CCU's Moglia donated over $120K to politicians, groups since '98

CCU's Moglia donated over $120K to politicians, groups since '98

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – It's not hard to find someone with an opinion on the presidential race, and this year the worlds of sports and politics are colliding.

A CBS Sports report shows dozens of sports figures around the country have contributed money to either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to Election Day.

The report lists some big names, with University of South Carolina graduate and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair leading the way.

It says he has donated more than $250,000 to the Trump campaign.

Contributors to Hillary Clinton include ex-Chicago Cubs player Sammy Sosa, baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and former Gamecock coach Lou Holtz.

The list got WMBF News wondering about prominent coaches in South Carolina. In a WMBF News investigation, a few of them were looked up.

There are no records for Steve Spurrier or Will Muschamp on either state or federal contribution lists.

Dabo Swinney doesn't pop up either, despite searching his real name William Christopher Swinney.

Closer to home, Coastal Carolina University basketball coach Cliff Ellis did come up a couple of times.

He gave former President George W. Bush $2,000 back in 2003, which is when Ellis was the coach at Auburn.

More recently, Ellis and his wife gave Vida Miller $300 in a run for the state House of Representatives.

For local coaches, no one WMBF News searched gave more money to politicians or political groups than Joe Moglia, CCU's football coach.

In all, Moglia has made 55 donations since 1998, which added up to approximately $120,400.

Three donations show up on the South Carolina Ethics Commission website.

Two were in 2014 in the amount of $1,000 each to Michael Ryhal and Jeffrey Garland in state House races. The third went to Yancey McGill earlier this year for his 2018 run for governor.

Moglia has also supported presidential runs for Bill Bradley, George W. Bush, Rudy Guiliani, John McCain, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

The most money over the years has gone to the Nebraska Republican Party in the amount of $13,500.

However, Moglia has also donated to Democrats like Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer, and to the Democratic National Convention and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

WMBF News reached out to CCU's athletic department to get a statement from the coach on how he picks and chooses who he supports.

School officials, however, said his focus on Friday was on getting ready for his team's Saturday game against Presbyterian.

For a complete list of donations, see below:

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