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Racist L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a long-time Democrat

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It is not a popular story among the mainstream media, but Donald Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers who was caught on tape making racist comments, has a history of donating to Democrats and being lauded by liberal groups.

According to National Review, Sterling has donated to a number of Democrats in the past, including former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley and former California Gov. Gray Davis.

It also appears Sterling, who built a successful real estate empire before buying the Clippers, used his millions to buy favor from liberal civic groups, including the NAACP, The group had previously recognized Sterling twice, and was scheduled to do so again, even though he had previously faced racism accusations. In 2009, the Huffington Post even called on the NAACP not to give him an award because of it. Because of his left-leaning politics and checkbook (Sterling reportedly gave the NAACP large donations), the NAACP looked the other way. At least, until now. The group has announced he will not get their 2014 lifetime achievement award at an upcoming event after all.

Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at Click here to receive a weekly email update from To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE link here or at the top of this page.

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