First the reborn city on the lake clinched the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Now LeBron James is “coming home,” as he announced at Sports Illustrated.
Yet the returning star of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, by way of a four-year detour in Miami, won’t be pitching in for the RNC’s bid for the swing state of Ohio — the state without which no Republican ever has won the White House — if past campaign giving is any indication of future political performance.
James, then with the Cavaliers, wrote a $20,000 check to the Democratic White House Victory Fund in June 2008, according to the Federal Election Commission.
He also gave $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee, the FEC shows.
There’s no indication of any renewed contribution for President Barack Obama’s second-term campaign, when James was based in Miami. Though he has made an in-kind contribution to the president’s health-care plan. And James made Obama an honorary member — No. 44 — of the championship Heat.
Obama has found plenty of support lately from another ex-Heat star: Alonzo Mourning, the golf partner of the president has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns going back to $25,000 in the 2004 congressional campaigns. Mourning also gave $1,000 to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in that 2008 presidential contest with Obama — and $4,600 to Obama, backing both early in 2007, according to the FEC.
Obama has referred to James as “a fine young man.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest adds that “the president is a big fan of LeBron.”
Particularly after James pitched in to promote Obamacare.