support for other extremist conspiracy theories.

In her past social media activity, she said that an airplane never hit the Pentagon during the September 11 terrorist attacks, that all school shootings were faked and that a Jewish bank profited off of coastal wildfires started by a space laser. She has also accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of slicing off a child’s face and wearing it.

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