Miami Heat Put Money in Play for Obama

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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat controls the ball against Kyle Lowry #3 of the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 23, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

The NBA champion Miami Heat will visit the White House on Jan. 28 to be feted by basketball-fan-in-chief President Barack Obama, according to a White House statement.

The president and some of the Heat players are kindred political spirits.

LeBron James, a three-time most valuable player, donated $20,000 to a Democratic fund that helped elect Obama in 2008, according to Federal Election Commission campaign finance records. James then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, before he took his talents to South Beach.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have made donations aiding Florida Democrats.

Rashard Lewis gave $10,000 to a pro-Obama fund in 2008, when he was playing for the Orlando Magic. Lewis played last year for the Washington Wizards.

Shane Battier can boast of donating to the president back in 2004, when Obama was elected to the Senate from Illinois.

Heat president Pat Riley, a former championship head coach, backed Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Bloomberg reported. Riley donated $50,000 to a pro-Romney committee last October.

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