I quit caring about politics once I quit practicing law. But my apathy occasionally becomes disrupted when two of the primary diversions for folks who crave attention but lack acting ability, musical talent, and/or high-end good looks intersect.
NFL owners donate plenty of money to candidates for elected office. According to Reuters, roughly two-thirds of the money goes to Republicans. (Reached for comment, Hank Williams, Jr. said, “Oooooh yeaaahhhhhh!“)
A study published by the Center for Responsive Politics identified all money given by owners, their spoues, and players. The bulk of the money came from owners.
The biggest spender was Texans owner Bob McNair, who has given mainly to Republican candidates and committees. The Jets, Chargers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Broncos, Panthers, Chiefs, Redskins, Lions and Ravens also leaned right.
Donations predominantly going to Democratic candidates and committees came from the Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Raiders, Eagles, Giants, Patriots, and Saints.
And now I can go back to ignoring politics.
UPDATE 10/9/10 12:20 p.m. ET: A source with knowledge of the situation advises that Saints owner Tom Benson exclusively donates to Republican candidates and causes. Thus, on this point, the report is wrong. It makes us wonder whether and to what extent the report is wrong on other points.