Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lightning, Vinik Donate Generously to Political Campaigns

In addition to support of regional transit efforts ($75,000 worth), the Tampa Bay Lightning - through personal donations from top executives - has also contributed money to every sitting Hillsborough County Commissioner.

The findings were included in my recent piece for WTSP/10 News on political contributions from sports teams and sports stars.  To see the entire list and interactive database, continue reading here.
Team CEO Tod Leiweke has contributed to the campaign accounts of all seven Hillsborough County commissioners.  He also has contributed to Florida's attorney general, Pam Bondi, Congressional candidate Gwen Graham, and when we worked for the 49ers in 2008-2009, he contributed $10,000 to the NFL's political action committee.

And owner Jeff Vinik donated more than $50,000 to national Republican committees as well as $73,300 to the Romney Victory Fund in 2012.

Other individuals included in the comprehensive donation report include top Lightning executives and former star Dave Andreychuk.

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