Republican McNair’s Texans Face Democrat Kraft’s Patriots

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, greets Bob McNair owner of the Houston Texans before a football game in this file photo.

There’s a big National Football League showdown tonight between the 11-1 Houston Texans and the 9-3 New England Patriots, two division-leading teams run by active political donors.

Texans owner Robert McNair gave $2 million this year to a super-political action committee, Restore Our Future, that helped Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.  McNair gave $1 million in October to another Republican super-PAC, American Crossroads, and $100,000 last year to a super-PAC that aided Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s unsuccessful White House bid.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a frequent political donor who gives money almost exclusively to Democratic candidates. He donated $40,000 this year to a political fund authorized by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, the Democratic National Committee and some state Democratic parties.

Romney had the edge over Obama among sports-team owners, while more players backed the president, my colleague Jonathan D. Salant wrote in May. Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, was a top Romney fundraiser and surrogate.

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