John Elway is a Rocky Mountain legend, and he’s throwing that weight, and cold-hard cash behind it.
From Colorado Politics:
It’s not all about running the Denver Broncos these days for John Elway. No. 7 also has a game plan for politics.
Groups affiliated with Republican Walker Stapleton’s campaign for governor have been the go-to receivers of contributions from the Hall of Famer, according to state and federal databases of political donations.
John Elway lobbed $10,000 to Better Colorado Now, an independent expenditure committee supporting Stapleton, back in August 2017, a month before Republican Stapleton announced his candidacy, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s TRACER database.
The quarterback turned Broncos executive and his wife, Paige, followed that up in February of this year with twin $1,150 hand-offs — the maximum individual contributions allowed — directly to Stapleton for Colorado, the candidate’s campaign, state records show.
And then, in August, Elway went deep to the federal Stapleton Victory Fund, a so-called “joint fundraising committee” that gathers contributions and distributes them among the Stapleton campaign and various Republican entities.
According to Federal Election Commission filings, John and Paige Elway each gave the Stapleton Victory Fund $14,825 in August of this year.
When he wasn’t targeting Stapleton, Elway was looking downfield for Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora, who is facing a tough re-election challenge in the 6th Congressional District from Democrat Jason Crow. The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback donated a combined $2,700 to Coffman for Congress 2018 in two separate donations this spring, FEC records show.
And the Elways have been generous this season toward various arms of the Republican Party. John and Paige Elway each contributed $10,000 to the Colorado Republican Committee on Aug. 28, FEC records show.
Elway’s even taken to the airwaves to encourage voters to oppose initiatives being pushed by radical environmentalists