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Mandel’s Musings/Politics: A List of Media Figures in the Sports World Who Contributed Their Hard-Earned Money Towards Democrats, Republicans, or Independents. Very Interesting.

By Scott Mandel

Three of the four sports Commissioners align themselves with the Democratic party, at least when it comes to political donations, according to NewsMeat. David Stern, Gary Bettman and Bud Selig give more than 90 percent of their political donations to the Democratic party. Roger Goodell of the NFL donates 23 percent to Democrats and 77 percent to the GOP.

Other sports media notables:

From the left

  • Chris Berman, ESPN: 100 percent of his donations go to Democrats.
  • Lee Corso, ESPN: 100 percent to Democrats (which surprised me for some reason).
  • Dick Ebersol, NBC: 75 percent to Democrats.
  • Bob Griese, ESPN: 100 percent to Democrats.
  • Tom Hammond, NBC: 100 percent to Democrats.
  • Michael Jordan: 72 percent to Democrats.
  • Armen Keteyian, CBS: 100 percent to Democrats (remember that when you see him on CBS News).
  • Jim Lampley, HBO: 71 percent to Democrats (he also writes for the liberal-friendly Huffington Post).
  • John McEnroe, NBC, CBS: 80 percent to Democrats.
  • Jon Miller, ESPN: 100 percent to Democrats.
  • Dikembe Mutombo: despite sitting next to Laura Bush at the State of the Union, he only gives 33 percent to the GOP.
  • Digger Phelps, ESPN: 100 percent to Democrats.
  • Joe Theissman, ESPN: 100 percent to Democrats.
  • Isiah Thomas: 100 percent to Democrats.
  • Brian Urlacher: toughest Democrat ever? 100 percent to Democrats.

In the middle

  • George Bodenheimer, ESPN: 61 percent goes to special interests; 20 and 19 percent go to Democrats and Republicans, respectively.
  • Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner: 72 percent to special interests; 14 percent to Democrats and Republicans, respectively.
  • George Steinbrenner, N.Y. Yankees: 51 percent to Democrats, 27 percent to the GOP.
  • Paul Tagliabue: 41 percent to the GOP, 34 percent to Democrats.

From the right

  • Jack Buck (D): donated 100 percent of his donations to the GOP.
  • Cris Collinsworth, NBC: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Don Criqui, CBS: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Dan Dierdorf, CBS: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Mike Ditka, ESPN: 98 percent to the GOP.
  • Brian France, NASCAR: 83 percent to the GOP.
  • Mike Francesca, YES: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Curt Gowdy (D): 78 percent to the GOP.
  • Keith Hernandez: 92 percent to the GOP.
  • Hootie Johnson: amazingly, 33 percent to the Democrats (60 percent to the GOP).
  • Mario Lemieux: 100 percent to the GOP?
  • Peyton Manning: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Tim McCarver, FOX: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Al Michaels, NBC: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Jim Nantz, CBS: apparent golfing buddy of Bush 41; donates 60 percent to the GOP.
  • Vin Scully, L.A. Dodgers: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Pat Summerall, FOX: 100 percent to the GOP.
  • Lynn Swann: despite running for Governor of Pennsylvania as a Republican last year, he donates 19 percent to the Democrats.
  • Steve Young, ESPN: 100 percent to the GOP.

* (D) stands for deceased.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Peyton Manning attends the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Peyton Manning is a big Republican supporter. Surprised?

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New York Times Writes About the Democratic Party Not Having a Leading Minority Voice as the Primary Races Take Shape

by Scott Mandel

The New York Times, this morning, questioning how the Democratic party can present itself as a party of inclusion if they do not have any minority candidates running for the top office.

I don’t know, in this system we live under, or should I say, live within, voters choose. Unfortunately, polling also chooses and money follows the polling. Until money gets taken out of the electoral system, minority super pacs and very wealthy scions of industry and entertainment will need to give their billions to minority candidates of their choice to keep the Democratic Party from failing, in the Times’ eyes, from being an equal opportunity political party.

There is nothing egalitarian about politics in this country, right now. It is not about who has the clearest messaging or what color a candidate’s skin is. It IS about, especially this year, who the most electable person is, no matter gender or race..

And, while the New York Times is at it, I’d like to see a piece about the Republican party’s equal opportunity system for diversity among their national candidates.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) poses for photos after a roundtable with black male voters on Dec. 2 in South Carolina. (Meg Kinnard/AP)
Cory Booker hopes to capitalize on Kamala Harris; departure from the race for president

The other point, as the Times correctly points out, is that candidates like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard have not succeeded in garnering support from minority voters. That may be a more important piece of this equation to look at than Democratic party diversity issues.