Red, Bengal, and Cincinnati FC owners are making donations to Republican causes

The owners of Cincinnati’s major professional sports teams have opened their wallets to Republican candidates from home and abroad.

In light of social problems and protests in the sports arena, USA Today examined political donations from sports team owners across the country. The majority owners of the Reds, Bengal and Cincinnati FC gave the Republicans tens of thousands of dollars during this election cycle.

It’s not unusual. Professional sports team owners mostly supported Republican causes. During the 2019-2020 election cycle, team owners donated $ 12.6 million to Republican candidates and organizations, compared with $ 1.5 million to Democrats.

USA Today examined donations from owners of teams in Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, and Major League Soccer during this election cycle.

Of Cincinnati’s three major professional sports teams, Cincinnati FC owner Carl Lindner III gave the Republicans the most at $ 190,200 since early 2019. Bob Castellini of the Reds followed closely behind with $ 161,500 for Republican purposes. Bengal owner Mike Brown gave $ 71,500 to Republicans.

Of the three, Brown was the only one to donate $ 30,000 directly to President Donald Trump’s campaign in August 2019.

Castellini donated $ 70,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2019.

Lindner gave $ 100,000 to the Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC that works to keep a majority of Republicans in the Senate, and $ 50,000 to the joint fundraising committee Take Back the House for Republican House races.

Alaskan Senator Dan Sullivan received $ 2,800 from Lindner and $ 1,000 from Castellini. Sullivan is from Ohio and grew up near Cleveland.

All three local sports owners have supported the local Republican delegation, with Senator Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, US $ 18,800, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, US $ 13,900, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Columbia Tusculum, receiving a total of US $ 13,800 from all three owners.

Messages to Lindner, Castellini and Brown were not returned.

Who are the local sports team owners supporting

Bob Castellini, owner of the red one

Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini discusses the upcoming season during RedsFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, December 6, 2019.

Collins for Senator $ 5,600

National Republican Senatorial Committee $ 10,000

Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball PAC $ 5,000

Steve Chabot for Congress $ 5,600

Brad Wenstrup for Congress $ 2,800

Andy Barr for Congress $ 500

Alaskans for Dan Sullivan $ 1,000

Americans for Parnell Committee $ 500

Kentucky Republican Party $ 10,000

Steep Victory Fund $ 1,000

Take the house back $ 25,000 in 2020

Team Graham, Inc. $ 5,000

Jung for Iowa Inc. $ 1,000

State Central and Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Ohio $ 10,000

Republican National Committee $ 70,000

Roger Williams for the US Congressional Committee $ 2,800

Team Rick Scott $ 2,500

Portman for the Senate Committee, $ 5,400

McSally for Senate, Inc. $ 2,800

Mike Brown, owner of the Bengals

Mike Brown, President of Cincinnati Bengals, answers questions from the press during the annual media lunch on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Gridiron Political Action Committee $ 10,000

National Republican Senatorial Committee $ 25,000

Team Graham, Inc. $ 5,600

Wenstrup for Congress $ 5,400

Portman for the Senate Committee $ 2,800

Trump Victory $ 30,000

Carl Lindner III, owner of FC Cincinnati

Carl Lindner III is Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the American Financial Group.

Alaskans for Dan Sullivan $ 2,800

Collins for Senator $ 5,600

Senate Leadership Fund $ 100,000

Take the house back $ 50,000 in 2020

State Central and Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Ohio $ 10,000

Team Portman $ 10,600

Wenstrup for Congress $ 5,600

Steve Chabot for Congress $ 5,600

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