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Obama claims 1.1 million donors in August

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CHICAGO -- President Obama's campaign, known for its grass-root fund-raising in the 2008 campaign, is again claiming to have the support of more ordinary people who donate in smaller gifts as the money race grows heated in the weeks leading to the Nov. election.

The Obama campaign said 317,000 of the more than 1 million donors who contributed in August were new donors.

"The key to fighting back against the special interests writing limitless checks to support Mitt Romney is growing our donor base, and we did substantially in the month of August," Campaign Manager Jim Messina said in a statement. "Fueled by contributions from more than 1.1 million Americans donating an average of $58 -- more than 317,000 who had never contributed to the campaign before -- we raised a total of more than $114 million. That is a critical downpayment on the organization we are building across the country -- the largest grassroots campaign in history."

For his part, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to attend a fund-raiser in Lake Forest Monday.

Here's how the Obama campaign laid out the "full metrics" late Sunday.

Over $114m raised between OFA and DNC
More than 1.1 M donors in the month of August
Cycle to date donors more than 3.1 M
More than 317,000 new donors in the month of August
Avg donation for the month of August $58
98% donations $250 or less in the month of August

In Chicago, we root for the Bears and Bulls. Fight over the Cubs and Sox. Hang our pride on an Original Six hockey team, support the Fire, Sky and myriad other pro and college teams.

But for many, the only real full-contact sport in Chicago is politics.

It's fitting, then, that New York public radio station WNYC has done the digging to find out which sports team owners are donating the most to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and other political campaigns and organizations.

As for Chicago owners? Much like playoff dynasties for the home teams, the pickings are slim. Only William "Rocky" Wirtz of the Chicago Blackhawks, and a partial investor in the Chicago Sun-Times, donated to a presidential campaign - $1,000 to Tim Pawlenty according to records.

Times were tough for the Romney home team according to the WNYC post. The former Massachusetts governor and senate candidate, was not only snubbed by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, who gave $17,900 to the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee, he also got no rooting from Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca. Pagliuca, who also happens to be a managing partner at Bain Capital, gave more than $66,000 to Democrats.