The great Dave Levinthal decamped from the City Hall beat in the spring of '09 for the Center for Responsive Politics, where we find this item of some local interest: Emmitt Smith, freshly minted Pro Football Hall of Famer, is also a generous federal-campaign contributor -- the only one among his Canton classmates, matter of fact, reports Dave:
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In all, Smith and his wife have contributed $16,750 to federal-level politicos and committees, with Barack Obama ($8,150) leading the way, the Center finds. Separately, Smith gave $25,000 to Obama's inauguration committee.
The Smiths have also donated $6,000 to former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and last year, they rushed $2,400 the way of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who's locked in a competitive race with Republican and Tea Party maven Sharron Angle. The Democratic National Committee also received $200 in Smith money during the 2008 election cycle.