Keith Olberman wikipedia
On October 28, 2010, days before the 2010 U.S. elections, Olbermann donated $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates for Congress: Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Arizona Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. In response, on November 5, MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended him indefinitely without pay for violating a network policy regarding political contributions which required prior approval from management.
Maddow Keith Olberman on suspension
Maddow did acknowledge that Olbermann broke an NBC News rule, adding, "I understand this rule, I understand what it means to break this rule. I believe everybody should face the same treatment under this rule."
But she called on her MSNBC bosses to end the suspension, saying that the point had been made.
"I also personally believe that the point has been made and we should have Keith back hosting 'Countdown,'" she said.
Maddow also referenced "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough's political donation to a Republican friend in 2006, though she did not reference Scarborough by name.
"You can [donate] if you ask in advance and management tells you OK. That's what I understand happened with our morning show host's political donations in 2006, under previous management," she said.