Nellie Andreeva

Exactly two weeks after MSNBC briefly suspended Keith Olbermann over undisclosed campaign donations, the news cable channel is doing the same with Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough. Politico reports that Scarborough will be sidelined for two days without pay after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices while working at MSNBC. That is a violation of NBC’s policy of banning political contributions by employees without first obtaining a permission from the network president. That policy came under scrutiny following the Olbermann suspension, which was originally indefinite but was quickly cut to 2 days, matching Scarborough’s. “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, a former Republican congressman, said in a statement. “I apologize to MSNBC and to anyone who has been negatively affected by my actions.”

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