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Add New York Jets owner Woody Johnson to the growing list of major Republican donors backing Donald Trump, according to a report.
Previously serving as finance chairman for Jeb Bush’s presidential bid, Johnson plans to raise money for Trump and the Republican National Committee through a joint fundraising committee, an anonymous source told Bloomberg.
The NFL team owner, who met with Trump on Monday, will be working on getting other donors to support the presumptive Republican nominee, the source said.
The support of the football franchise owner would potentially help Trump with the GOP establishment as Johnson boasts a broad network of wealthy donors, according to Bloomberg.
Friends with Trump for years, Johnson has repeatedly supported traditional GOP candidates in past elections, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, and President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns.
Johnson’s fundraiser for Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid in 2008 brought in $7 million in one night. And the Jets owner contributed $500,000 to Right to Rise, the super-PAC that supported Jeb Bush.
Johnson’s support and ability to lean on other donors may be a key in Trump reaching the $1 billion he said he needed for the general election, Bloomberg reported.
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