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Dunking for dollars

Gazette staff November 30th, 2011

With the delayed NBA season, at least one pro hoops fan is intent on making lemonade out of lemons.

President Barack Obama is raising funds for his re-election campaign by hosting an all-star basketball game that will feature the likes of Oklahoma City Thunder star players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Courtside tickets are fetching as much as $5,000. Evidently, the stalemate between NBA owners and players extends to politics. While KD and Westbrook will join a host of other NBA greats for the Obama fundraiser, Thunder chairman and CEO Clay Bennett has contributed $2,500 apiece to the campaigns of Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics, Huntsman also has received contributions from Thunder co-owners Aubrey McClendon and Jeffrey Records, with McClendon also donating to the Mitt Romney campaign.

No word on Rumble’s leanings.

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