Record £73m raised for in­au­gu­ra­tion day

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL - WASHINGTON DC

A RECORD £73 mil­lion has been raised in pri­vate do­na­tions for Don­ald Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.

The amount raised by Mr Trump’s Pres­i­den­tial In­au­gu­ral Com­mit­tee is far more than that col­lected by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s two in­au­gu­ral com­mit­tees.

They raised £45m in 2009 and £35m in 2013, and had some left over on the first oc­ca­sion.

But while Mr Trump has raised more money for his in­au­gu­ra­tion than any pres­i­dent in his­tory, he is aim­ing to do less with it.

Lead in­au­gu­ral plan­ner Tom Bar­rack said this week that the Trump team wants to avoid a “cir­cus­like at­mos­phere” in favour of a more “back to work” mind­set that sur­rounds Mr Trump “with the soft sen­su­al­ity of the place”.

Mr Trump’s com­mit­tee has de­clined to pro­vide de­tails on how it is aim­ing to spend its hefty sum.

Steve Ker­ri­gan, chief ex­ec­u­tive for Mr Obama’s in­au­gu­ral com­mit­tee in 2013 and chief of staff in 2009, said the fundrais­ing haul looks like overkill.

“I can’t imag­ine how they are go­ing to spend that amount of money and why they would even keep rais­ing money,” he said. “We planned the two largest in­au­gu­ra­tions in the his­tory of our coun­try and we never spent any­where near that.”

Mr Trump this week promised a “very, very el­e­gant day” with “mas­sive crowds”.

They will ar­rive to find a party that is not nearly as in­volved as Mr Obama’s.

The Pres­i­dent-elect is hold­ing three in­au­gu­ral balls; Mr Obama had 10.

Mr Trump’s team also hopes to keep its pa­rade to 90 min­utes.

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