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Current, Former NBAers To Play In Basketball Fundraiser For Obama Campaign
Published November 21, 2011
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CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: In N.Y., Geoff Earle cited data from the Center for Responsive Politics that reports the NFL Jets “rank among the top three NFL teams when it comes to political donations, mostly from well-heeled executives, kicking in $148,000 since 2009.” Sources said that the team “gave 80 percent of their cash to Republicans, with some of those contributions going from owner Woody Johnson to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.” Johnson has given “more than $130,000 since 2009 -- the second most of anyone connected to the NFL, with 88 percent going to Republicans.” The NFL Giants “lean distinctly Democratic when it comes to politics, with people connected to the team giving 92 percent to Democrats, making them one of only eight teams in the league to give to the party of the football-loving Kennedys.” In total, players, execs, and employees of all the teams “gave more than $1.4 million since 2009” (N.Y. POST, 11/19).