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Atlanta Falcons owner solicits money for Obama

By SHANNON McCAFFREY - Associated Press Writer

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is among the prominent Georgia business leaders who've signed on to a new letter soliciting donations for Democrat Barack Obama.

Former Sen. Sam Nunn, an Obama foreign policy adviser, is spearheading the Peach State fundraising drive as the presidential race nears the homestretch.

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Among those signing on are prominent Atlanta developer Tom Cousins, CNN founder Ted Turner and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

They're hitting up Georgians with deep pockets.

The letter asks for contributions of between $5,000 to $30,000 to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The Obama campaign may accept up to $2,300 and the remainder is funneled into DNC coffers. They plan to deliver the money to the Obama campaign by Oct. 24. It was unclear how many people received the letter.

"Assuming that you have survived our recent financial earthquakes, we hope that you will join us in providing important financial assistance to Senator Obama's campaign," the letter said.

Georgia has been a reliable ATM for Obama. He's raised $4.8 million in the state, compared to Republican John McCain's $3.3 million.

Blank has donated to Republicans and Democrats. Last year, he contributed to Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Mitt Romney. Both lost their primary bids for president.

Also signing on to Nunn's letter are: retired Coca Cola executive Carl Ware, venture capitalist John Imlay, construction executive Herman Russell and Gordon Giffin, former U.S. ambassador to Canada.

The McCain campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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crying.jpgSay it ain't so Arthur

I still like your team, but you suck

earth to republicans. not all rich people are against obamas proposed tax increases. matter of fact, a great deal of them dont mind it at all. bush's policies arent helping them at all. btw im against ANY tax increase on ANY tax bracket until the government can prove that it is qualified to spend what they already take in.

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Go ahead and let the people have what they want. I can't wait to hear what they say when the messiah gets elected and nothing gets any better. they are all politicians with agendas and they will say whatever you want to hear so they will get elected. Obama and McCain are no different. We just have a new generation of suckers.

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