NFL Owners’ Political Donations Largely Republican; Robert Kraft More Democratic

by NESN Staff

February 29, 2016

If past numbers are any indication, NFL owners likely have been giving to Republican presidential campaigns during the 2016 election.

The Big Lead’s Ty Duffy recently put together a list of owners’ political donations from those that were disclosed on They go back to the 2008 election and also include NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL owners, or at least those whose donations were available, mostly donated to Republicans in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. But New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was the owner most loyal to the Democratic side.

Kraft donated a total of $204,000 to Democratic PACs from 2008 to 2014, while Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank came second with $177,400. However, neither donated as much or as often as their Republican counterparts.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair went above and beyond for the Republican party, giving a whopping $3,560,700 to Republicans and nothing to Democrats. Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam ($444,850) and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson ($327,500) couldn’t even combine to beat McNair as the next largest donors, though they were just as loyal with over 90 percent of their donations going to the Republican party.

You can see all the recorded donations in the link below.

Click here to see NFL owners’ political donations>>

Thumbnail photo via Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks the field during the warmups for their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
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