MSNBC host Ed Schultz has made no secret of his support for President Barack Obama, but took it a step further Friday in saying he would "damn right" give money to the president's re-election campaign if only the news network he works for would let him.
Appearing on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Schultz said the workplace bars him from such activities -- as evidenced by Keith Olbermann's departure from the network in 2010 after making political contributions to Democratic candidates.
"Because of Citizens United [Obama's] not going to be able to raise the kind of money that they are going to throw at him, so the president brilliantly is using the bully pulpit -- " Schultz said, referring to the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down limits on corporate spending in political campaigns.
"I've done my part, Ed," Maher cut in to cheers, referring to his $1 million donation to a pro-Obama super PAC. "You've got more money than me, Ed. Just saying."
After some additional back-and-forth, Maher said, "I think you should give some money."
"They won't let me. I can't give money," Schultz said.
"You can't give money," Maher questioned.
"Where I work, I'm not allowed to give money," Schultz said. "I can't give political money to anybody."
"Even to the Super PAC?" Maher pressed.
"Not even to the Super PAC," Schultz said. "I can't give money. It's the standards of practice of where I work. If I could, I would. Damn right I would."
"No, I believe you," Maher assented. "That's right, I remember Keith Olbermann got in big trouble."
"He did," Schultz said. "I'm trying to keep my job."
Watch the exchange below, via Mediaite: