Billionaires, companies powered Trump's record inaugural haul

2017-04-19 17:03
In this January 20 picture, President Donald Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump walk during the inauguration parade in Washington. (Evan Vucci, Pool, AP File)

In this January 20 picture, President Donald Trump waves as he and First Lady Melania Trump walk during the inauguration parade in Washington. (Evan Vucci, Pool, AP File)

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Washington - Billionaires and corporations helped President Donald Trump raise $107 million for his inaugural festivities. That's according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

The total is nearly double the record set by President Barack Obama eight years ago.

After giving $5 million, Las Vegas gaming billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife had prime seats for Trump's swearing-in ceremony on January 20. And they gained access to a private lunch with the new president and lawmakers at the Capitol.

Two other casino moguls also gave generously.

Health care, energy and beverage companies were among the many businesses giving $250 000 or more.

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