Monday, September 24, 2007

MLS Related Political Contributions

We all know about Philip Anschutz' far-right social conservatism, but what about US soccer's other important men? I was bored and searching for various soccer players and personalities on opensecrets.org, and I found the following campaign donations. If you find any more, post 'em here.

#1

GARBER, DON P
UPPER MONTCLAIR,NJ 07043

BUSINESSMAN/MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

9/2/2002

$250

Carden, Timothy L

Thoughts: Carden was a Democratic candidate for Congress, who lost easily in New Jersey's 7th district.


GARBER, DONALD P
UPPER MONTCLAIR,NJ 07043

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER/COMMISSIONER

6/7/2004

$2,000

New Millennium PAC


Thoughts: This PAC appears to have been run by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. This was before he was appointed to the Senate; he was still in the House at the time. He represented the 13th district, which includes Harrison, NJ. That explains the donation, then. Garber does live in New Jersey though.

The 7th district, mentioned above, does border the 13th for a small section (map).


#2, #3

QUINN, DOUGLAS
NEW YORK,NY 10017

SOCCER UNITED MARKETING/PRESIDENT

5/17/2006

$500

Zanzi, Italo Andres


RAZOV, ANTE
LOS ANGELES,CA 90066

PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER

9/25/2006

$750

Zanzi, Italo Andres

Thoughts: Razov was the only current player I found (although I didn't search very many, just the older guys). Zanzi was a Republican candidate for Congress who lost easily in New York's 1st district, which represents the Eastern parts of Long Island. Zanzi works for MLB's Hispanic marketing department and also plays for the USA handball team.


#4

KLOPAS, FRANK
CHICAGO,IL 60647

SOCCER COACH

2/17/2004

$500

Pappas, Maria

Thoughts: Pappas was a Democrat who lost the senate primary in 2004. She got 6% and finished fourth to Barack Obama. It appears that she was actually Klopas' lawyer as of 1988, according to this article. They're also both Greek.


#5

LOGAN, DOUGLAS G
NEW YORK,NY 10024

7/11/2002

$250

The 537 Group

Thoughts: This organization is a PAC to help elect Democrats in the Sarasota, Florida area. Im' sure this is the guy because his middle initial is G, and it appears he has business in Sarasota. He made two identical donations.


#6

ROTHENBERG, ALAN
LOS ANGELES,CA 90071

LATHAM & WATKINS, 1ST CENTURY BANK/EXECUTIVE

Thoughts: Rothenberg has too many to list. He's given thousands to Democrats like John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, Rahm Emanuel, Bill Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Barack Obama, and Ron Wyden. He's also given money to Republicans Arlen Specter and Bob Dole. It's important to note that his middle initial is I, because there's also an Alan E. Rothenberg in the search results, who is a different person (although they seem to be close ideologically).


#7

CHECKETTS, DAVE
NEW CANAAN,CT 06840

NEW YORK KNICKS, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN,
SPORTS CAPITAL PARTNERS/CHAIRMAN

Thoughts: Dave's wrote out 10 checks, the biggest of which is a huge $20,000 one to the DNC (Democratic National Committee). He's also given money to fellow LDS members Mitt Romney (both in 1994 in 2007) and Harry Reid, as well as Rudy Giuliani, Joe Lieberman, Bill Brady, and Charles Schumer. There's also a few for Grethe Peterson, for whom a little research says that she ran for the Senate in Utah in 1994, as a Democrat.


#8

HAUPTMAN, ANDREW
LOS ANGELES,CA 90024

ANDELL/CHAIRMAN & CEO

Thoughts: The Fire's new owner has given the maximum to all three Democratic front runners for the 2008 Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama. He also gave a thousand to Joe Biden. He donated to several Democratic Senate campaigns last year, as well as John Kerry in 2004.


#9

HUNT, CLARK
DALLAS,TX 75201

HW PARTNERS, SHORELINE MANAGEMENT GROUP L.L.L.P.

Thoughts: Also listed as occupation is "UNITED HUNT RESOURCES." I don't know what that is but it appears to be the same guy. He donated money to George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 campaigns, as well as a couple other Republicans like George Allen and Kit Bond. The big one was a $25,000 check to the RNC (Republican National Committee).


#10

LEIWEKE, TIMOTHY
LOS ANGELES,CA 90015

AEG/PRESIDENT & CEO, DENVER NUGGETS, STAPLE CENTER/PRESIDENT AND CEO

Thoughts: Like Hauptman, he's given the max to several presidential contenders: Clinton, Obama, and John McCain. He's given to a few others, mostly Democrats, but also recently (last year) sent $5,000 to the 21st Century Freedom PAC. That's former GOP New York Governor George Pataki's.


#10

KROENKE, STAN
COLUMBIA,MO 65203

THE REALTY INC

10/19/2000

$220,000

RNC/Repub National State Elections Cmte

Thoughts: A handful other checks but this is the big one, wow. He reportedly was convinced by Anschutz to buy into MLS, so him being a Republican is not surprising.


#11

MACFARLANE, VICTOR B
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94111

MACFARLANE PARTNERS

11/3/2000

$25,000

DCCC/Non-Federal Account 5

Thoughts:
Other than that one, lots of money to the Democratic party as well as H.Clinton, Lieberman, Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC's congressional representative), Barbara Lee (California congresswoman), and something called the Real Estate Roundtable.

More tomorrow or later this week?

Comments on "MLS Related Political Contributions"

 

Anonymous Laurie said ... (11:22 AM, September 24, 2007) : 

You always post on the fascinating minutiae nobody else ever thinks to cover. Well done.

 

post a comment