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.
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.