[Blind Gossip] You probably know that New York City is a very liberal place. That’s why we were a bit surprised to hear something about the owner of a major New York sports team.
[Owner] was actually a big supporter of Donald Trump. He financially gave a lot of money to Trump’s campaign. He didn’t think Trump would win, but now he’s very surprised and happy for the election results. I bet his fans would not be happy if they found this out.
As he fears repercussions for his business, the owner plans to keep his support for Trump quiet.
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[Optional] Would you stop supporting a business or celebrity if you found out that they have political views different from your own? Have you already done so?
It’s James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks!
From The New York Daily News:
Knicks owner James Dolan is an NBA outsider for giving $300G to Donald Trump’s campaign
At a time when the NBA has gone hard to its left by openly admonishing Donald Trump – from coaches publicly maligning the nascent President of the United States, to players saying they would boycott any visit to the White House – James Dolan pivoted right with big bucks.
Less than two months prior to the election – and after Trump revealed his divisive plans to build a wall and ban Muslims – the Garden chairman pledged $300,000 to fundraising committee ‘Trump Victory,’ according to public records reviewed by the Daily News.
Dolan, however, opened his wallet to Make America Great Again. He split his donations to ‘Trump Victory’ for $250,000 on Sept. 27, and $50,000 on Sept. 1. He also pledged the maximum of $2,700 to Trump’s campaign alone.
‘Trump Victory’ is a joint fundraising committee between the Donald Trump presidential campaign organization, the Republican National Committee and 11 state Republican committees.
Dolan, according to records, previously pledged money to committees dubbed ‘Romney Victory,’ ‘McCain Victory,’ and ‘Kerry Victory,’ but those donations combined didn’t come close to matching the $300,000 he offered to get Trump elected.
When reached for a comment a Garden spokesman issued this statement, “Mr. Dolan’s contributions are a matter of public record.”
The part of this article that is most interesting is that Dolan donated to “Kerry Victory.” For those of you who don’t follow politics closely, John Kerry is the Democrat who lost to George Bush in 2004. Kerry later went on to become Secretary of State under Barack Obama.
When business people like James Dolan make political donations to candidates on BOTH sides of the aisle, it’s usually because they are looking to get on the winning side rather than the side they most agree with. That’s just good business!
However, given the angst this past election caused, we are sure that there are some people who will see the donation as a reason to call Dolan names and boycott The Knicks.
Congratulations to Egan301 for being first with the correct response!