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SF Giants owners give big for political causes

By Josh Richman
Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 4:27 pm in campaign finance.

They might be united behind their World Champion San Francisco Giants, but the team’s principal partners don’t always see eye-to-eye on politics – some of them give big to Republican candidates and causes, and some to Democratic candidates and causes.

Here’s the rundown of state and federal contributions for 2011-2012, with spouses’ contributions in italics:

Laurence Baer, president & CEO
$2,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC

Tori Burns
$10,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC

Allan Byer
$16,000, Republican National Committee
$5,000, Mitt Romney for President

William Chang
$500, Jeff Merkley (D) for Senate
$500, Mark Warner (D) for Senate

Trina Dean
$5,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$2,000, Barack Obama for President
husband, Rob Dean
$5,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$2,500, Greg Conlon (R) for Senate

George Drysdale
$10,000, Republican National Committee
$5,000, Mitt Romney for President

Philip Halperin
$5,000, Democratic National Committee
$5,000, Barack Obama for President

David Jenkins
$15,000, Republican National Committee
$10,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$5,000, Publix Super Markets PAC
$2,500, John Quinones (R) for Congress
$2,500, Jeff Flake (R) for Congress
$5,000, Adam Hasner (R) for Congress

Charles B. Johnson
$200,000, American Crossroads (conservative 527 group)
$200,000, No on 30 – Californians for Reforms & Jobs, Not Taxes
$100,000, Yes on 32 – Stop Special Interest Money Now
$50,000, Restore Our Future PAC (pro-Romney super PAC)
$15,800, Republican National Committee
$5,000, John Boehner (R) for Congress
$2,500, Sarah Steelman (R) for Senate
$2,500, Denny Rehberg (R) for Senate
$2,500, Richard Lugar (R) for Senate
$2,500, Linda Lingle (R) for Senate
$2,500, Rick Berg (R) for Congress
$2,500, Ben Quayle (R) for Congress
$2,500, Craig Huey (R) for Congress
Wife, Ann
$61,600, Republican National Committee
$5,000 Mitt Romney for President
$5,000, Ed Royce (R) for Congress
$2,500, George Allen (R) for Senate
$2,500, Sarah Steelman (R) for Senate
$2,500, Linda Lingle (R) for Senate
$2,500, Richard Lugar (R) for Senate
$2,500, Denny Rehberg (R) for Senate
$2,500, Scott Brown (R) for Senate
$2,500, Ben Quayle (R) for Congress
$2,500, Vernon Robinson (R) for Congress
$2,500, Rick Berg (R) for Congress

LOTS more, after the jump…

Arthur H. Kern
$5,000, Democratic State Central Committee of CA
$5,000, California Forward Issues Action Fund (Yes on Prop. 31)
$5,000, Jerry McNerney (D) for Congress
$2,500, Dianne Feinstein (D) for Senate
$2,500, Mark Warner (D) for Senate
$1,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
Wife, Alison
$2,500, Jerry McNerney (D) for Congress

Duane Kurisu
$500, Central Pacific Bank PAC
Wife, Susan
$4,500, Mufi Hannemann (D) for Congress

Peter Magowan
$75,000, American Crossroads (conservative 527 group)
$61,600, Republican National Committee
$25,000, Restore Our Future PAC (pro-Romney super PAC)
$15,000, National Republican Senatorial Committee
$5,625, Republican State Committee of Mass.
$5,625, Oklahoma Leadership Council (state GOP)
$5,625, Republican Party of Idaho
$5,625, Vermont Republican Federal Elections Comm.
$5,000 Mitt Romney for President
$5,000, Lindsay Graham (R) for Senate
$2,500, Prosperity PAC (Paul Ryan’s leadership PAC)
$2,500, Tim Pawlenty (R) for President
$2,500, Scott Brown (R) for Senate
$5,000, Mitch McConnell (R) for Senate
$2,500, Ben Quayle (R) for Congress
$1,000, National Republican Congressional Committee
$1,000 Freedom PAC (Rep. Paul Broun’s leadership PAC)
$1,000, Elizabeth Emken (R) for Senate
$1,000, George Allen (R) for Senate
$1,000, Jon Bruning (R) for Senate
$1,000, Kevin McCarthy (R) for Congress
$1,000, Ricky Gill (R) for Congress
$500, Paul Ryan (R) for Congress
$500, Allen West (R) for Congress
$500, Tony Strickland (R) for Congress

William Neukom, chairman emeritus
$22,900, Democratic National Committee
$10,000, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
$5,000, Barack Obama for President
$5,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$5,000, Lindsay Graham (R) for Senate
$5,000, Don Bivens (D) for Senate
$900, Maria Cantwell (D) for Senate
$750, Norm Dicks (D) for Congress
$500, Jim McDermott (D) for Congress
$250, Adam Smith (D) for Congress
$250, Patty Murray (D) for Senate
Wife, Sally
$30,800, Democratic National Committee
$5,000, Barack Obama for President
$5,000, Lindsay Graham (R) for Senate
$2,500, Don Bivens (D) for Senate
$1,000, Suzan DelBene (D) for Congress

Lawrence Nibbi
$6,210, Construction Employers’ Association PAC
$2,000, John Perez (D) for Assembly
$1,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$500, Phil Ting (D) for Assembly
$250, Rob Bonta (D) for Assembly

Arthur Rock
$25,000, Taxpayers for Public Safety (Yes on Prop. 34)
$5,000, Elizabeth Esty (D) for Congress
$5,000, Leadership for Educational Equity
$5,000, Committee for Three Strikes Reform (Yes on Prop. 36)
$3,000, Joe Coto (D) for State Senate
$1,000, Californians Against Special Interests (Yes on Prop. 32)

A. Daniel Scheinman
$2,019, Cisco Systems Inc. ePAC
$1,000, Barack Obama for President

John Scully
$500,000, Small Business Action Committee PAC (No30/Yes32)
$246,750, Alliance of CA Charter Schools Independent Expenditure Committee
$250,000, CA Charter Schools Assn. Advocates Issues Committee
$61,600, Democratic National Committee
$50,000 Family Farmers Working For A Better California
$13,000, Charter Schools PAC (spons. by Alliance of CA Charter Schools)
$13,000, Gavin Newsom (D) for Lieutenant Governor
$5,000, Barack Obama for President
$5,000, House Majority PAC (D)
$5,000, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) for Senate
$5,000, George Miller (D) for Congress
$3,900, Brian Johnson (D) for Assembly
$3,250, Kamala Harris (D) for Attorney General
$2,500, Jared Polis (D) for Congress
$2,300, Hillary Clinton (D) for President
$2,000, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$1,000, Timothy Bishop (D) for Congress

Scott Seligman
$2,500, Mark Leno (D) for State Senate
$250, Michael Breyer (D) for Assembly

Robert L. Sockolov
$1,000, Barack Obama for President

Lawrence Stupski
$177,000, EdVoice Independent Expenditure Committee
$15,000, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
$13,000, EdVoice for the Kids PAC
$5,500, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
$5,000, PAC to the Future (Nancy Pelosi’s leadership PAC)
$5,000, Nancy Pelosi (D) for Congress
$5,000, Solidarity PAC (D)
$3,900, Brian Johnson (D) for Assembly
$3,900, Rob Bonta (D) for Assembly
$2,500, Jerry McNerney (D) for Congress
$2,500, Eric Cantor (R) for Congress
$2,500, Orrin Hatch (R) for Senate
$2,000, Alan Khazei (D) for Senate
$2,000, Tom Carper (D) for Senate
$1,250, Barack Obama for President
$1,000, Mazie Hirono (D) for Senate
$1,000, Tammy Baldwin (D) for Senate
$1,000, Lois Capps (D) for Congress
$500, Michela Alioto-Pier for Mayor
Wife, Joyce
$5,000, Solidarity PAC (Rep. George Miller’s leadership PAC)
$5,000, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
$5,000, PAC to the Future (Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s leadership PAC)
$5,000, Nancy Pelosi (D) for Congress
$3,900, Brian Johnson (D) for Assembly
$2,500, Jerry McNerney (D) for Congress
$1,250, Barack Obama for President
$500, Michela Alioto-Pier for Mayor

Jed Walentas
$2,500, Joseph Crowley (D) for Congress
$2,500, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) for Senate
$2,500, Gary Ackerman (D) for Congress
$2,500, Anthony Weiner (D) for Congress
$2,500, Jerrold Nadler (D) for Congress

David Wolff
$2,500, Mitt Romney for President
$250, MLB Commissioner’s Office PAC
Wife, Mary
$2,500, Mitt Romney for President

Paul Wythes
$1,000, Yes on 29 – Californians for a Cure
$1,000, Brian Johnson (D) for Assembly

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  • Jennifer Hebert

    How did you find this info? Very interesting!!!

  • GV Haste

    Well there you go folks.
    The ample transfer of all those excessively expensive beers and absurdly priced sausages…

    Directly into the campaigns of your favorite Republicans

    Charles B. Johnson
    $200,000, American Crossroads (conservative 527 group)
    $200,000, No on 30 – Californians for Reforms & Jobs, Not Taxes
    $100,000, Yes on 32 – Stop Special Interest Money Now
    $50,000, Restore Our Future PAC (pro-Romney super PAC)
    $15,800, Republican National Committee
    $5,000, John Boehner (R) for Congress

    Drink up, and keep those beers coming, John Boehner needs those funds.

  • Josh Richman

    @#1 – Hey, I know you! ;-)
    It’s all a matter of public record; I ran all the owners’ names through the database at opensecrets.org, which crunches FEC filings, and then through the California Secretary of State’s database.

  • GV Haste

    Oh great, Peter Magowan, San Francisco’s favorite Giant owner, is supporting a candidate near and dear to every San Franciscan’s heart.

    That would be Vice President Dan Quayle’s loving son, Ben Quayle who is running for re-election to congress in Arizona.
    $2,500 for the lad.

    Hey, Charles B. Johnson is also shelling out $2,500 for Quayle’s son.

    Be proud to know, Ben Quayle is very distinguished..

    “In 2012, Quayle was named “The Most Conservative Member of the House of Representatives” by the National Journal.”

    Kind of like the Buster Posey of right wingers, MVP.

  • Elwood

    You people slay me.

    These guys are business men.

    You seem surprised that they’re not donating to your pet liberal candidates.

  • JohnW

    Re: #5

    I’m pretty sure John Scully and Bill Neukom qualify as businessmen too.

  • Bruce R, Peterson, Lafayette

    It looks like rich people are buying candidates from both sides of the aisle.

  • John W

    What’s the point of being rich if you can’t use the money to buy the government you want? Sure beats trying to influence government with just one itsy bitsy vote at the ballot box.

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