Federal Election Commission filings show the NFL Players Association’s Political Action Committee’s first round of political donations favors Republicans.
At this point that doesn’t really mean all that much, but it is still newsworthy. Next week Democrats want the NFL to draft George Soros for “special teams.” (Just kidding!!)
The NFLPA One Team PAC, which was created in 2016, reported $723,537 in contributions and did not disburse any money to political candidates until May 30. From late May to mid-June, the PAC donated money to six politicians, including four Republicans and two Democrats.
Anthony Gonzalez, a former player for the Indianapolis Colts, is running as a Republican in Ohio’s 16th congressional district in an attempt to win the seat vacated by Rep. Jim Renacci. Gonzalez received a $2,700 donation from the PAC on May 30 and another $2,300 contribution the following day.
Colin Allred, a former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans, is running in Texas’s 32nd congressional district as a Democrat. Allred received a $2,700 donation from the PAC on May 30 and $2,300 on May 31, the filings show.
Senator Dick Durbin (D- IL) and Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) and Will Hurd (R-TX) each received a total of $5,000 in donations from the PAC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was given $2,700.
In total, the PAC gave $17,700 to Republicans, and $10,000 to Democratic politicians. Last year the PAC raised more than $700,000 from 1,000 individual contributions that ranged between $250 and $5,000, Sports Business Journal reported in February.
Many thought that President Trump’s disagreements with NFL protests against the American flag and the national anthem would harm the GOP’s relationship with the NFL, but so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.