Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan spent $400,000 in the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign to help elect President Donald Trump and other Republicans, and gave Trump $125,000 as recently as September of last year, ten months after the election.
Between the formation of a secretive super PAC called Long Islanders for Truth Inc., his big donations to the Trump campaign and thousands given to 20 state Republican party committees, Dolan spent $860,000 in 2016 and 2017 on Republican causes.
“Mr. Dolan’s contributions are a matter of public record,” Mikyl Cordova, Senior Vice President, Public Relations at MSG told Amplify in an email.
Dolan’s affinity for Trump is well known. Shortly after Trump’s surprise election victory last year, Dolan agreed to have Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes perform at his inauguration. When several dancers objected to the performance and details leaked from a December 2016 meeting in which Dolan seemed to suggest the Rockettes “be tolerant of intolerance,” MSG issued a statement from its chief communications officer, Barry Watkins, calling the leak “deceitful and cowardly.”
Even after the election Dolan continued to donate money to Trump Victory, a political action committee created to raise money for Trump’s reelection campaign in 2020. Dolan gave $125,000 to Trump Victory on Sept. 28 of 2017. Dolan’s mother Helen also made a donation of $62,500 that same day. In 2016, Dolan made a $50,000 donation to Trump on Sept. 1 and followed it up with a $250,000 donation on Sept. 27.
In between those donations, he made a $100,000 contribution to a little-known group called Long Islanders for Truth. Using a UPS store mailbox in Washington D.C., the short-lived group raised $267,000 from just five donors and spent $138,000 on a political action committee dedicated to protecting the Republican’s majority in the House of Representatives. Other donors include Arnold Gumowitz, president of real estate firm AAG Management, Stephen Levy with clothing firm Morsly Inc and attorney Anthony Curto.
Dolan also gave more than $300,000 to Republican state parties in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, as well as the national Republican party.
While most of his support went to Republican causes, Dolan and his wife did support one Democrat in the last election — Long Island congressman Thomas Suozzi, who was the former County Executive of Nassau County where Dolan lives.