Georgians lay down $2.4 million for Trump’s inauguration

WASHINGTON — Some of Georgia’s top corporations and quite a few private citizens ponied up at least $2.39 million for President Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities in January.

More than two-dozen companies and individuals from the state helped Trump raise $107 million for 20 inaugural events, shattering the fundraising record set by President Barack Obama in 2009, according to new federal filings released this week.

Georgia contributions ranged from the small, including $200 from a Doraville accountant, to half a million dollars each from title-lending magnate Roderick Aycox and his wife Leslie.

Many of the state’s Fortune 500 companies also pitched in, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars for six days of celebrations surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration, which included a free concert at the Lincoln Memorial and three inaugural balls.

UPS gave $250,000 and Coca-Cola earmarked $300,000, while Aflac and Southern Company Services each ponied up $100,000.

Most giant corporations tend to steer clear of partisan politics so they don’t alienate their customers, but inaugurations are typically viewed in a different light. That’s raised the ire of good government activists, who worry about corporate cronyism when big donors with business before Washington get to so openly hobnob with incoming federal officials.

The public picked up the tab for the event’s security and the swearing-in ceremony, as is customary, but Trump’s inaugural team had initially planned to raise $75 million in private dollars for the inaugural parties and galas. It incentivized corporations and wealthy supporters to donate by offering benefits such as a private luncheon with Trump’s top advisers and Cabinet appointees.

“The amount of funds raised for the inaugural celebration allowed the President to give the American people, those both at home and visiting Washington, a chance to experience the incredible moment in our democracy where we witness the peaceful transition of power, a cornerstone of American democracy,” Tom Barrack, the chairman of Trump’s inaugural committee, said in a statement.

Barrack said the group will donate the remaining money to charity, but didn’t say how much was left over.

By comparison, Obama raised $53 million for his then-record-setting inauguration in 2009. He had banned donations from corporations and political action committees at the time, but changed his mind in 2012.

Georgia corporations that donated to Obama’s inaugural in 2012 included Coca-Cola, which contributed $430,000; Southern Co., which chipped in $100,000; and Aflac, which gave $50,000.

Read more here about how Georgia companies approached Trump’s inauguration.

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78 comments
Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Being a democrat is no different then being part of the Manson family. They all have been indoctrinated. Weak minded people.

Joanne Ward Lutes
Joanne Ward Lutes

Well thank goodness someone acted responsibly! It was so sad the way the democrats behaved, I was embarrassed for them. How could they dishonor the part of the population that voted for President Trump? Not attending the inauguration was to me a very insulting, hurtful and harmful demonstration of lack of patriotism or at least civility.

Jose Arturo Mayaudon
Jose Arturo Mayaudon

Yeah, but please tell us how small donations from democrats across the nation to Jon Ossof is elitist!

Tony Bell
Tony Bell

He has not taken a pay check

Luanne Taylor
Luanne Taylor

Rachel Maddow is tracking this money, where is it now?

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

The supreme SCUMBAG benefactor of the Democrat Party is none other than GEORGE SOROS one of the most evil men in the entire world. He has caused more angst in the world than any man living. So claim your own, Demos. CLAIM YOUR OWN AND SHUT UP ABOUT DONALD TRUMP'S SUPPORTERS.

Harry Underwood
Harry Underwood

I'm still waiting on Soros to pay me some money for protesting.

Jon Tsang
Jon Tsang

AJC is a progressive propaganda machine that spewed fake news along with real information. The problem AJC would not identify which is fake and which is real

Herschel Weisberg
Herschel Weisberg

That pales to the hundreds millions given to the Clinton's from Middle Eastern power brokers

Larry-Patsy McCarley
Larry-Patsy McCarley

I'm taking your question seriously. Since I have no answer as to the GOOD he has done ,will you list the the good things to which you refer?

Ralph Johnson
Ralph Johnson

Georgia roads are jacked up you clowns keep on voting for the Deals.

Ralph Johnson
Ralph Johnson

Purdue and Deal has kicked the can down the street no transportation bill

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

You can vote for me in 2020 and make Purdue a 1 term senator.

Carolyn McLemore Payton
Carolyn McLemore Payton

This is ridiculous because he is our president and represents our country and as the American people we should support our country and pray for the success of our country and it's leaders.

13Directors
13Directors

That thinking only applies when and if the president supports us, which he clearly does not. 

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

You really should research YOUR president & his shady history. Patriotism means to stand by the country not the president. Oh yeah, and there's the first amendment right for ALL Americans ! I plan to stand by & respect the orange lunatic just like conservatives did for Obama for 8 years !

Carolyn McLemore Payton
Carolyn McLemore Payton

Our former President Obama also has a very shady past, but while he was president I certainly prayed for him and our country. It doesn't seem wise to hope for failure for the very person that is in control of our future as a country. Although it looks to me that hate is winning over common sense. I think that we are all Americans and that we really all want the same thing for our country. Which is the best we can be. We just have a different direction or way to get to the exact same place. I wish we could all come together for the good of our country. What would you have him to do differently? I truly believe that he loves America and the American people.

Carolyn McLemore Payton
Carolyn McLemore Payton

Well I appreciate that is your opinion, just realize that everyone doesn't feel the same way that you do.

Harry Underwood
Harry Underwood

Carolyn, I would rather that he resign from office post-haste. He doesn't know what he's doing beyond benefitting himself and his rich friends, as well as taking out his grudge against Obama on anyone appointed or anything approved by Obama. He has been a disgrace to the office since inauguration. If he finds it impossible to resign, he could at least drop the ugly, childish grudge against Obama.

Michael Joyce
Michael Joyce

so the title-lender crook and david perdue must be big buddies , ya think ?

Stephen Sorrels
Stephen Sorrels

Thank you for pointing out the companies we should support. Maybe even consider going to the NRA meeting, maybe even join! President Donald Trump will be speaking at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday, April 28th at the NRA Annual Meetings in Atlanta Georgia – the first time a sitting president has spoken to this group of freedom-loving Americans since 1983.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

There was 1.2 million dollars of bribes give for the Dumpster inauguration. The country of Venezuela donated $500,000.00 to the inauguration. Where did the money go? It wasn't spent on the inauguration. Who got the bribe and what was received for the bribes. It looks like the KremlinKlownKar is pay to play. American is for sale to the highest bidder.

Patrick Harry
Patrick Harry

Citgo has thousands of American employees. Should they all quit their jobs bc Citgo is owned by Venezuela? Should all Americans stop going to Citgo gas stations? There are 14,000 of them in the US. Step back from the ledge and stop watching Maddow.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Yes boycott Citgo. Venezuela got it's bribe results by stealing a GM plant.

Roger K. Osborne
Roger K. Osborne

Patrick Harry She is the best and yes I have thought for yrs Citgo should not be in this country ! Maddow educates you and it sounds like you really need her !

Roger K. Osborne
Roger K. Osborne

Larry Walker Too bad Republicans don't shoot blanks and we would not have so many ignorant kids. Ignorant parents equals ignorant kids in most cases !

Patrick Fleeman
Patrick Fleeman

Says another libtards that forgets the millions and millions ole hitlary and obummer took in and spent. HA!! How'd that work out for ya? \U0001f923

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Patrick Patrick Fleeman any credible sources for your lies. And remember Alt-Right, and white supremacists terrorist sites you frequent can not be used. And no using fox fake infotainment. Waiting.

Detarvius Rossum
Detarvius Rossum

Seriously. No trolling. How can someone realistically support Trump?

Mark Hesselgrave
Mark Hesselgrave

Of course some scumbag predatory lender who makes a living ripping off the working poor would give to the Criminal-in-Chief's inauguration.

Mark Hesselgrave
Mark Hesselgrave

Who's the "dumdest" Harvie? \U0001f923\U0001f923\U0001f923\U0001f923 It's amazing you didn't come home in a body bag!

Joe Adams
Joe Adams

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Jake Adams
Jake Adams

Someone needs to eat a Snickers...