Sheldon Adelson Donated $5 Million to Trump’s Inauguration, Report
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson donated $5 million to President Donald Trump’s inauguration events according to the New York Times, citing the U.S. Federal Election Commission documents released on Wednesday.
This come on top of tens of millions of dollars that Adelson donated to Trump’s last weeks of the 2016 election campaign. It is also making the single largest donation ever made to an incoming president’s inauguration.
In return the 83-year-old casino owner and gaming billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, had prime seats for the president’s swearing-in ceremony and an access to a private lunch at the Capitol.
One more source for big money was “The like Adelson”. The committee received $1 million donation from hedge-fund manager Paul Singer. A “like Adelson” leading Republican political donor who is known for supporting U.S. politicians who offer strong support to the current Israeli government.
During the Republican primaries, Singer was a strong critic of Trump.
All together Trump has raised a record-breaking amount of $107 million for his inaugural festivities, nearly doubled the record set by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Former President George W. Bush raised $40-$42 million for each of his two inaugurations.
Trump received donations from casino billionaires Phil Ruffin $1 million, and from Las Vegas’ Steve Wynn $729,000.
$1 million donated by New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, and $1 million from Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner Muslim-billionaire Shahid Khan.
Exxon Mobile, the company which was led by Rex Tillerson, now the U.S. secretary of state, made a $250,000 donation, similar as it did in 2013 when former U.S. President Barack Obama was sworn in for the second time. $285,000 come from Google and $250,000 from Pepsi.
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