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John Elway, general manager of the Denver Broncos, has made numerous contributions to Republican candidates for the upcoming midterm elections. He has thrown support for Walter Stapleton, who is running for governor and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora.

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It’s not all about running the Denver Broncos these days for John Elway. No. 7 also has a game plan for politics.

While Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum has been getting picked off like crazy this season — including Thursday night by the Arizona Cardinals — political causes have been intercepting cash from his boss.

The Hall of Famer’s go-to receivers of contributions have been groups backing Republican Walker Stapleton for governor in the Nov. 6 election, state and federal databases show.

Elway lobbed $10,000 to Better Colorado Now, an independent expenditure committee supporting Stapleton, in August 2017, a month before Stapleton announced his candidacy, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

The QB-turned-Broncos executive and his wife, Paige, followed that this February with twin $1,150 hand-offs — the maximum individual contributions allowed — directly to Stapleton’s campaign, state records show.

And this August, Elway went deep to the federal Stapleton Victory Fund, a “joint fundraising committee” that gathers contributions and distributes them to the Stapleton campaign and other Republican entities.

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John and Paige Elway each gave the Stapleton Victory Fund $14,825 this August, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

When not targeting Stapleton, Elway was looking downfield for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, who is getting a tough re-election challenge in the 6th Congressional District from Democrat Jason Crow.

The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback gave $2,700 to Coffman’s campaign in two donations this spring, FEC records show. John and Paige Elway also each contributed $10,000 to the Colorado Republican Committee on Aug. 28, the records show.

Marianne Goodland of Colorado Politics contributed to this story.

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