Some Georgia companies are pouring cash into Trump inaugural

A UPS driver delivers packages. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

A UPS driver delivers packages. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

Sandy Springs-based UPS made a splash over the summer when it decided not to sponsor the Republican National Convention as it did in 2012. But with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration nearing, the shipping giant is planning to help fund the festivities.

The firm is among a growing list of Georgia’s biggest businesses that plan to help fund the activities surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration after Trump cleared the way for corporations to make large donations for the event. Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Southern Co. are among the Georgia-based Fortune 500 firms ponying up for the inauguration or one of the many galas or other events revolving around Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

Trump’s inaugural committee aims to raise as much as $75 million for a slate of events from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21, in part by leaning on giant corporations. Details won’t be made public until after the event, but that would set Trump on the path to exceed the record $53 million raised for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

Corporate powers tend to steer clear of partisan politics, lest they alienate wide segments of their potential customer base. But inaugurations give them a unique chance to hobnob with influential politicians while highlighting their work.

More: Read about the powerful Georgia companies donating to Trump’s inauguration

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Brian Holland
Brian Holland

My grandpa used to say if the media keeps repeating itself nothing's happened in the news. Seems tone the case this weekend.

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

They want to take our country back just like real Americans f you liberals

Hunter Seth
Hunter Seth

Well they can do whatever they want but i wont use there products or Ups again.

Diana McGowan Pate
Diana McGowan Pate

Go back and look up who funded these events in 2008.... Probably the SAME folks... NOTHING New.

Nathan Lehmann
Nathan Lehmann

So what....it's a party! Just have a good time and enjoy the next four years, it's not going to change now.

Tillie Vilsaint
Tillie Vilsaint

So you decide to spread hate, is that your position?

Ben Emery
Ben Emery

You mean he's using private donations instead of wasting taxpayer money? Shame on him!

Karl M Anderson
Karl M Anderson

It's Georgia, how is this news? It's common knowledge Georgians love trump. It's one of his strongest states if not the strongest.

Tillie Vilsaint
Tillie Vilsaint

I think they were trying to bait for people to disfavor those companies as the purpose of republish this article. Republican GA love Lewis and Trump. Lewis spoke first and everyone should know Trump by now, nothing new.

James Lewis Cole
James Lewis Cole

Hmmm, isn't it ironic that Trump and several of his cronies all support weakening the USPS and lo and behold, here comes UPS on the Trump bandwagon. Whatever could be in it for them?

Karl M Anderson
Karl M Anderson

Didn't even think of that, geesh if you really take time to start thinking and linking everything together .... wow

Henry Ruff
Henry Ruff

Couldn't be that the USPS is losing millions every year....

James Lewis Cole
James Lewis Cole

Much like social security is not broke. The federal government just hasn't paid back what it has borrowed.

James Lewis Cole
James Lewis Cole

Jared Kushner, do you know that name? Do you know the role he now has?

James Lewis Cole
James Lewis Cole

The USPS is where the right wing put it. Right alongside the ethics committee tried to axe. You fine henchmen of the human dumpster fire can go take a long walk off the edge of a flat Earth.

Sandra Schwarz Aiken
Sandra Schwarz Aiken

USPS has been under the microscope for years. Don't try to play the blame game now.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Smart companies, totally unlike the bitter sore loser democrats. #maga

Richard Howell
Richard Howell

Sad to raise millions, but nothing for our homeless vet's...

Kathy Mims
Kathy Mims

Ok, Make America Great again people. What do you mean by that saying? How would a Great America look like to you?

Amos Manley Jr
Amos Manley Jr

That's fine....it's not my money..... I pay for service and that is all I expect from them

John Kennedy
John Kennedy

Thank you too all that make America Great again.

Erin Sandlin
Erin Sandlin

That's okay. They can corporately sponsor whatever cause they choose. I don't support most of these companies in my daily life habits, so I have no issue with continuing not to consume their products or using their competitors.

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Trump will be a great president after the failed Obama

Sherri Deloach
Sherri Deloach

You've lost the election and just haven't realized it yet. I give him half a year before the Republicans are trying to impeach him

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Sherri Deloach he runs 565 worldwide businesses going no where

Wayne Burgess
Wayne Burgess

Dont tell Lewis he will say UPS is not a real company..

Sheron Hilliker Edge
Sheron Hilliker Edge

Lol! They are an illegitimate company. Sent here by the Russians! \U0001f644 What are we going to do with all of these crazy people? What a burden today's liberals are.

Debbie Grant Willis
Debbie Grant Willis

I'll continue to support UPS, Southern Company, Delta, Coca-cola bc they support our country. Thank you to these companies for showing your support.

Matt Peacock
Matt Peacock

Soco has an office in D.C. They're cya or lobbying.

David Butler
David Butler

Go Georgia!! MAGA Just glad it's not taxpayer $$. SO....maybe this new President doesn't see taxpayer money as their personal slush fund for vacations and such? What a revelation!

Dolores Jones
Dolores Jones

No. He sees the office of the Presidency as a money making machine for him, his family and his billionaire cronies.

David Butler
David Butler

Haha...he doesn't need the money. He can make ALOT more in real estate than in public office!!! His rolodex (yes, I'm that old) is full of great contacts....he doesn't need lobbyist. Now, Clinton's on the other hand......haha

James Lewis Cole
James Lewis Cole

You want to make Make America Great Again, but are still rooting for a county that got it's butt whipped by America. Go figure. Walking talking example of cognitive dissonance.

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

So when are they going to distance themselves from Trump's comments about John Lewis and the 5th district of Georgia?

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

Roberta Cromlish There was nothing disrespectful about what Lewis said. He has that right. He didn't lie and slander like Trump did.

Roberta Cromlish
Roberta Cromlish

Or distance themselves from John Lewiss disrespectful statements about the Pres-elect.?

Larry Walker
Larry Walker

Saying Trump is not a legitimate president is slandering. Can't have it both ways. Guess you think Trump has no rights.

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

Larry Walker Oh, how about going and taking your white boy privilege and cry me a river....Okay?

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

Larry Walker What I think is that if you think Trump is such a "legitimate" president then he ought to start behaving like one. What he said about Lewis and the 5th district was a LIE, racist, despicable and deplorable.

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

Larry Walker What I think is that it's unbelievable that he said what he did about Lewis and has NOTHING but good to say about a murderous war criminal named Putin.

Sheron Hilliker Edge
Sheron Hilliker Edge

Amen Larry! Ignore the liberals with their brainwashed gibberish. Not worth wasting time on lost causes. They have this sick notion that their democrats can say whatever trash they want, and he isn't supposed to respond. I agree with what Trump said about that old racist buzzard John Lewis. He needs to retire. \U0001f644

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

I'm not tolerant anymore Greg. Make no mistake about that.

Nancie Turner
Nancie Turner

Greg Voigt No I'm not. Intellectually lazy people like you are the reason Trump was elected by the electoral college.