This probably wasn’t what Connecticut had in mind as far as reparations go for losing out on the Patriots.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell recently gave $100 to gubernatorial campaign of state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, giving arguably the most powerful man in professional sports a rooting interest in the 2014 race.
Did we mention that Goodell doesn’t even live in Connecticut? He resides in Bronxville, N.Y.
At least five league executives contributed to the Republican from Fairfield, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers determined from looking at McKinney’s fundraising report for the third quarter. The only one listed with a Connecticut address is Kevin Flaherty, the chief financial officer and an executive vice president for the NFL.
The others were league spokesman Greg Aiello; Jennifer Langton, vice president of business ventures finance; and Michael Signora, vice president of football communications.
So what’s the connection between McKinney, the son of the late Congressman Stewart McKinney, and the most lucrative sports league on the planet?
Although his name hasn’t shown up yet in McKinney’s campaign finance report, which only listed contributions through Sept. 30, Hicks hosted an Oct. 4 fundraiser for the gubernatorial hopeful.
McKinney needs to muster $250,000 in small contributions to qualify for taxpayer funding for his campaign. As of Sept. 30, he raised $33,087, according to the state Elections Enforcement Commission. McKinney’s campaign announced late last week that is now more than $90,000 toward that goal when counting donations received after Sept. 30.