The NFL’s Political Action Committee is preparing for the November midterm elections, having already collected over $670,000 in donations from team owners, executives and their family members.
The most recent Federal Election Commission disclosures show that of the $671,747 donated to the PAC, about $228,000 has been given to various federal candidates up for election in November, while roughly $290,000 was donated to other PACs.
So far, the bulk of NFL PAC contributions have gone primarily to Democratic Party candidates. In House races, $96,000 went to Democrats while $72,000 went to Republicans, and there was a $42,000 to $18,500 split respectively for Senate candidates.
House Candidates Receiving NFL PAC donations
Senate Candidates Receiving NFL PAC donations
The PAC recipients
While the spattering of candidates the NFL PAC has dished money to isn’t immediately indicative of its values, the organization’s donations to other PACs may provide that insight. The NFL PAC spent more money on Republican-affiliated groups than it did Democratic ones, with a spending gap of $152,500 to $125,500 respectively.
The Sport Lobby reached out NFL officials regarding the league’s donation philosophy for this upcoming election cycle but did not hear back at the time of publication. This post will be updated should the league provide comment.
The majority of donors to the NFL PAC are team owners, executives and their spouses. This political committee very clearly represents the league office’s policy interests. NFL players have their own organization, donating to the NFL Players Association One Team PAC. Pros representing all 32 teams have delivered over $700,000 in donations to their committee, further highlighting the growing discord between the league and its players.
The NFL PAC (Gridiron PAC) has been in operation since 2008, channeling money to candidates and causes that support league views on issues like labor negotiations and player safety studies.