New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to say who he was supporting for president Friday.
“One thing I learned, especially since owning the team over the last 23 years, I just put America first, and don’t get involved in politics,” he told CNBC.
Is that true? Well, not really.
According to the Federal Election Commission, Kraft has made monetary contributions to both Republican and Democratic campaigns over the years.
Kraft gave Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid $57,900, which was the most among NFL owners, according to a report from The Big Lead.
That report suggests Kraft has given more money to Democrats than to Republicans since 2008.
Kraft did tell CNBC that the “divide in Washington is really disheartening to me.”
“We got to start working on our strengths and finding way to have better leadership,” he said.
He even suggested the election season may have affected the NFL’s ratings, which have declined this fall. He said any true evaluation of the NFL’s ratings should wait until after Nov. 8.
“I think all of us would agree there are some unique aspects of this election year that exacerbate things,” he said.
Watch segments of his interview below: