A new filing released Wednesday provides some insight into who footed the bill for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and according to The Daily Beast, eight National Football League owners made large donations to the committee.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft:
As a longtime friend of President Trump, it’s largely unsurprising to see Robert Kraft’s name appear in the disclosure. Through the Kraft Group LLC, the Patriots owner donated $1,000,000 to the Trump inauguration. Kraft opened up about his support of Trump in a New York Daily News interview:
“Working class people and lower income people, we have to help more. They’ve gotten hurt over the last decade a lot. We have to create jobs and a vibrant economy that helps those communities throughout America. I really believe and hope that the new administration is going to do that.”
Kraft’s donation could further put him at odds with some of his players who chose to protest the team’s Wednesday White House visit following their Super Bowl win.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones:
Unlike other owners who donated to the inaugural committee, Jerry Jones’s donation wasn’t clearly attached to him. A $1,000,000 donation from Gladstone Limited Partnership was linked to Jones by The Daily Beast, with Jones reportedly listed as the firm’s president in Texas. Jones discussed the election during a November radio appearance, but declined to openly support either candidate:
“I have a lot of admiration for both of these people. I really do. My goodness, what would it be to have a woman as our first president and have it be Hillary. I know both of them personally. I admired it when she got the nomination. And then I just cannot believe through his own unique way, Donald Trump has a shot to be President of the United States. So I look at it a little differently. I know they’ve caught a lot of flak in areas they look so highly — I’ll just say — flawed, but you know I understand that a little bit. I’ve had nothing like that, but I’ve had a couple of weak spots pointed out. I know there’s a lot of good there too in both of these people.”
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson:
Of all of the owners who donated to President Trump’s inaugural committee, Woody Johnson appears to have benefited the most from his relationship with the president. Johnson was tapped as Ambassador to Britain back in January, though he is yet to be confirmed for the role. According to The New York Times, the position is traditionally reserved for one of a president’s wealthiest donors. According to Wednesday’s filing, Johnson donated $1,000,000 to the committee.
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder:
In addition to being spotted at a black-tie Inauguration party, Dan Snyder opened his wallet for the president to the tune of $1,000,000. Snyder had previously supported Jeb Bush for president with a $100,000 super PAC donation, but appears to have shifted support to Donald Trump. President Trump had vocally supported the Washington Redskins in the past while the team fielded criticism for their name and logo from the Obama administration:
Government is shut down yet Obama is now harassing the privately owned @Redskins to change its name.He needs to focus on his job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2013
President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name-our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them,not nonsense
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair:
After donating handsomely to super PACs supporting Republicans in the House and Senate, Bob McNair cut a $1,000,000 check for the Trump inaugural. McNair led all other NFL owners in political donations during 2016, but he declined to financially support any individual candidates during the presidential election.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan:
Although he supported Donald Trump with a $1,000,000 donation to his inaugural committee, Shahid Khan has actually vocally criticized Trump since his election. Khan supported Trump, but explained after the election that Trump’s promise of a Muslim ban was only pre-election talk.
After President Trump signed an executive order to fulfill his campaign promise of restricting travel from certain predominantly Muslim regions of the world, Khan distanced himself from the president and criticize the decision.
Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke:
In addition to owning the Los Angeles Rams, Stan Kroenke also owns England’s Arsenal soccer team, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, and the MLS’s Colorado Rapids. Kroenke donated $1,000,000 to the Trump inaugural committee.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Ed Glazer:
Of the eight owners who donated to the Trump inaugural committee, the only owner to donate less than $1,000,000 was Ed Glazer. Glazer also owns soccer powerhouse Manchester United and opted to donate $250,000. During the presidential campaign, Glazer donated to both Clinton and Trump.
According to The Daily Beast, donations from NFL owners accounted for 6.7% of the total donations to the inaugural committee.