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Giants owner donates to controversial Georgia US Senate candidate

GOP Senatorial candidate and former pro football star Herschel Walker.
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GOP Senatorial candidate and former pro football star Herschel Walker.

SFGATE is reporting that Giants owner Charles B. Johnson, a past supporter of conservative politicians, made a donation in September to former pro football star Herschel Walker.

Walker is running for the Republican nomination for the US Senate in Georgia. He has backed claims by former President Donald Trump that there was widespread fraud in last year’s presidential elections. The former football star has posted on Twitter in support of Trump, as well as a number of debunked conspiracy theories.

SFGATE reviewed records from the Federal Election Commission that showed Johnson sent a 5,800 dollar donation— the maximum amount allowed — to Walker’s campaign.

SFGATE also reported that Johnson had not received a refund from GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert,another supporter of Trump’s “Stop The Steal” campaign, after pledging to reject any individuals, candidates or elected officials who,“do not honor our constitution, or who espouse or assist in violence of any kind."

According to the FiveThirtyEight news website, between 2015 and 2020, Johnson was the largest political donor of any team ownerin American professional sports, totaling about 11 million dollars. Also according to ESPN and FiveThirty Eight, Johnson’s donations made nearly a third of all donations to the GOP made by team sports owners from 2016 to 2020.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked has in print, radio, television, and web journalism.