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NHL Team Owners Contributed More Than $3M During The '12 Election Cycle

NHL team owners "provided more than $3 million to politicians, PACs and independent expenditure groups during the 2012 election cycle," according to Sunlight Foundation data cited by Louis Serino in a special to PHILLY.com. Owners contributed "more than three times as much" to Republicans, as more than $2.7M of the contributions went to "conservative causes compared to $680,000 to Democratic causes." Five teams -- the Flyers, Lightning, Wild, Blue Jackets and Sabres -- gave "exclusively to conservative campaigns." Only the Avalanche and Ducks "did the same for liberal causes -- but their combined donations amounted to a relatively paltry $7,500." Sunlight's survey found 10 clubs whose owners or employees "gave more than $100,000 during 2012 election cycle and four teams that breached the $200,000 mark," including: the Blues, Kings, Sabres and Sharks. Four teams "didn't contribute anything" -- the Stars, Devils, Islanders and league-owned Coyotes. The seven Canadian NHL teams were excluded from the survey "because it's illegal for non-citizens to underwrite U.S. campaigns" (PHILLY.com, 5/1).

ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS BY NHL TEAM OWNERS
TEAM
CONTRIBUTIONS
TEAM
CONTRIBUTIONS
Blues
$674,518
Penguins
$72,022
Kings
$413,300
Capitals
$67,800
Sabres
$266,600
Blackhawks
$56,507
Sharks
$244,453
Wild
$54,150
Hurricanes
$186,437
Flyers
$42,500
Red Wings
$184,000
Ducks
$14,000
Rangers
$168,100
Avalanche
$5,000
Lightning
$151,955
Stars
$0
Predators
$146,356
Devils
$0
Bruins
$110,080
Islanders
$0
Blue Jackets
$90,000
Coyotes
$0
Panthers
$75,300
 

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