President-elect Donald Trump likes setting records, and this is one record that his fans are going to love. According to The Associated Press, Trump has raised almost twice the money for his inauguration than any other president in history.
Fox News reports that the previous record was $55 million for Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Trump, meanwhile, has raised $100 million for the 2017 festivities, easily dwarfing Obama’s record.
Many of the larger donations came from corporations like Chevron and Boeing — the latter of which has been a frequent sparring partner with Trump over the cost of the next Air Force One. However, Trump has limited donations to $1 million from corporations, and no lobbyists are permitted to donate.
Even though corporate donors are a part of every inauguration fundraising drive, that didn’t stop every liberal’s favorite purveyor of slanted news, The New York Times, from bitterly complaining about it in a piece titled “Corporations Open the Cash Spigot for Trump’s Inauguration.”
“This is nothing short of selling access to the president, the vice president and the cabinet,” lobbyist Craig Holman of the liberal group Public Citizen complained to The Times. “This is very unfettered, brazen selling of access. It certainly runs counter to any presidential candidate who was talking about ‘draining the swamp.’”
Wait, a lobbyist from a liberal group wants to take a potshot at Donald Trump? Stop the presses. Somehow, I never remember this sort of article being published against Obama’s similar fundraising back in 2009 and 2013.
Donald Trump likes to go big, and this is going to arguably be the biggest day of his life. He certainly knows how to do it in style — as this $100 million haul speaks to.
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