CNN failed to disclose town hall participant who went viral was maxed-out donor

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 15th, 2019 11:41 am

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 10:49 am

The man who went viral after asking Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren about gay marriage during an LGBT CNN town hall donated the federal maximum to her 2018 Massachusetts Senate campaign.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo introduced Morgan Cox at the town hall as “the chair of the Human Rights Campaign board of directors.” Cox asked the presidential candidate what she would say to someone who asked her about the morality of the same-sex marriage.

“Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that and I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that,'” Warren said, inciting laughter from the audience. “Assuming you can find one.”

Cox’s Twitter profile shows that his full name is Morgan W. Cox III and that he is a partner at the investment firm Marquis Group, which is located in Texas. Records from the FEC shows that a “Morgan Cox III” from Plano, Texas, with a listed occupation of “investor” donated the legal maximum of $2,700 to Warren’s 2017 Senate primary campaign. Cox gave two other donations totaling $2,700 to her general election campaign in 2018, as well as $2,700 to the Elizabeth Warren Action Fund.

There is no evidence Cox has donated to any other 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

CNN was criticized in February after the outlet failed to disclose political ties of town hall questioners who asked harsh questions of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). A CNN spokesperson admitted at the time that the outlet should have been more clear about affiliations of town hall participants.

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