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My heavens! Massachusetts Senator takes political donation from Yankees president

Apr 18, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

United States Senator Scott Brown prepares to throw out the first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston.

There are a lot more important things to get outraged about in politics, but if you’re gonna do things like wear the local team’s gear and stand in front of their ballpark in campaign ads in order to try to co-opt some goodwill, you had better not do this:

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown may be rooting for the Red Sox against the Yankees this week, but the head of the hated Pinstripes is going to bat for Brown.

Randy Levine, president of the New York Yankees, donated the maximum $2,500 to the Massachusetts Republican’s re-election campaign last month, according to newly released campaign finance records. That’s right, the commander of the Evil Empire is helping to pay for all those Brown ads championing his support of the Red Sox.

It’d be trivial if, as the article notes, the woman Brown beat in his last election didn’t get all kinds of bad press for thinking that Curt Schilling was a Yankees fan when trying to criticize Schilling’s endorsement of Brown. Of course she was a terrible candidate in a number of ways, so that may not have done her in. But the point remains that silly Red Sox issues seem to matter in Massachusetts politics.

Ultimately, though, this will make me sad if it becomes a real issue instead of an amusing note. Because if people get all angry about a moderate individual donation from a private citizen who happens to be connected with a sports team they hate for tribal reasons, while they seem to care less about huge, systematic purchasing of our political system by corporate and other special interests, it means that we’re pretty much broken as a republic.

(thanks to @baseballot for the heads up)

  1. rooney24 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I didn’t even have to read the article to know that we were talking about Republicans. Republicans care about money first and foremost (mostly about keeping the rich rich and not sharing with the poor). So, of course, team affiliations wouldn’t matter. Money comes first!!

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      In all fairness, there are plenty of examples of folks on either side of the aisle pandering to voting blocs.

    • hasbeen5 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      You really think a Democrat wouldn’t take money wherever they could get it?

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        I suspect that becoming any kind of politician discloses a lifelong secret fantasy about being a streetwalker. In Freudian terms, Citizens United was simply a moment of transference.

      • silverdeer - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        YOU got that right. Take a look at the auto leases for the U.S. Senators, the top 6 in monthly are Dems. If I remember right there is a Senator in MO or KS that has a $6+k/month lease.

      • rooney24 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        My point wasn’t about what a Democrat wouldn’t do, but that Republicans (at least Republican politicians) put money above all else, and don’t give crap one about the little people. My point was less about the guy receiving the money than it was about the guy giving the money. His foremost interest is in helping elect a person that is most interested in helping make rich people richer.

        Personally, I think 80% of all politicians at the national level put their own interests above those of the people that they are supposed to represent. If politicians put the interests of the people first (actual people, not corporations that are somehow now classified as “people”), and not the rich lobbyists’ interests, we would have a lot less hunger, crime, homelessness, etc. in this country. I love the USA, but politicians make my skin crawl.

      • hasbeen5 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Yes, only elected rich Republicans are greedy asses, surely no rich Democrats are greedy asses.

        That Joe Biden writes a huge check to charity every year right?

        I was simply saying that to put a label like that on only one party is stupid.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        Good example there, hasbeen. After all, Biden was one of the, if not the, “poorest” senators prior to being elected to the vice presidency.

    • bbgraf08 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Ehhh Brown is very moderate, and oftentimes swings towards the liberal side. Stick to discussing baseball and keep your political generalizations to yourself!

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Brown is acutely aware that he lucked into Teddy Kennedy’s seat because his opponent was the Democratic answer to Michelle Bachmann, Christine O’Donnell and Lucretia Borgia rolled up together – and who also apparently didn’t give a rat’s ass about campaigning very much. His constituency is Ted Kennedy’s constituency. He stays moderate with liberal swings because he’s going to be out on his ass next time he runs if he doesn’t.

    • mybrunoblog - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Republicans don’t think only about money bro, we just work hard to make lots of it.
      Keep complaining about republicans. We’ll go out and make the money while you can live in your parents basement until you are 40.

      And for the political donation don’t be naive. Any politician worth his salt will take a buck from just about anyone as long as fund raising laws aren’t being compromised. Money wins elections, even for a Massachusetts senator.

      • rooney24 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Nice try. Typical Republican comeback, to assume anyone that disagrees must be a welfare leech living off of their parents. Sorry, clown boy bruno, I have never lived in my parents’ basement. Although, if I had to, my parents do love me enough that they would let me until I got on my feet. Sorry, if your upbringing wasn’t as loving. I’m sure the maids and nannies took good care of you while your parents ignored you and turned you into what you are today. Best of luck to you.

  2. Glenn - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    More offensive is a New Yorker donating for a Massachusetts political race. I get that senators are national figures so it is not as egregious as some billionaires like the Koch brothers using their vast wealth to influence state issues where they neither live or work.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Does Levine happen to live/own property in Massachusetts? If so, then there’s no problem. If not, then you have a legitimate point.

    • damnyankee13 - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      the only reason this is news is the ankees connection. Brown’s opponents are using thi to take votes away in a predominately Red Sox area. Who carea who donates money to who? They are all gonna say what we want to hear till they gert in office then do what thery want to do, at least quite a few of them. There are some who stand by their pre-electiver promises, but not many. Maybe Levine lives in his “jurisdiction”[unsure right word] and just likes his politics.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Since Scott Brown has been elected the Red Sox have not been in the playoffs. Hence, I will chalk this up to baseball superstition on the part of Randy, much as Beep-beep adjusts his batting glove 15 times between pitches.

  4. bigharold - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Randy Levine donating to a republican, .. I’m shocked! A well healed executive donating to a republican is not news nor is it upsetting.

    Booby Valentine, the RS manager, on New York sports radio, .. now that’s another matter. There should be a law against that!

  5. leftywildcat - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Since he can’t seem to keep politics off this blog, Craig must not be in the Best Shape of his Life.

    • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      I should just type the following statement into a word doc and paste it here every time some clueless rookie comes along who thinks he or she is entitled to dictate the contents of this blog: Craig has repeatedly said that the discussion on this blog is wide open, subject to a pretty expansive interpretation of civility and courtesy and barring only overtly bigoted statements about race, nationality or sexual orientation (you can say nasty things about other species, however – especially sports journalists). If you want blinkers, feel free to bring your own, but trying to impose them on the rest of us – left wing, right wing, carnivores and herbivores alike – is a complete waste of time. The yard is littered with the desiccated pixels of those who have tried. Deal with it.

      • bigharold - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        I’m not sure what you’re getting at OG.

      • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        It’s a reply to leftywildcat directly above – another “don’t talk politics on a sports blog” comment by someone who clearly doesn’t spend much time around here.

  6. barrywhererufrom - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I read some posts and like always I come away with the feeling that our American educational system did a great job indoctrinating students. Of course educating them is another thing. Why would levine give money to walker..well if walker loses his race to the spend and spend democrats could gain power back..his seat is that important. At least when I read that Republicans only support rich people I realized that msnbc and the liberal media did its job on the clueless. Its very scary that these jackasses will be voting in Nov..

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      “Of course educating them is another thing. Why would levine give money to walker..well if walker loses his race to the spend and spend democrats could gain power back..his seat is that important.”

      I do believe that reading comprehension is a part of education. So I ask you this: Who is Walker? He donated to Scott BROWN—though I guess that could be chalked up to being a typo, but that would be one hell of a typo. Oh and there’s the whole capitalization stuff, and yada yada yada.

      I commend you for not using the tired cliche of “tax and spend Democrats.” But you do realize that the moron who lost the 2000 election, and yet occupied the Oval Office (2001-09) did more to bankrupt this country—both financially and morally—than anybody else in history, right? Yeah…spending and spending and spending, while cutting off the source of said money generally leads to bathing in red ink, not to mention the red blood of thousands of Americans.

      So close. But nice try, anyway.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      • hasbeen5 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        I like that you posted this directly after your Bush rant, because it fits so well.

      • barrywhererufrom - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        Get a clue! Obama spent more money in office then any president in the history of our republic. When inoubt the dim witted like yourself blame Bush. Why was unemployment under Bush? How about gas prices or our national debt. No wonder you show comedians to make a point..because your points are a JOKE! When you come in the big boy room bring facts with you.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Why was unemployment under Bush? How about gas prices

        You think gas prices are based on something the President has control over*?

        When you come in the big boy room bring facts with you.

        Oh never mind, you’re just an idiot. Here’s the paragon of the Left controlled media, Fox News, talking about how much control the president has over gas prices:

        *Note: 99% of cases this is true. However, if you are an imbecile of the first order like some of the Republican nominees (cough Gingrich cough) and think you can have $2/gal gas AND want to invade Iran, and don’t realize how those two things aren’t mutually exclusive well….

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

        —“When inoubt the dim witted like you blame Bush.”
        —“Why was unemployment under Bush?”
        —“How about gas prices or our national debt.”

        Hey, barry, calm the hell down and try to formulate responses into something remotely close to English, complete with correct grammar and punctuation, ’cause, ya know, you referred to poor education before, okay?

        —“When you come in the big boy room bring facts with you.”

        How can I refute your facts when you supply none?

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        Oh, and hasbeen5, that was hardly a Bush rant. It was a rant about a moronic comment by one of your right wing nut brethren.

      • nworca - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        I do believe that if you do a little research, the highest gas prices occured in 2008, during the Bush administration. The highest rate of job loss was hit just a couple of months into the Obama administration and unarguably due to events in the Bush administration. And that record deficit spending is mostly due to a trashed economy from 2008 that reduced revenues. New government programs that required extra government debt were far more numerous during the Bush years than the Obama administration. So, you see, whererufrom, facts state clearly that it is Bush’s fault. Acceptance is the first step in getting better.

  7. jamessmyth621 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    In the words of State Senator R. Clayton Davis: I’ll take any mothaf&!%#$ money if he GIVIN’ it away!

    • bigharold - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Gotta love those “The Wire” references.

      • bigharold - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM


  8. barrywhererufrom - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Dear Utley’s hair get

    • Gobias Industries - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Yeah! Take that, Utley’s Hair!

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        He really put me in my place. I feel so humbled.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      Um…you were saying?

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Scott Brown is a huge sellout that lucked into the seat as gator said. He is somewhat moderate which is why he got elected up here but the guy is a huge tool

  10. 4Q - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Scott Brown will do anything and jump in bed with anyone for a buck.

    • barrywhererufrom - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Nworca my phonecdied pardon my prior message. Gas prices are averaging 4 dollars a gallon. In new York its more like 4.50..this administration has done nothing to eleviate the situation. And they could of done plenty. Like releasing our strategic reserve or voting for the keystone pipeline or lifting the morotorum on drilling in the gulf. What is the unemployment rate for the last 3 years..8.3..that us much higher than what Bush averaged. And your comment that Bush caused the financial mektsown is moronic. Did you ever gear of the community reinvestment act? Well it guarantees loans to borrowers who gad no credit.fannnie an d Freddie passed the loans out. Once banks and investment companies knew the govty was guaranting risky loans then guess what they jumped in. Finally who authorized the reinvestment act? It was bill make fun of my misspelled words from my Froissart because you have ni real comeback

  11. barrywhererufrom - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Under bush unemployment was under 5%. Gas prices average was 1.96. Those are facts. And if you think the president cant help by releasing our strategic reserve. Its supply and demand. obama the moron voted against the southern half ofthe keystone pipeline. Wow supply and demand.. maybe msnbc don’t wanna tell you that information.. can’t wait to hear you jackass remark

  12. barrywhererufrom - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Nworca what planet are you on? 2008 highest gas prices? We

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