Billionaires, companies power inaugural haul
WASHINGTON – Billionaires, corporations and NFL owners opened their wallets in a big way to help President Donald Trump raise a recordshattering US$107 million for his inaugural festivities, records released by the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday show.
After giving $5 million, Las Vegas gaming billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife had prime seats for Trump’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20 and gained access to a private lunch with the new president and lawmakers at the Capitol. Phil Ruffin, another casino mogul and close friend of Trump, gave $1 million.
Trump’s inaugural committee doesn’t have to disclose what it spent the money on or how much was left over.