Less than a week before the November 3 presidential election, Americans have made more or less equal contributions to President Donald Trump and the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
According to data released by the Federal Election Commission last week, Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $1.57 billion, slightly more than the $1.51 billion raised by Biden and the Democratic National Committee.
But when it comes to professional franchise owners, there is no such balance.
A report released Wednesday by ESPN and FiveThirtyEight estimates that owners of U.S. professional sports franchises have donated approximately $12 million to both parties in the current election cycle, bringing the total amount of donations to federal candidates over the past five years to $47 million.
Of the $12 million allocated for the two campaigns this year, $10 million went to Republican coffers, while $1.9 million was donated to Democratic causes.
The discrepancy is reflected in the NFL owners who, according to FEC registrations, have donated $5 million to Republican causes in the last four years, compared to the $873,500 donated to Democrats.
While many owners have tied their colors to the Republican pole, here is a breakdown of the NFL bosses who support Biden.
All donation figures are courtesy of the Federal Electoral Commission, while the breakdown of donations for each PAC is based on data provided by the federal database for campaign contributions, OpenSecrets.org
The owner of the Atlanta Falcons has donated $35,000 to the Biden Victory Fund, in addition to another $15,600 to the Bullock Victory Fund, which is supporting Montana’s two-time governor, Steve Bullock, in this year’s Senate race. Four years ago, Blank donated $25,000 to the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund and $5,400 to the Hillary for America campaign, another $11,800 went to various Democratic campaigns over the past four years, and $10,000 to the pro-democracy Federal Election Committee for Georgia two years ago.
Blank has also donated $25,000 to PAC Gridiron over the past four years, $10,000 of which was donated this year, and $5,000 to PAC The Home Depot.
While both PACS are non-partisan, 62 percent and 54 percent of their donations went to Republican organizations during this election cycle.
The lawyer responsible for the entire estate of the late Pat Bowlen, which includes the Denver Broncos, has donated $545 to the “Biden for President” campaign, four years after donating $310 to the “Hillary Clinton for America” campaign. Kelly has also donated $1,500 to a campaign that supports this year’s Congressional Race by Andrew Romanoff (D-CO), and over the past two years has donated a total of $385 to the pro-democracy Act Blue PAC.
Arthur J. Rooney II
The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers has donated $5,000 to the “Biden for President” campaign and donated $1,000 to the campaign that Conor Lamb (D-PA) is supporting in his bid for Congress this year. Between 2016 and 2018, Rooney donated a total of $4,700 to two separate campaigns in support of Democratic candidates and $5,500 to Republican campaigns and GOP-oriented PACs such as the FNB Corporation Committee and the RedwingMC PAC.
Over the past four years, Rooney has also donated a total of $31,000 to the North Side Good Government Committee and $25,000 to the Gridiron PAC, and has donated $5,000 to both non-partisan organizations in the run-up to the 2020 elections.
The chairman and co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings has donated $21,250 to the Biden Victory Fund, four years after donating $18,000 to the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund. Wilf had previously donated $5,600 to the presidential campaign of Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential candidate in March and supported Biden. The donation came two years after the Vikings’ co-owner donated $5,400 to a campaign that ultimately supported Klobuchar’s successful bid for a third term as Minnesota senator.
The donation was one of several donations made by the Vikings’ co-owner to various campaigns supporting Democratic candidates in congressional and senatorial elections, with the cumulative total of donations over the last four years amounting to $18,900. Like many of his NFL peers, Wilf has made several contributions to the Gridiron PAC, donating $5,000 this year after donating $10,000 each in 2016 and 2018.