Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Where Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards Puts His Campaign Donations

St. Pete business tycoon Bill Edwards may be a rookie when it comes to owning a pro soccer team, but the Rowdies' owner is a grizzled veteran when it comes to political contributions.  Since 2003, Edwards has given more than $1.3 million to political campaigns, 99% of which affiliated with Republicans.

 Recipients of Edwards' donations include the Republican Party of Florida, National Republican Committee, Sarasota Congressman Vern Buchanan, Latvala's Florida Leadership Committee, Ohio Congressman John Boehner, and Gov. Charlie Crist prior to his party-switches.
The donations were among the many findings of 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.

The few Democrats Edwards has supported include former New York congressman Gary Ackerman and former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.

WTSP found no political contributions from the team itself, but at least one current executive donated to David Jolly's congressional campaign in 2014.

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