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.”