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Campaign donations: Which presidential candidates are getting the NBA money?

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Democrat Hillary Clinton remains at No. 1 among presidential candidates when it comes to fundraising, but she’s only at No. 5 when looking at money from NBA donors alone, per HoopsHype research.

Clinton has actually received backing from more NBA personalities than all other candidates combined, but it amounts to little compared to the massive financial support some owners have thrown behind a bunch of Republican candidates. Twenty-five people involved in the NBA business have donated a combined $87,100 to the Clinton campaign, while Cavs owner Dan Gilbert alone gave $750,000 to the now-defunct Chris Christie campaign.

Overall, for every dollar Clinton receives, 19 go to Republican candidates.

Some other takeaways from our research:

* Clinton is the only Democratic presidential candidate receiving NBA money. Bernie Sanders has not seen a penny, according to our research.

* Well-funded former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who suspended his campaign last week, was the No. 2 Republican in NBA donations with over $300,000, most of them coming from the DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic.

*  Richard DeVos has given a combined $765,800 to six different Republican candidates.

* Kings’ Vivek Ranadive and Pacers’ Herb Simon are the lone owners donating to the Clinton campaign. All other owner donations went to Republicans. (Simon gave money to the Rubio campaign too).

Donald Trump is the star of the presidential campaign, but he’s gotten no traction in the NBA. Not even Spencer Hawes has donated. (Not that he’s hurting for money).

* Not a single active NBA player has donated to a presidential candidate yet. Caron Butler gave money to the Democratic National Committee last June, though.

Here’s a full breakdown of the NBA donors:

Hillary Clinton (D): $87,100 from 25 NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Mark Aronson Vice president, NBA $1450
Kathy Behrens President, NBA $1500
Rolando Blackman Player development, Dallas $2700
Jean Casner Human Resources, NBA $250
Peter Feigin President, Milwaukee $2700
Dominique Foxworth COO, NBPA $1000
John Hammond General Manager, Milwaukee $2700
Bess Hernreich Special Events, Sacramento $1000
Grant Hill Former player, Orlando $2700
Magic Johnson Former player, LA Lakers $2700
Jason Kidd Coach, Milwaukee $5200
Matina Kolokotronis President, Sacramento $2700
Billy King Executive, Brooklyn $2500
Alexander Lasry Executive, Milwaukee $2700
Warren LeGarie Agent $2700
Mark Lesorgen Associate counsel $27000
Petra Pope Vice president, Brooklyn $2700
Vivek Ranadive Owner, Sacramento $2700
Bruce Ratner Owner, Brooklyn $2500
Adam Silver Commissioner, NBA $2700
Herb Simon Owner, Indiana $1500
David Stern Former commissioner, NBA $5400
Arn Tellem Agent $2700
Casey Wasserman Agent $2700
Jonathan Zuckerbrod Business strategy, Milwaukee $2700

Marco Rubio (R): $267,900 from six NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Doug DeVos Owner, Orlando $2,700
Richard DeVos Owner, Orlando $252,700
Richard DeVos Jr. Owner, Orlando $2,700
Michael Gearon Owner, Atlanta $2,700
Bruce Ratner Owner, Brooklyn $2,700
Herb Simon Owner, Indiana $4,400

John Kasich (R): $5,400 from two NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Richard DeVos Owner, Orlando $2,700
Richard DeVos Jr. Owner, Orlando $2,700

Jeb Bush (R): $327,600 from 10 NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Clay Bennett Owner, Oklahoma City $2,700
Tom Benson Owner, New Orleans $2,700
Lucas Boyce Executive, Orlando $2,700
Doug DeVos Owner, Orlando $27,700
Richard DeVos Owner, Orlando $250,000
Richard DeVos Jr. Owner, Orlando $27,700
Michael Gearon Owner, Atlanta $2,700
JB Lockhart Senior vice president, NBA $1,000
Jim Morris Vice chairman, Indiana $2,700
Pat Riley President, Miami $7,700

Chris Christie (R): $750,000 from one NBA donor

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Dan Gilbert Owner, Cleveand $750,000

Carly Fiorina (R): $255,900 from three NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Doug DeVos Owner, Orlando $2,700
Richard DeVos Owner, Orlando $252,700
Jim Paxson Scout, Chicago $500

Bobby Jindal (R): $5,400 from two NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION 
Tom Benson Owner, New Orleans $2,700
Richard DeVos Owner, Orlando $2,700

Scott Walker (R): $7,700 from two NBA donors

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Richard DeVos Owner, Orlando $5,000
Richard DeVos Jr. Owner, Orlando $2,700

Rick Perry (R): $2,700 from one NBA donor

DONOR OCCUPATION DONATION
Peter Holt Owner, San Antonio $2,700

Source: Federal Election Commision.

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