Political donors connected to the National Football League have donated more money to Republicans than Democrats according to a recent tally from the Sunlight Foundation.
According to the report, team employees, including players, owners and staff, have donated over $1.5 million for this election cycle. But Republicans received nearly three times as much from donors associated with football teams as did Democrats.
Eleven of the NFL team owners favor Romney, according to FEC campaign records – compiled by Business Insider’s Walter Hickey in September. These donors have donated directly to Romney’s campaign or through the Republican National Committee.
Chief among the Romney supporters is Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross who has donated $100,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, $20,800 to the Republican National Committee, $5,000 to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC and $2,500 to Mitt Romney.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has donated $58,200 to the Republican National Committee this year, $2,500 to Mitt Romney and $5,000 to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC. Johnson is one of the Romney campaign’s finance co-chairs.
Members of the Bidwell family, owners of the Arizona Cardinals, have donated over $154,000 to the Republican National Committee and $4,500 to Romney.
Other NFL owners donating to Romney include the Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Clark Hunt, Cincinnati Bengals’ Mike Brown, Cleveland Browns’ Jimmy Haslam III, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Houston Texans owner Robert McNair, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, and San Diego Chargers owner Alexander Spanos, and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Chief among the Obama supporting owners is Dan Rooney, who has donated $35,000 for the president’s re-election campaign. Rooney campaigned and donated extensively to Obama during the 2008 campaign and was appointed as Ambassador of Ireland. A Bears fan, the president publicly supported the Steelers that last time they went to the Super Bowl.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has donated $5,000 to Obama for his re-election and $12,900 to the Democratic National Committee. (The president of the Patriots, Kraft's son Jonathan, however hosted a Romney/Ryan fundraiser in September.)
Other NFL owners who have historically donated to Democratic candidates such as Arthur Blank of the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens’ Stephen Bisciotti, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie have yet to do so as of the last reporting period.