As sports fans, we often get up in arms about player contracts, ticket prices, and more because we see the owners’ money as our money because we gave it to them. Without delving into how true that actually is, it’s pretty interesting to see where these owners’ political donation money goes.
According to Vocativ, which looked into sports owner political contributions, someone in the Phillies’ ownership cabal donated $1,000 to Jeb Bush (according to records, it’s Dave Montgomery, who listed his employer as “THE PHILLIES”):
Comcast-Specator, owners of the Flyers, dropped another $5,400 into the pocket of lil’ Marco Rubio ($1,500 from president and CEO David Scott, the rest from someone else). Additionally, in my own research, I found Ed Snider gave around $13,500 to Ted Cruz’s campaign (!!!), and Comcast-Spectacor’s Executive Vice President/General Counsel Philip Weinberg gave $1,500 to Jeb!:
It looks like someone in the Sixers’ ownership group also donated $5,400 to Marco Rubio, but I think that’s incorrect:
Since the amounts and candidates for the Sixers and Flyers line up, I thought Vocativ may have mistook Comcast-Spectacor as owning the Sixers.
My hunch was right.
According to records, Joshua Harris and David Blizter both donated to candidates and PACs in the last year. Blitzer gave $5,000 to the Senate Leadership Fund (a Republican PAC) and what looks like $2,700 to Marco Rubio on two occasions*:
Meanwhile, Josh Harris gave $100,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund (a similar Republican PAC), but he hasn’t thrown financial support behind any of this year’s candidates yet. In the past, he’s given money to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and George W. Bush.
Jeffrey Lurie gave $2,700 to Hillary Clinton, and has given a ton of money over the years to the Gridiron PAC (the lobbying arm of the NFL):
OF COURSE the Cowboys gave to Christie.
You can have your own fun searching contribution records here. For example, I learned that Bill Giles once donated to Jim Bunning’s campaign, Spencer Hawes gave to Romney Victory, Inc., and Andy Reid gave to Jon Runyan’s campaign. Also Howie donated to Kasich [Editor’s note: Oh my God we have similar political views]:
Tweet (or comment) with any other interesting donations you find.
*That David S. Blitzer is listed as self-employed, but has the same middle initial and zip code as the Sixers’ Blitzer, listed elsewhere.[all donation info via the Federal Election Commission]