Bob McNair, the owner of the Texans, Houston's NFL team, has his eyes set on an upcoming contest in a state that doesn't even have a professional gridiron franchise.
McNair, a staunch Republican, has donated $500,000 to the super PAC Alaska's Energy, America's Values to use on ads attacking Democratic Senator Mark Begich, who is in a tight battle with GOP challenger Dan Sullivan.
“It’s kind of a little mission to try and turn out as many people for Sullivan down there as possible, through our efforts,” Art Hackney, the political activist who runs the super PAC, told the Anchorage Dispatch News.
In 1999, McNair made millions after selling a Cogen Technologies, a power plant operator, to Enron. That same year, the NFL awarded McNair the franchise rights to the Texans. Forbes puts McNair's net worth at $2.4 billion, and he has donated to GOP candidates such as South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Most polls show the Alaska Senate race as a toss up, with the potential to sway the balance of power in the Senate.