Sports Personalities Among DCCC’s October Donors

Posted November 22, 2009 at 10:59am

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s October fundraising report, which it filed Friday evening, includes a number of sports figures.Jason Taylor, a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins football team, gave $10,000 to the DCCC last month. (Football fans, especially those in the nation’s capital, will recall that Taylor played last year for the Washington Redskins, who probably wish they had him this season.)Robert Kraft, the owner of the perennial powerhouse New England Patriots, also gave $10,000 to the DCCC. Kraft contributes frequently to Democratic Party organizations and candidates.Andre Agassi, the former champion tennis player who has been in the news lately, chipped in $5,000.Among the handful of donors who gave the maximum $30,400 contribution to the DCCC was Tracy Mourning, the wife of Alonzo Mourning, the former professional basketball player who played most of his career for the Miami Heat. She’s also the founder of a mentoring program for young girls.Andy Elisburg, the Heat’s senior vice president for basketball operations, gave $5,000 to the DCCC.There’s a Florida flavor to the DCCC’s report because President Barack Obama headlined an Oct. 26 fundraiser in Miami to benefit the DCCC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The two committees are working to protect Democratic majorities in the 2010 election.