With less than a week to go until the presidential election on November 3, Americans have donated more or less equally to President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.© Joe Sargent/Getty Art Rooney ll of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field on November 10, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
According to data released by the Federal Electoral Commission last week, Trump and the Republican National Committee have raised $1.57 billion, marginally ahead of the $1.51 billion raised by Biden and the Democratic National Committee.
When it comes to the owners of professional franchises, however, there’s no such balance.
Of the $12 million directed to the two campaigns this year, $10 million have gone into Republican coffers, with $1.9 million donated towards Democratic causes.
The discrepancy is reflected among NFL owners who, according to FEC filings, over the last four years have donated $5 million to Republican causes, compared with the $873,500 to the Democrats.
While plenty of owners have tied their colors to the Republican mast, here’s a breakdown of the NFL bosses backing Biden.
All donation figures are courtesy of the Federal Electoral Commission, while the breakdown of contributions for individual PAC is based on data provided by federal campaign contributions database OpenSecrets.org
The Atlanta Falcons owner has donated $35,000 to the Biden Victory Fund, on top of a further $15,600 to the Bullock Victory Fund, which backs two-term Governor of Montana Steve Bullock in his senatorial race this year. Four years ago, Blank contributed $25,000 to the Hillary Clinton Victory Fund and $5,400 to the Hillary for America campaign, with a further $11,800 going to various Democratic campaigns over the last four years and $10,000 to the pro-Democrat Georgia Federal Elections Committee two years ago.
Blank has also donated $25,000 to the Gridiron PAC over the last four years, including $10,000 this year, and $5,000 to The Home Depot PAC.
While both PACS are bipartisan, respectively 62 percent and 54 percent of their contributions have gone to Republican causes in this election cycle.
The attorney in charge of the late Pat Bowlen’s entire estate, which includes the Denver Broncos, has contributed $545 to the Biden for President campaign, four years on after donating $310 to the Hillary Clinton for America campaign. Kelly has also donated $1,500 to a campaign backing Andrew Romanoff’s (D-CO) congressional race this year and a combined $385 to the pro-Democrat Act Blue PAC over the last two years.
Arthur J. Rooney II
The Pittsburgh Steelers owner has donated $5,000 to the Biden for President campaign and contributed $1,000 to the campaign backing Conor Lamb (D-PA) in his congressional bid this year. Between 2016 and 2018, Rooney donated a combined $4,700 to two separate campaigns backing Democratic candidates and $5,500 to Republican campaigns and GOP-leaning PACs such as the FNB Corporation committee and the RedwingMC PAC.
Over the last four years, Rooney has also committed a combined $31,000 to the North Side Good Government committee and $25,000 to the Gridiron PAC, donating $5,000 to both bipartisan organizations in the lead-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 giving $18,000 to the Hillary Clinton victory fund. Wilf had previously contributed $5,600 to the presidential campaign of Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who withdrew from the race to win the Democratic presidential nominee in March and endorsed Biden. The donation came two years after the Vikings co-owner had contributed $5,400 to a campaign backing Klobuchar’s ultimately successful bid to win a third term as Minnesota Senator.
The contribution was one of several the Vikings co-owner has made towards various campaigns backing Democratic candidates in congressional and senatorial races, with the cumulative total of donations over the last four years standing at $18,900. Like plenty of his NFL counterparts, Wilf has also made several contributions to the Gridiron PAC, committing $5,000 this year after donating $10,000 in both 2016 and 2018.