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Old 10-29-04, 03:49 PM
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Whom Do Pro Athletes Support?

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Whom Do Pro Athletes Support?

Donations to political candidates by pro athletes

Here's a look at donations made to presidential candidates in 2003 and '04 by athletes and head coaches in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, as well as the top 50 in NASCAR, the IRL, and the LPGA and PGA tours (both regular and senior). Out of that total pool of roughly 4,300, the Federal Election Commission database revealed none who donated to John Kerry (although a perfect search is nearly impossible because of the many ways a player could abbreviate his name or employer). The maximum donation by law is $2,000 per election, with the primary and general elections counting separately.



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NFL Peyton Manning, QB, Colts, $2,000

Scott Gragg, OT, San Francisco, $4,000

Phil Dawson, K, Cleveland, $500

Matt Stinchcomb, G, Tampa Bay, $250

Tommy Maddox, QB, Pittsburgh, $1,000

Mark Brunell, QB, Washington, $2,000

Butch Davis, head coach, Cleveland, $2,000

Bobby Taylor, CB, Seattle, $2,000

Dom Capers, head coach, Houston, $200

John Lynch, S, Denver, $1,000

Major League Baseball Rafael Palmeiro, 1B, Baltimore, $4,000

Buck Showalter, manager, Texas, $2,000

Cal Eldred, P, St. Louis, $2,000

Lou Piniella, manager, Tampa Bay, $2,000

NBA

Greg Ostertag, C, Sacramento, $2,000

Karl Malone, F, status uncertain for this season, $2,000

PGA Hugh Baiocchi, $2,000

Davis Love III, $2,000

Tom Kite, $2,000

Bruce Lietzke, $2,000

NASCAR Dale Jarrett, driver, $2,000

NHL Curtis Joseph, goalie, Detroit, $500

Bill Guerin, right wing, Dallas, $3,000



For John Kerry
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Old 10-29-04, 04:02 PM
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Bill Guerin, right wing, Dallas, $3,000

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Nah, too easy.
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I am fairly certain that the Cleveland Browns organisation is the most Republican leaning organisation in all of Professional sports, or at least among the top. No surprise then that Coach Davis donated to the Bush campaign. (He actually did quite some time ago.)
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Yeah, Ostertag you finally did something!
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hmmmm liberals attract hollywood, republicans attract pro athletes...Im going with the Republicans
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Yeah, Ostertag you finally did something!
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Boston Red Sox are for Kerry
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except Schilling. and he the best one, besides Manny Ortez and that freaky Nelson De La Rosa
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does it matter?
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only one NASCAR driver gave money to Bush?
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Old 10-29-04, 05:34 PM
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Who on the Red Sox has come out to support Kerry?


Ive only heard of the owners supporting Kerry, but I havent heard of any players.
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Originally posted by raven56706
Boston Red Sox are for Kerry

Not a certain pitcher I know with bloody socks.
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Originally posted by chrisih8u

Ive only heard of the owners supporting Kerry, but I havent heard of any players.
If I owned them, I would too. If he loses, I think you would want him thinking you were on his side, and if he wins it couldn't hurt you either. Bush probably expects that from them as well being from his state.
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Not a certain pitcher I know with bloody socks.
...who called off an appearance with Bush in NH stating he wasn't cleared medically(though he was cleared to pitch). I suspect the owners who are big Kerry donors told the employee to cancel.
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Schilling said on Good Morning America to be sure to vote, and vote for Bush.

Yesterday it was also reported that he agreed to attend a rally with the president in NH this weekend, but today he said that he had to back out because his doctors haven't OKed him to travel. A poster on a Boston msg board claiming to be Schilling (and he is known to post online) said he still supports Bush, but should have kept his opinion to himself.

Obviously he can travel (besides all the team travel, he went to Disney land after the WS). So, why the change of heart? Local talk radio host Howie Carr thinks it has to do with the Sox trying get approval for an expansion of Fenway in Boston.
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Local talk radio host Howie Carr thinks it has to do with the Sox trying get approval for an expansion of Fenway in Boston.
Not to mention that the owners are big Kerry donors/supporters.
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2 words: who cares?
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Originally posted by Red Dog
2 words: who cares?

Agreed ad Singers and Actors to the list as well and Talk show hosts.
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Insider information from Packerland: Ryan Longwell (kicker for the Pack) stated he and Bryan Barker (punter) are both backing Bush. Aware of the Redskins relation to Bush's reelection, Longwell said that since both he and Barker have huge sway over how the game goes: you should expect a Bush victory on Tuesday.



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But where do the synchronized swimmers stand on this?
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If you find yourself with a lot of free time, www.fundrace.org has a name search. A-Rod, btw, supports Bush.

All Hail President Kerry!!
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Originally posted by RoyalTea
only one NASCAR driver gave money to Bush?
Its not a complete list. Many more athletes gave money than what that list shows
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Carlos Beltran has signed a letter endorsing George Bush.

And I have to believe Julio Franco is activly supporting Bush, since George, Laura, Jenna, and Barbera attended Julio's wedding.

BTW, I dont know about the Browns, but the Yankee orginization takes thier cues from a rabid republican...Georgie
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Hollywood figures mostly support Kerry, but they should shutup? But now it suddenly matters which public figure voices their opinion when sports figures support Bush?

On that note, at least a few of you have the balls to stay consistent about not giving two shits about who says they support whom.
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Originally posted by hahn
Hollywood figures mostly support Kerry, but they should shutup? But now it suddenly matters which public figure voices their opinion when sports figures support Bush?

On that note, at least a few of you have the balls to stay consistent about not giving two shits about who says they support whom.




Somebody here said it matters? I must have missed that post.
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