The owners of the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, squads meeting with first place at stake in the American Football Conference’s Eastern Division, line up on opposite sides in the political arena as well as on the football field.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has given $5,000 -- the maximum allowed under federal election law -- to Obama. Jets owner Woody Johnson not only has funneled the same amount to Romney, he serves as the New York finance chairman for the former Massachusetts governor who is a Patriots’ fan. . . .
The total score, based on the most recent information on donations directly to the candidates from the NFL ownership ranks: Romney $63,500; Obama $12,500.
Robert McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, gave $1 million to a super-political action committee that backs Romney and can accept unlimited individual donations. The contribution to Restore Our Future on Sept. 26 was McNair’s first to the group.
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