Cowboys owner and Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones, known for his outspoken nature and immense wealth, has recently come under scrutiny due to his close relationship with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Cowboys Owner and Dallas Billionaire Jerry Jones
While the attention on Thomas has primarily focused on real estate magnate Harlan Crow, Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones’ involvement in conservative politics and his financial support for the Republican Party cannot be ignored.
Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones, whose net worth is estimated at almost $14 billion, has consistently directed his campaign donations toward Texas Republicans, a published news article reported. In the lead-up to the last fall’s elections, he made substantial contributions totaling $900,000 to support the reelection of Texas’ top three officials.
Governor Greg Abbott received $525,000, while Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton each received $200,000.
These donations, when combined with contributions made by Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones, his wife, and their children since he purchased the Cowboys in 1989, amount to approximately $4 million, according to state and federal election reports.
However, Jones falls short of being considered a mega-donor compared to other influential figures in the political arena. Despite his significant financial resources, the Cowboys’ owner has not been extensively involved in presidential races.
Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones supported Senator John McCain with the maximum allowable donation of $2,300 during the 2008 primaries and general election.
Dallas Billionaire Jerry Jones Donations
In 2012, Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones backed the Republican nominee Mitt Romney with a contribution of $2,500. Notably, there is no evidence of Jones donating to former President Donald Trump’s campaigns.
In previous years, he has contributed to other Republican candidates such as Asa Hutchinson and Chris Christie, as well as a few Democrats including Representative Colin Allred.
Interestingly, Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones has not made donations to Texas’ current senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. However, his son Stephen Jones, an executive in the Cowboys organization has given $10,000 to Cornyn.
Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones has instead directed his contributions towards various U.S. House members from North Texas, including Democrat Colin Allred, whom he supported with a $5,000 donation in late 2018. It’s worth noting that Allred is now seeking to challenge Senator Cruz in the upcoming election.
Although Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones has occasionally supported Democratic candidates, his contributions to Republicans far outweigh his donations to Democrats. For example, in 2018, Jones gave a substantial $115,000 to Governor Abbott’s reelection campaign, compared to the smaller contribution he made when Abbott initially assumed office four years earlier.
Furthermore, he has contributed significantly to HillCo PAC, a political action committee connected to a lobbying firm in Austin that works on behalf of the Cowboys. Since 2002, Jones and his family have donated $1.8 million to this PAC.
Despite his involvement in Texas politics, Dallas billionaire Jerry Jones has not limited his contributions to the state alone. He and his wife, Gene, each donated $2,900 to former Cowboys running back Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign in Georgia, along with their son Stephen.
They also gave $12,900 to the Georgia Victory PAC and $10,000 to the Georgia Republican Party. Unfortunately for Walker, he ultimately lost in a runoff election.