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President Obama's advocacy arm collects $8.2 million

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Organizing for Action, the non-profit advocacy group promoting President Obama's policies, collected $8.2 million between April and June, the group reported Friday afternoon.

That's up from nearly $4.9 million during the first three months of the year. More than 237,000 people have donated to the organization, which aims to activate Obama's campaign supporters to back his second-term agenda on immigration, health care, gun control and other issues.

Two supporters each gave $500,000 to the group during the second quarter: Fred Eychaner of Chicago-based Newsweb Corp. and David Shaw, a New York-based biotechnology executive.

Other Obama backers also stepped up to support the new group. New York philanthropist Amy Goldman, who contributed $1 million to a pro-Obama super PAC during the 2012 election, donated $250,000 in recent months, according to the group's release.

Another Obama supporter, New York-based architect Jon Stryker, made his first donation to Organizing for Action during the second quarter of the year, giving $100,000.

The group voluntarily discloses information on its overall fundraising and provided the names of roughly 3,700 donors who have given $250 or more, although it is not required to do so as a not-for-profit organization.

A total of 63 people donated at least $5,000 to the group. Their contributions - totaling more than $4.1 million - account for nearly a third of the $13.1 million raised since the start of the year.

OFA said its average contribution so far this year was $55.16.

Of the donations disclosed by the group, residents of New York were the most generous, giving nearly $1.5 million.

USA TODAY

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