Since I’m a political junkie and a sports fan, I have devised a new column I’m going to be posting from now until November: athlete endorsements. There have already been many high profile athletes endorsing Obama including Greg Oden and LeBron James (who donated $20,000 to a group to help elect Obama), along with retired athletes Bill Bradley and Joe Dumars.
With basketball players heavily favoring Obama, McCain has to work on a sport that Republicans have traditionally done well in, football. That said, he already has the support of the Elway family.
After doing some research on Open Secrets.org, I found that John Elway donated $2,300 to McCain’s campaign on May 29 and $600 to the Republican National Committee. His wife donated $400 to the Republican National Committee. Overall, the Elways have donated $16,000 to Republican candidates and committees this election cycle.
However, McCain wasn’t Elway’s first choice. Elway originally donated $2,300 to Rudy Giuliani in March, 2007.
Overall, Elway has been a strong supporter of the Republicans since 1990, donating $24,000 to them in that timespan and none to Democrats.
Full disclosure on Elway’s donations: Open Secrets