Big Stein Spreads It Around

Don’t say he ain’t generous. And SF is going to have to stop smearing George as an unrepentant Republican booster. According to Newsmeat‘s federal campaign contribution spreadsheet, Steinbrenner has donated $203,500 to election coffers, with 51 percent going to democrats. Lesson: when you’re building an empire, it helps to spread the green around.

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  • YF, as uncritical as ever. A deeper look at Steinbrenner’s donations (which YF is either lazily not clicking through to see or, perhaps more insidiously and dishonestly, ignoring completely to falsely smear me) shows that where his team and business interests are concerned, and where Democrats hold office, he throws money at Democrats, in addition to their Republican counterparts. Hence donations to Schumer (previously he gave to D’Amato), Inouye, Nelson (Connie Mack before that). Not surprising. But in elections where his team and businesses are influenced to a much lesser degree (in other words, where he votes his heart and mind and not his wallet) he’s unrepentantly a Republican sycophant. Hence the donations to Reagan. To Bush/Quayle ’88. To Bush/Quayle ’92. To Bob Dole. To Dubya. Where I live, that’s called a Republican. Nice try, YF.

    SF March 13, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • He does back winners though…Great in the case of the Yanks, sad in the case of the Nation.

    walein March 13, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • I misspoke. Where I live that’s called a f@#king a**hole.

    SF March 13, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • Close, SF… where we’re from it’s called “Governor”
    LOL on the R-rated followup though, well-played

    pstar March 13, 2006, 5:36 pm
  • I’m surprised! Didn’t all those conservative pundits say that

    Jack Abramoff

    played both sides of the aisles?

    NickYF March 13, 2006, 8:48 pm
  • Anyone want to here a compelling 10,000 word rant on why Bush/Cheney and their merry band of conservative lunatics are the absolute worst ever? I didn’t think so, I’ll shut up.

    whatever March 13, 2006, 11:16 pm
  • SF, you’re really stretching it thin with your analysis. The donations to Bob Graham’s (D) failed presidential bid don’t fit into your picture. Nor do the donations to John Murtha (D) in the name of his shipping company, nor do the donations to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the name of his shipping company.
    It looks like he’s playing both sides to further his economic interests. If his contributions were ideology driven, they would, at the very least, skew one way or another. It’s pretty much even. Where I’m from it’s called being a capitalist.
    And whatever, I think 10,000 words would cover just the Iraq issue, you’ll need another 7,500 for Katrina, another 5 for Libby and news plants/leaks, another 5 for NSA, another 2 for our energy policy, another 5 for Medicare, another 5 for Social Security, another 2 for the Supreme Court (failures and successes), maybe another 5 for Rove alone (I forgot about the Swift Boaters, so tack on another 2,500), and who knows how much for Bin Ladin and 911.

    lp March 14, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Supreme court successes? Hardly!
    But let’s be honest. We all know George is a Republican. But the donations prove he’s smart enough to throw his money around to anyone who can help his business. That’s either smart or despicable or both, depending on your point of view. Certainly, it’s the American way of doing business.

    YF March 14, 2006, 4:16 pm
  • I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but Donald Fehr’s balancing act is also an example of what the Boss does. I thought the Dems were the pro-labor party. I guess million-dollar laborers are a whole different story.

    NickYF March 14, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • YF,
    Conservatives now have enough votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade. From a Republican standpoint, the Roberts and Alito confirmations were major successes and will influence this country for years to come. In fact, they’re currently the only two positives in his legacy.

    lp March 14, 2006, 4:48 pm
  • LP:
    Your analysis is not correct. Murtha has always been known as a hawkish Democrat, and a huge proponent of major military appropriations, so Steinbrenner giving money to him is no surprise. And Bob Graham as a target (a Florida Senator at the time of his presidential aspirations) is also in keeping with Steinbrenner’s attitude. Again, in national election campaigns, where he is not buttering anyone’s bread, he shows an unflinching conviction to donate to the GOP. No donations to Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Clinton, or Kerry. I don’t see why this is worth denying – he’s a Republican who donates to Democrats as a matter of business. Big deal. He may be a megalomaniac, but he’s not stupid. All I was pointing out was that a more sophsticated examination of his donations shows something different than what YF posted. He admitted as much in the comments above.

    SF March 14, 2006, 5:00 pm
  • I don’t think it’s that different than what I posted.

    YF March 14, 2006, 5:07 pm
  • You said he wasn’t an unrepentant Republican booster. He is. That would qualify as “different”. But, as you like to say, whatever.

    SF March 14, 2006, 5:20 pm
  • I’d say donating more than 50 percent of his political contributions to Democrats would make him a HIGHLY repentant Republican. So the post stands.

    YF March 14, 2006, 5:44 pm
  • I’d call him an unrepentant Republican who cares about his wallet. That’s nothing but a right wing capitalist. Repentance has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    SF March 14, 2006, 5:55 pm
  • All Republicans care about their wallets–that’s why they’re Republicans! (Or at least that’s how it was in the old days. Not so much with this group of spenders and wingnuts.)

    YF March 14, 2006, 6:22 pm

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