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Washington - $1 Million Donations Wanted For Obama Inauguration

Published on: January 8, 2013 04:48 PM
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Construction workers build the inaugural platform, that will hold 1600 people, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA 11 December 2012. Construction began in September and is the largest platform ever built for an inauguration. EPA/SHAWN THEWConstruction workers build the inaugural platform, that will hold 1600 people, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA 11 December 2012. Construction began in September and is the largest platform ever built for an inauguration. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Washington - Planners of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration are making an unprecedented solicitation for high-dollar contributions to help pay for the celebration.

They’re asking for individual donations of up to $1 million to help fund the events surrounding the inaugural on Jan. 21. Such donation packages, which come with special access, are a far cry from the policy of Obama’s first inauguration to accept contributions up to only $50,000 from individuals.

The pressure is high to pay for the festivities after donors already contributed to the most expensive campaign in U.S. history. More than 400 individuals and a handful of corporations have so far contributed $200 or more to the inaugural committee. But the committee won’t be listing how much they’ve given until weeks after the event, another about-face from 2009.


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 Jan 08, 2013 at 05:38 PM Kzler Says:

I am sure the generous soul Mr Adelson who has all these billions will gladly donate 1 million, chicken feed to him and his gambling empire wiil not miss it.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 05:38 PM Yossi Says:

I think Washington should make Tekunes like we make at the chasenes....Second term president does NOT deserve such a big party...Its like making a Tea Party for a Hachnosos Kaleh and they get married in Ateres Avrom with a 10 piece band...
If the President can not afford it why would someone pay for his party except he wants to bribe the chief of staff....

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 05:47 PM toolee Says:

What's the celebration about?
Are we getting a new or different president? Skip the celebration and donate the money to Sandy victims

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 06:04 PM money hungry Says:

With all the taxes that are being raised, find the money there.

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 Jan 08, 2013 at 07:11 PM 5TResident Says:

Talk about chutzpah.

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 Jan 09, 2013 at 04:22 PM Anon Says:

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5TResident Says:

Talk about chutzpah.

and, of course, being a fair person, you also objected to the 157 million dollars spent in the Bush second inauguration. This is an American tradition and all presidents do it.

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