Pa. donors gave more than $1.8 million for Trump inauguration
Donations largely came from those affiliated with the energy industry
April 21, 2017 11:14 AM
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President Donald Trump waves as he walks with his wife, Melania Trump, during the inauguration parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
By Laura Olson / (Allentown) Morning Call
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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