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Friday, October 29, 2010

NFL Protecting Democrats

National Football League Backs Reid Over Angle; Invests $340,000 to Save Incumbent Congress

(CNSNews.com) -
The National Football League’s political action committee—Gridiron PAC—has weighed in on the hotly contested U.S. Senate election in Nevada that pits conservative Republican challenger Sharron Angle against Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

The PAC has given $10,000 to Reid—the maximum it can give in a single election cycle—and no money to Angle, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by OpenSecrets.org.

The NFL’s PAC also contributed to other incumbent Democratic senators facing viable challengers this year, giving $5,000 to Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas; $5,000 to Russ Feingold of Wisconsin; $5,000 to Barbara Boxer of California; $5,000 to Michael Bennet of Colorado; and $5,000 to Patty Murray of Washington.

In none of these races did the NFL’s PAC contribute to the Republican challenger.

Of the $341,000 the NFL’s PAC has contributed to congressional candidates in this election cycle, $340,000 has gone to incumbents. The other $1,000 went to Brian Rooney, an unsuccessful Republican primary candidate in a U.S. congressional district in Michigan, who is the grandson of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney.

The Louisiana Senate race is the only federal election contest in this election cycle where the Gridiron PAC has contributed to the nominees of both major parties. There, the PAC gave $1,500 to Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), who is a sitting House member running as the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter. The PAC also gave $2,500 to Vitter.

Other than Reid, the only other candidates to whom the NFL’s PAC has maxed out with $10,000 in contributions are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.); Sen. Charles Schumer (D.-N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus (and third ranking Democrat in the Senate); Rep. Edolphus Towns (D.-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; and Rep. Lamar Smith (R.-Tex.), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.


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