The NBA is planning a Tuesday news conference to discuss the investigation into embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is alleged to have made racist comments in a taped conversation. (AP)

Of all the responses to racist-du-jour Donald Sterling, the bleating from the right that the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner is a “Democratic donor” is the most ridiculous. Why they are doing it is obvious. It’s a desperate attempt to draw attention away from fallen far-right heartthrob Cliven “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro” Bundy. But let me explain just how ridiculous the far-right’s Sterling maneuver is.

Yes, Sterling gave money to Democrats., absolutely the place to go when you want to follow the money in politics, shows that the “Slumlord Billionaire” has donated a paltry $4,000 to Democrats between 1989 and 1991. Zilch to anyone since then.


The first political donation Sterling gave was in 1989 to then-U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), a former basketball player. His last political donation appears to be to Gray Davis, who was California’s state controller when the donation was made in 1991.

So all it takes is $4,000 to be branded some big-time Democratic donor? By that logic then I’m a big-time Republican. See, I voted to reelect Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1997. And then I apparently bolstered my GOP bona fides when I worked on Michael Bloomberg’s first campaign for New York City mayor when he ran and won as a Republican in 2001.

Wondering the political affiliation of the racists among us is an understandable, but a useless exercise. As Asawin Suebsaeng and Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones correctly note, Sterling’s “broader political views or party affiliation [haven’t] much to do with the controversy over his insanely racist comments.” But just in case you were wondering, the reporters unearthed the basketball team owners political party registration. Sterling is a Republican.

What will the far-right bleaters have to say now? My hunch? Nothing.

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Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.