Romney’s Patriots: Obama’s Donors

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Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets in action against the New England Patriots.

In that interview that Mitt Romney had with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan today, the Republican presidential nominee acknowledged that his favorite football team is the New England Patriots, from his adopted home state of Massachusetts, where he served as governor.

The owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, has taken sides in the presidential race, too:

He has given the maximum allowed $5,000 to Romney’s opponent, President Barack Obama.

Kraft also donated $12,900 to the Democratic National Committee, which is working to re-elect the president, in December, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group .

Patriots safety Josh Barrett also is an Obama donor.

On the other hand, the Patriots’ arch rivals in the American Football Conference’s Eastern Division, the New York Jets, is a fountain of financial support for Romney. The Jets’ owner, Woody Johnson, is a Romney fundraiser and donor. Three other Jets executive have also contributed to the Romney campaign.

Strahan put the question of team loyalty to Romney.

“Sorry about that, Mr. Giants,” Romney replied, “but for me it’s New England.”

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