James Murdoch Email Spurs Nearly $1M in Donations for Anti-Defamation League

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In August, Murdoch and his wife pledged $1 million to the ADL and encouraged their friends to give, too.

James Murdoch, the son of Rupert Murdoch and the CEO of 21st Century Fox, made national news Aug. 17 by sending an email to friends and associates that was subsequently leaked to the media.

Writing "as a concerned citizen and a father," rather than as a business executive, Murdoch criticized Donald Trump's reaction to the melee in Charlottesville, Va., that left one female protester dead. 

He also pledged $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League, and encouraged the recipients of his missive to make their own donations to the organization, which works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry.

This week, a spokesman for the ADL confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Murdoch's email "resulted in a number of significant new contributions" to the organization.

On top of the $1 million donated by Murdoch, donors who acted on the email chipped in close to $1 million more, bringing the total haul for the ADL to nearly $2 million, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

"We hardly ever talk about our charitable giving, but in this case I wanted to tell you and encourage you to be generous too," Murdoch wrote in the August email. "Many of you are supporters of the Anti-Defamation League already — now is a great time to give more. The ADL is an extraordinary force for vigilance and strength in the face of bigotry."