Records: N.Y. team owners backing McCain

Aug. 11, 2008 at 1:38 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Most of the owners of the top New York sport franchises are supporting presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain, campaign records show.

Federal Elections Commission records show that George Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the New York Yankees, and Woody Johnson, who owns the New York Jets, both are major supporters of the Arizona senator's White House bid, the New York Post said Monday.

The baseball franchise owner has donated $19,600 to McCain's ongoing campaign while Johnson has taken time from overseeing his NFL franchise to raise millions of dollars for the presidential hopeful.

"Woody Johnson has ... contributed his time, effort and leadership to getting John McCain elected in November," campaign manager Rick Davis said.

Meanwhile, top New York sports stars have been supporting presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The Post said New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury has contributed $2,300 to the Illinois senator's campaign, which also received donations from former Knicks stars Allan Houston and Phil Jackson.

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