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Sports Industry Contributions To Political Candidates

The following is a sampling of contributions to presidential campaigns by various league and team executives. Figures, from the FEC, represent the year-to-date contributions through the third quarter of '07. Individual contributions are limited to $4,600 ($2,300 for the primary and $2,300 for the general election) per candidate. Candidates who have already dropped out of the race, such as Chris Dodd and Joseph Biden, are not shown, and neither are candidates who had failed to gain significant contributions by the end of the filing period. This includes Republican candidates Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Ron Paul, who likely picked up significant contributions in the final quarter of the year as their public profile increased (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/14 issue).

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY LEAGUE AND TEAM EXECS
THROUGH SEPTEMBER '07
LEAGUE
DEMOCRATS
REPUBLICANS
MLB
$117,200
$131,825
NBA
$149,450
$76,500
NFL
$65,300
$92,700
NHL
$58,850
$76,850
NASCAR
$18,100
$80,000
MLS
$10,200
$9,200
TOTAL
$419,100
$467,075
CONTRIBUTIONS ($4,600 LEVEL) TO POLITICAL CANDIDATES BY VARIOUS TEAM AND LEAGUE EXECS
CLINTON
OBAMA
GIULIANI
ROMNEY
MCCAIN
Herb Simon Steve Belkin Clay Bennett Wayne Huizenga Jerry Colangelo
Mel Simon Herb Simon Ed Snider   Jay Cross
David Stern Paul Newman Peter Holt   Woody Johnson
James Dolan   Jeffrey Cogen   Bill Bidwill
Paul Allen   Mack Hicks   Michael Tannenbaum
Adrienne Maloof-Nassif   Tom Hicks    
Gavin Maloof   Bob McNair    
George Maloof   Arte Moreno    
Joe Maloof   Ken Kendrick    
Phil Maloof   George Steinbrenner    
Mark Wilf   Rick Hendrick    
Zygi Wilf   Amy France    
Jonathan Tisch   Brian France    
Steven Tisch   Jim France    
Jeffrey Lurie   Jim Hunter    
Georgia Frontiere   Mike Helton    
Mark Attanasio   Richard Childress    
James Pohlad        
Bill Pohlad        
Paul Newman        
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