Obama, Romney Splitting Pro Sports Donors

Sunday, 28 Aug 2011 04:37 PM

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President Obama and the Republicans looking to oust him are splitting the all-important jock vote – professional athletes who have a habit of making campaign contributions.

While the real value of these football, basketball and other professional sports figures may be in personal appearances with a candidate, many seem to prefer sitting on the sidelines and quietly give money.

But a large number have made political donations this year to President Obama and Republican candidates running for the White House, according to The Hill.

The Hill reports that:

• Michael D'Antoni, coach of the New York Knicks, gave $2,500 to Obama's reelection campaign earlier this year while Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, donated the same amount to Mitt Romney's campaign in May.
• Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, has been helping Romney raise funds this cycle. Michael Tannenbaum, the GM of the Jets, contributed to Romney's campaign in May.
• Other sports executives who have given to Romney include New York Yankees President Randy Levine, Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby, Boston Celtics Strength Coach Bryan Doo, and Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey.
• Jeremy Guthrie, a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles who lives in Cleveland, cut a $2,500 check to Romney in late June, according to Federal Election Commission fundraising data.
• Jahri Evans, an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, donated $10,000 to Obama's reelection efforts. Desmond Howard, a Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP, is also supporting Obama. In early June, Howard -- who is now an ESPN analyst -- donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund.

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