Alex G. Spanos, Stockton, CA
$119,200 to winners, $3,862,721 to losers
Alex Spanos is a real estate developer and owner of the San Diego Chargers. He has supported Republican causes and candidates, contributing to the California Republican Party and donating $5 million in 2004 to Progress for America, a committee that supported George W. Bush's presidential campaign. Spanos was a close friend of entertainer Bob Hope and donated $500,000 to renovate Stockton's historic Fox Theatre, which was then renamed in Hope's honor. Spanos is of Greek descent and has contributed to Greek cultural causes, the arts and education. He was born in Stockton, where he still resides. He and his wife, Faye, have four children.
Total contributions: $8,979,476
List of contributions
Source: Contribution data from National Institute on Money in State Politics
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