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NBA Influence? Obama's a Fan But Romney Gets More Money

August 22, 2012
The first lady describes her husband as a basketball fanatic -- but when it comes to political donations, NBA officials might not return the favor.

Among NBA coaches, management and players who have donated to one of the presidential campaigns, Mitt Romney has raised more than $3,000 more than President Barack Obama, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics compiled on HoopsHype.com.

The fundraising information comes just as Obama heads into a New York City fundraiser with NBA legends, including Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. The event at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers cost $250 for an autograph session with the players, including WNBA great Sheryl Swoopes; and $1,000 for a "shoot-around skills session" for guests of major donors.

Most of the donations come from coaches and management, with only three players contributing to the campaigns. Vince Carter of the Dallas Mavericks, Grant Hill of the Los Angeles Clippers and free agent Baron Davis all donated $5,000 to Obama. The Boston Celtics were the most politically active team, with three donations to Romney and two to Obama. 

Even though Romney raised more money than Obama, the president had 23 donors to Romney's 16. 
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