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I don't see a diary about this under the Donald Sterling tag, so I'm going to do a quick one. Turns out Donald Sterling, whom the right-wing echo chamber has been falsely claiming to be a Democratic fundraiser, Democratic bundler, and major Democratic contributor -- isn't a Democrat at all. He's been a registered Republican since 1998.

There's a good Daily Beast article (Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism) which I'd read earlier today (it turned up two political contributions I hadn't known about when I wrote a diary about Sterling yesterday). I went back there a few moments ago to check some facts and discovered they'd updated it with the news about Sterling's actual party registration.  

Here's the part about Sterling's party affiliation:

Update: Now comes the utterly shocking news that despite his campaign donations to the contrary, Sterling is—sit down—a registered Republican. The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik tweeted as much this morning, and I confirmed through a source that a Donald T. Sterling who lives in Beverly Hills and was born on April 26, 1934 is indeed a registered Republican voter in L.A. County. Now it's true, he makes no campaign contributions, so he's obviously not a gung-ho big-P Political Republican. But still, there goes your racist Democrat. Sorry, Daily Caller!
But I recommend clicking the link and reading the rest of the article. (Sorry, no time at the moment to post some excerpts myself.)

EDITED TO ADD: Aha! Mother Jones has a piece up on this too. I'm going to take a few moments more and add that in, below the orange squiggle...

Mother Jones:

Does it really matter whether racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a registered Democrat? Or a Republican? Or a member of the Pirate Party of Russia?

Well, according to multiple conservative media outlets, yes, it does matter. On Sunday, National Review ran a blog post originally titled, "Racist Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Is a Democrat." ...

Not that Sterling's broader political views or party affiliation have much to do with the controversy over his insanely racist comments, but here's a news flash for those conservatives eager to bring up the topic: He's a Republican.

On Sunday, Michael Hiltzik, a Los Angeles Times columnist, tweeted that local voter records show Sterling to be a registered Republican "since 1998." We followed up on that, and a search of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's website for Sterling's name, date of birth, and address confirmed that he's registered as a Republican.

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  •  Of course he is republican. Most racists just (5+ / 0-)

    Happen to be republican.

  •  Thanks, Nova Land. nt (6+ / 0-)

    "Southern nights, have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint Remember the Gulf of Mexico.

    by rubyr on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 12:58:02 PM PDT

  •  Can we also confirm this through (2+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land, dougymi

    his political donations?

    "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

    by raptavio on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 01:01:23 PM PDT

    •  unfortunately no... (1+ / 0-)
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      peacestpete

      He hasn't given much at all in the last 20 years. Gray Davis and Bill Bradley were the beneficiaries the last time he gave so you get an idea of the era. Those donations were the sole basis of the wingnuts' contention that he was a Democrat.  I suspect his support of Bradley to be more because he was a pro basketball player rather than his party affiliation.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 01:13:41 PM PDT

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      •  Kinda makes it a tough row to hoe (1+ / 0-)
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        in the rhetoric world though.

        Registered as a Republican, donated to Democrats only. Hm.

        "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

        by raptavio on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 02:00:35 PM PDT

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        •  over twenty years ago he donated to democrats (2+ / 0-)
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          but he's registered as a Repub  since then.

          What do the Defend-NSAers-at-any-cost hope for society to gain from Snowden turning himself in and standing trial? I suspect it'll be a cold day in hell before any of them finally give a reasonable, coherent answer to that question.

          by happymisanthropy on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 02:46:40 PM PDT

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        •  no, it's a pretty easy row to hoe (2+ / 0-)
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          The row isn't "Ha, ha, another racist turns out to be a Republican!"

          The row is: a number of right-wing sites and commenters were falsely claiming that Donald Sterling is a major figure in Democratic Party circles. They claimed he's a fundraiser, a bundler, and a major donor. Turns out he's never been a party fundraiser, he's never been a party hotshot, he's made only a handful or donations over the past 25 years, there's no evidence he's ever actively supported any Democratic Party candidate for president, and he's not even a member of the Democratic party.

    •  no -- Sterling made sporadic donations to (6+ / 0-)

      a handful of Democrats (and to one agricultural ballot initiative) but none to Republicans.

      Here's a link to InfluenceExplorer listing all his donations (federal via OpenSecrets, state via FollowTheMoney).

      He donated to Bill Bradley twice (on the same day, for the same amount) in 1989. That's likely from the basketball connection.

      He donated twice to Gray Davis (in 1991 and 2002). That's likely because as a California sports team owner it helped to have friends high in California politics.

      And he donated to Patrick Leahy in 1991. My guess is that's connected to Leahy being chair of Senate agriculture committee.

      Sorry not time for longer reply -- I'd meant to turn computer off but saw your question just a moment before I did and thought would stay on to answer. Now I really am turning the machine off and getting back to work.

      •  Donations ≠ Politics (4+ / 0-)

        Donald Trump has contributed to Democrats, as well.

        "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

        by djbender on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 01:34:14 PM PDT

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        •  yes, that's what I intended to say (2+ / 0-)
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          but I was pressed for time in my reply to raptavio, wrote too quickly, and didn't make that clear.

          My diary yesterday was primarily devoted to examining the false echo-chamber claims that Sterling is a Democratic bundler, fundraiser, and major contributor. He isn't. He did make a handful of donations to Democrats, but most of those were more than 20 years ago. There is no record of him contributing to the Democratic Party itself -- to campaigns to win the senate or the house, for instance. There is no record of him donating to a Democratic presidential campaign. So his donations give very little indication of his politics when he made them (primarily 1989 to 1991) and even less indication what his politics are now.

          I left it open that he might be a registered Democrat, but noted that there was as yet no evidence of that (and that the Conservative Treehouse item which many in the echo-chamber were basing their echoes on didn't actually claim that). But the Mother Jones piece makes it clear that not only is Sterling not the major Democratic Party figure which right-wing sites and commenters were trying to paint him to be -- he's not a Democrat at all.

  •  This shouldn't be newsworthy at all (5+ / 0-)

    However, the right-wing media is trying to paint Democrats as racist because Donald Sterling donated to a few Democrats decades ago.

    To lump people like me in the same category as Donald Sterling is absurd.

  •  registered republican end of story (2+ / 0-)
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    •  not really (2+ / 0-)
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      A person I worked for some years back enjoyed arguing politics and we'd frequently have discussions about various issues and candidates. He supported Reagan in 1980 and 1984, supported Bush in 1988 and 1992, and supported Dole in 1996. He even had good things to say about Dan Quayle.

      Did I mention he was a registered Democrat?

      Party registration is not the end of the story. There's no evidence that Donald Sterling was an active supporter of Democratic Party candidates or policies. There's also no evidence that Donald Sterling was an active supporter of Republican Party candidates or policies.

      What we do know is that there's a tape on which Donald Sterling says many blatantly racist things, and that he has a history of racist attitudes and policies. That's what's important to keep in mind. There may be more to the story yet to come -- but that's the heart of the story.

  •  Not his real name either (0+ / 0-)

    His last name Tokowitz by birth. Changed to avoid discrimination? It was just a few decades ago that a friend of mine became a financial advisor. A couple of years later 'Cohen' was changed to 'Collier'.

    You would think, wouldn't you, that someone who takes advantage of the chance to change a name to make life better for themselves would see that our black citizens can't change their skin color.

    How can this Sterling guy think he is smart to do what he did and not see that there is no legal method to make oneself white and they are proud of who they are. And so give them a break! It's been enough oppression already!

  •  Who cares what his registration is! He's a fuckin (0+ / 0-)

    racist and a "proud Jew" which makes his bile even more despicable.
    After the war when the real horrors of the holocaust were revealed, I was shocked that some of my relatives continued to rant against black people (Negroes in those days, but that's not what they were called in my sad family) in ways I pointed out were no different from what had happened to OUR relatives left in Europe.  I was, of course, dismissed out of hand, which is one of the reasons I divorced them long ago.
    "How can anyone who has been a victim of such horrors turn around and spew it against another," I wondered.
    And then, there's Mr. Tokowitz, who has had the largest fines ever, assessed against him for discrimination against minorities in the buildings he owns.
    Put this sonofabitch in the popcorn machine and out of mind.

    You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

    by sajiocity on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 06:20:12 PM PDT

    •  I care what his registration ->isn't<- (0+ / 0-)

      ... and so should others who dislike lying (which is what the right-wing echo chamber has been doing).

      Several days ago The Conservative Treehouse did a piece on the Donald Sterling situation -- "Stupid Democrats Are Being Set Up – Democrat Donor/Bundler Being Accused Of Racism… There’s More To This Story…" -- in which they alleged Sterling was

      "a Democrat Fundraiser , and a democrat supporter/donor."
      The story quickly spread around the right-wing echo-chamber. Even semi-respectable sites such as National Review Online were spreading it. A number of enthusiastic echoers were so excited by the story they tried to put it into virtually everything they said. Rumor has it some of them were even using it as a pick-up line in bars.

      In the politics section of a site I participate in when time permits, one poster who'd been snookered by the scam began using variations of it in multiple posts:

         ... Sterling is a white racist Democrat fundraiser and supporte[r] ...
      ... Sterling is a rich Democratic fundraise[r], donor and supporter scheduled to get a life time achievement award from the NAACP ...
      ... Sterling is a rich white Dem racist.
      I did a little research and it was pretty clear that Sterling was not a Democratic fundraiser (no record or news story of him every organizing any fundraising events for Democrats), was not a Democratic supporter (no record or news story of him speaking publicly to endorse Democrats or Democratic policies), and was not a significant Democratic donor. I diaried about that here yesterday.

      That still left open the question of whether Sterling was registered as a Democrat or not. (I noticed that, although many of the echoers were loudly proclaiming that, the Conservative Treehouse article they were echoing from did not actually say that.)

      And now we know. We know that Sterling is not a registered Democrat. We know that virtually every part of what the right-wing echo chamber was saying (apart from Sterling being rich, being a racist, and having been slated to receive an award from the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP) was a lie. I think that's worth knowing and worth pointing out.

      •  Just because the facts are on our side (0+ / 0-)

        doesn't mean anyone on the right will even acknowledge them, since they never do.  Those pesky things always get in he way of ideology - just like the science deniers.
        They'll claim a) his registration was changed (about the same time Obama falsified his birth certificate) b) point to the two democrats he DID give money to (one of whom was recalled in favor of our second favorite Austrian) or c) all of the above. But in the end, he's still a Jew who, even to a secular humanist, denies the very essence of a people whose by word is "tsedaka" (charity - just like the essence of that other Jew those nutbags are always on about)
        He fails foremost as a human being.

        You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

        by sajiocity on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:08:21 PM PDT

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