What prominent Phila.-area figures gave candidates

Posted: October 19, 2007

In political giving, some major donors cover their bets. And some don't. And individuals within the same organization support different candidates and different parties.

Consider the Philadelphia Eagles.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie has given $4,600 to Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to federal records. His wife, Christina, has given $2,300 to Clinton plus $2,300 to Democrat Barack Obama.

Team president Joe Banner has donated another $2,300 to Clinton. But coach Andy Reid has sent $2,300 to Republican Mitt Romney, as has his wife, Tammy.

Executives at Comcast Corp. are more spread out.

Founder Ralph Roberts has given $4,600 to Clinton, $2,300 to Democrat Joe Biden, and $2,300 each to Republicans Rudy Giuliani and John McCain.

Chairman and chief executive officer Brian Roberts: $4,600 to Clinton, $1,000 to Giuliani.

President Stephen Burke: $2,300 each to Romney and Giuliani.

Executive vice president David L. Cohen: $2,300 to Clinton and McCain, $1,000 to Giuliani and Democrat Chris Dodd.

Then there are the Philadelphia 76ers.

Chairman Ed Snider has sent $4,600 to Giuliani; president Billy King, the same amount to Obama.

And the Toll brothers.

Robert Toll, CEO of the homebuilding firm that bears the family name, has donated $2,300 to Democrat Bill Richardson. His brother Bruce, chairman of Philadelphia Media Holdings, parent company of The Inquirer, has given $2,300 to Giuliani and $2,100 to McCain.

"The $2,300 limit makes it easy for big donors to cover their bets," said Center City attorney Charles Kopp, Romney's Pennsylvania chairman.

The $4,600 gifts include $2,300 for the general election. Should a candidate not get nominated or decide to accept federal funding for the general election, the second $2,300 must be refunded or designated for a future campaign.

Here are some other prominent area donors.

Gov. Rendell: $2,300 to Biden, $1,000 to Clinton, $1,000 to Richardson.

James Nevels, former School Reform Commission chairman: $2,300 to McCain, $2,100 to Romney, $1,000 to Giuliani.

Stephen Steinour, Citizens Bank CEO: $2,300 to Romney, $2,000 to Democrat Chris Dodd, $1,500 to Biden.

Charles Pizzi, Tasty Baking CEO: $1,000 to Richardson, $1,000 to Giuliani.

J. Bruce Llewellyn, Philadelphia Coca-Cola CEO: $4,600 to Clinton.

Richard A. Sprague, attorney: $2,300 to Obama.

Connie Williams, Pennsylvania state senator: $4,600 to Clinton.


Contact senior writer Larry Eichel

at 215-854-2415 or leichel@phillynews.com.

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