While real estate mogul Donald Trump is making most of the headlines in the presidential campaign, it’s Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush who dominate among candidates when it comes to fundraising. HoopsHype research shows that’s also true if we consider donations from people involved in the NBA only. It’s still very early in the process, but pretty much every NBA dollar donated so far has gone to the Clinton or Bush campaigns.
Pelicans owner Tom Benson is the only one donating to two different candidates – Bush and Bobby Jindal, governor of Lousiana since 2008. 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.
Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers owner and Quicken Loans founder, is among the most enthusiastic supporters of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential bid. Gilbert has contributed $750,000 to America Leads, a group promoting the Republican hopeful and remains steadfastly on board, even as Christie remains in a lower tier determined by recent polls.
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LeBron James stressed the importance of voting, especially for African-Americans and women. “It’s an important time for everyone,” James said. “It’s important for young people to understand how important it is to vote, to have that right. There was a time where [African-Americans] didn’t have the right to vote. There was a time that women, especially, didn’t have the right to vote. It’s your time. People should understand that and be responsible about it.”