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Big Bird's Creator A Big Obama Backer

Joan Ganz Cooney has given more than $200,000 to Obama, the Super PAC backing him, the DNC and the DCCC in the past two years. The Big Bird and Obama love appears to be a mutual thing.

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The woman who founded the Children’s Television Workshop, which created Sesame Street, is a maxed-out contributor to the Obama campaign and a significant donor to the Obama-backing Priorities USA Super PAC, campaign finance records show.

Joan Ganz Cooney contributed the the maximum $35,800 to the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee, plus an additional $30,400 that could be distributed by the "Obama Victory Fund" to state parties. She then gave $50,000 to the Priorities USA Super PAC that is backing Obama's re-election.

Additionally, records show that Cooney gave $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corporation in 2011 and 2012 and $30,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2011.

With the Obama campaign in overdrive protecting Big Bird from attack from the Romney campaign — see today's ad — there's at least one donor who is certainly happy to see the quick-footed reaction from Chicago.

Records show that she also had maxed out to Obama in his first campaign — after initially backing both Sen. Chris Dodd and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's runs.

Michael Petrelis first noted some of Cooney's contributions earlier today.

Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.

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