Obama campaign, Democrats raise record $181 million in Sept

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's

campaign and its Democratic allies raised a record $181 million

in September for the president's re-election effort, adding to a

fundraising haul that could prove crucial in the final stretch

of the White House race.

Obama's campaign said via Twitter that 1,825,813 people

donated to the campaign last month. Of that number, 567,000 were

new donors.

A vast majority of the donations - 98 percent - were $250 or

less.