Correction: Since the publication of this post it has been learned that Donald Sterling, while having a history of donations to Democrat candidates, is a registered Republican. Here’s more on Sterling’s political background from the Washington Post:
Although Sterling is a registered Republican he has supported Democratic candidates in the past. He gave $5,000 to Gray Davis’ gubernatorial campaign in 2002, and$1,000 in support of a group pushing for Proposition 2 in 2008, which sought to give farm animals larger living quarters. He gave another $1,000 to Davis in 1991, a year when he also gave $1,000 to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy. In 1989, he gave $2,000 to former basketball player and Democratic senator from New Jersey Bill Bradley. If Republicans wanted to go really deep, they could also mention that Sterling attended the wedding of Jeff Greene in 2007, who ran in the 2010 Democratic Senate primaries in Florida — to disastrous result.
Twitchy apologizes for publishing incomplete and incorrect information. The original post remains below.
The media have demonstrated a distinct lack of curiosity as to the limited but telling political donation history of the embattled owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling.
CNN commentator and former Bill Clinton adviser Paul Begala has given the impression that Sterling’s on the political Right after advising Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul not to defend him:
Friendly tip to @seanhannity, @SenRandPaul, @SenTedCruz: don't endorse or defend Donald Sterling. DO NOT do it. http://t.co/fVHKNZVYg2
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) April 26, 2014
Instapundit and others gave Begala a few necessary reminders:
“@PaulBegala: Friendly tip to @seanhannity, @SenRandPaul, @SenTedCruz: don't endorse or defend Donald Sterling. DO NOT do it."
He's a Dem.
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) April 27, 2014
@PaulBegala Check your donor lists, idiot. He's on them. @seanhannity @SenRandPaul @SenTedCruz
— Will Collier (@willcollier) April 27, 2014
@PaulBegala You may want to tell the NAACP to stop giving him Lifetime Achievement awards… considering he's a Democrat.
— Sean The Producer (@SeanTheProducr) April 27, 2014
@PaulBegala demand NAACP take back award and give Democrat Sterling's money back…waiting…waiting. Do it. Just do it! Come on, man.
— J. Robin Casey (@JRCasey222) April 27, 2014
Begala, having been informed about the donation history of the Clippers owner after trying to tie him to the Right, suddenly said he didn’t care about Sterling’s political affiliation:
@instapundit @seanhannity @SenRandPaul @SenTedCruz I don't care if he's a Dem or Repub, I've denounced him. Where were you on Bundy?
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) April 27, 2014
Gee, that was a fast change of direction.
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