No. 22 Can Also Hand Off Some Political Cash

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:

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.

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