(POLITICO) — CNN sister-channel HLN has tapped Albie Hecht, the founder of Spike TV and former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment, to lead the network as Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Hecht is a big donor to Democratic candidates and progressive causes, having given $35,550 in personal contributions over the last 15 years and an additional $11,000 in joint fundraising, according to FEC filings.

Those who have benefitted from Hecht’s donations include: The Democratic National Committee ($14,200); the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($10,000); MoveOn.org PAC ($5,000); Barack Obama ($4,550); New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ($3,500); and — in March of this year — Newark Mayor and Senate hopeful Cory Booker ($1,000).

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