Skip to comments.National Football League Backs Reid Over Angle; Invests $340,000 to Save Incumbent Congress
Posted on 10/28/2010 6:27:35 PM PDT by Justaham
The National Football Leagues political action committeeGridiron PAChas 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 Reidthe maximum it can give in a single election cycleand no money to Angle, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by OpenSecrets.org.
The NFLs 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 NFLs PAC contribute to the Republican challenger.
Of the $341,000 the NFLs 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.
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I hope all of you NFL watchers will remember this come super bowl time.
The NFL has been compromised for many years, how many of their stadiums rely on taxpayers to fund?
Just want you to know that I now hate you radical left bastards for giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to your pinko Obamunist cronies. Consider me a former avid NFL fan. Carter L. Clews,
I wish I wasn’t a fan of my team but our lousy QB is a conservative and I won’t stop supporting them.
Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Remember this bumper sticker?
what???? Gotta be the players’ union
Okey dokey .... figgers.
Mawae is of Hawaiian descent. Mawae is married to the former Tracy Dale Hicks, he proposed to her in the summer of 1992 at LSU Fan Day in front of 140 teammates, 10 coaches and 3,000 fans over the public address system, the couple has a son, Kirkland (13), and a daughter, Abigail (9).
A few years into his NFL career, Mawae lost his brother, former teammate and best friend, John, in a tragic car accident. John, a former nose guard at LSU, left a profound effect on Kevin by establishing a strong faith prior to his death. That set in motion Mawaes search for the deep faith in God he carries nowadays, having a big influence in his life.
 Off the field
During the 2008 offseason, Mawae and his family spent two weeks in Africa with Childrens Cup International Relief, a missions organization that the Mawae family has helped support financially.
They traveled primarily in Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. He was Eddie Towne’s favorite player in ESPN’s hit show TILT. He created the First and Goal Challenge, a unique program to benefit Winthrop University Hospital’s outstanding Child Life Program and Pediatric Services.
 NFL Players Association
He was appointed President of the NFLPA on March 19, 2008. Has served on NFL Players Association Executive Committee since 2002 and was a player rep from 1999-2001.
I realize that my watching the NFL helps fund this PAC. I’ll admit that I’m stunned that it would weigh so heavily towards Democrats knowing there has to be at least a few Republican owners. Regardless there is no way in heck I’m giving up on 23 years of loving football. 340,000 be damned. Besides money is free speech nothing more right? Advertisments don’t make people change their minds. Let them throw their money down the toilet.
Are these people stupid?
Sounds like they are doing pretty much the same thing as those pukes at the NRA!
I hope that when some of these Republican challengers win, they will refuse to have anything to do with these detestable, hermaphrodite lobbying groups!!
The NFL Players Association is bracing for a showdown with team owners that could lead to a work stoppage when the current collective bargaining deal expires. Hoping to enlist powerful allies, the players’ group is ratcheting up its lobbying on Capitol Hill under new executive director DeMaurice Smith.
The players union spent $220,000 on lobbying in the second half of last year, more than double what it had spent in all of the previous year. Last May, soon after taking over at the union, Smith switched lobbyists, hiring Patton Boggs, the powerhouse Washington firm where he had been a partner.
Since then, he’s organized a couple of player lobby days, featuring dozens of current and former players who bring their star power to meetings with lawmakers and congressional staffers. Those making the rounds have included Washington Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and Kevin Mawae, a Pro-Bowl Tennessee Titans center and president of the players’ union.
The union has said it fears the owners will impose a lockout after next season’s Super Bowl, and it has been building relationships on Capitol Hill in hopes of getting Congress’ help in keeping the games going. The league counters that a new collective bargaining agreement will get done, but owners also contend the existing agreement, which calls for players to receive about 60 percent of revenues, is too favorable for players.
Smith said that the increased lobbying was in part a reaction to the NFL’s own expanded Washington presence. In 2008, the league hired an in-house lobbyist, former Capitol Hill staffer Jeff Miller, and established a political action committee to raise campaign money. Last year, the NFL’s “Gridiron PAC” made about $250,000 in political donations. The union doesn’t have a PAC.
Even with the union’s increased lobbying, the NFL continues to vastly outspend it. In the last six months of 2009, the NFL reported $610,000 in lobbying expenses, nearly triple the union’s total.
Smith said another factor in the union’s increased lobbying expenditures was the recent Supreme Court case in which the NFL argued it should be considered one business not 32 separate teams when it comes to selling NFL-branded items. The players are worried that a broad ruling from the court, which heard arguments in the antitrust case last month, could go well beyond merchandise.
While it might favor democrats I am reminded that I should do my research upon reading any article. It’s probably an ownership split. Sigh.
“The effen NFL has got a SERIOUS PROBLEM on its hands when this goes viral”
I don’t think they understand how SERIOUS if this goes viral!!!
The last Super Bowl I watched was San Francisco-Cincinnati.
“NFL = Professional wrestling. I am certain many games are fixed. Especially playoff games.”
I hear ya! There are some pretty convenient calls or no calls that seem to benefit the “sweetheart” teams. At least pro wrestling is up front about being entertainment, nothing more.
What happened to forgiveness and redemption? What has Vick done to show you that he is the exact same guy that went to prison? I’ve noticed that the people that are least likely to believe in redemption are the most likely to be seriously flawed but to arrogant to know it.
Boycott the NFL. Send any and everyofficially licensed NFL item in your house back to NFL. maybe they would get the picture i dis se that that dis give to a few dollars to rino republicans, ie Snowe. but that is just like a dumbocrat time to go through the closet and send all the Green Bay Packer crap to the NFL. I got couple of Brett Favre shirts, I will have to cut the front so they are readily able to accommodate the Wrangler no fly jeans. so Favre can tezt yhis johnson
He should be afraid that the middle class can't only not afford NFL tickets, but now are facing the prospect of not being able to afford cable.
Are these idiots that dense?