Oprah Joins Donors of $82 Million for Obama Victory Fund

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chat with talk show host Oprah Winfrey during a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show in this file photo.

A committee aiding President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democratic organizations in key states raised $82.4 million in September, it said in a filing at the Federal Election Commission today.

Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint fundraising committee, transferred $39.1 million to 10 Democratic committees including Obama’s re-election campaign, which received $28.5 million, and the Democratic National Committee, which got $4 million.

Obama Victory Fund 2012 also transferred $6.6 million to the Democratic Party organizations in eight states: Florida ($1.7 million), Ohio ($1.3 million), Virginia ($1.1 million), Iowa ($880,000), Nevada ($568,000), Colorado ($494,000), North Carolina ($467,000) and Wisconsin ($104,000).

Along with New Hampshire, those are the so-called swing states where Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are spending most of their time and money in the weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

Donors to the pro-Obama joint fundraising committee included Oprah Winfrey, who gave $40,000 on Sept. 17 and previously donated $35,800 in April; Marques Colston ($73,300), a wide receiver for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints; actor Chevy Chase ($14,000); Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo ($10,000); and US Airways Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker ($40,000).

The committee had $45.2 million left in the bank on Sept. 30.

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