Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump’s supporters in Pennsylvan­ia gave $1.8M toward his inaugurati­on

- By Laura Olson

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvan­ians and companies based in the state gave nearly $1.8 million to pay for President Donald Trump’s inaugurati­on, with the donations largely coming from those affiliated with the energy industry.

The state-based contributi­ons, documented in a disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission this week, reflect broader national trends among the $107 million that Mr. Trump raised, which was twice as much as other inaugurati­ons.

The amount allowed organizers to give attendees “a chance to experience the incredible moment in our democracy where we witness the peaceful transition of power,” said Tom Barrack, leader of the inaugural committee.

An array of large corporatio­ns chipped in for the inaugurati­on festivitie­s, including Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Google and Philadelph­ia-based Comcast Corp. At least $10 million nationally came from coal, oil and gas companies and their executives, according to The New York Times.

The largest donor from Pennsylvan­ia was Clifford Forrest, president of Armstrong County-based Rosebud Mining Co., who contribute­d $1 million.

Consol Energy, a coal and natural gas production company based in Washington County, gave $150,000. Thousands more came from other Western Pennsylvan­ia companies tied to the energy sector.

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