Revealed: Members of the Trump $1 million inaugural club


The fundraising committee for Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration attracted a diverse group of donors, including roughly 45 wealthy individuals or corporations that committed $1 million or more to the event.

Many of the inaugural donors, revealed in forms that were released on Wednesday, are familiar faces in the Trump universe — sports team owners, billionaire financiers and energy magnates.

Sheldon Adelson, the chief executive of Las Vegas Sands, gave more than any other inaugural donor, cutting a $5 million check. AT&T gave both cash and in-kind services worth more than $2 million.

Hushang and Shahala Ansary gave a combined $2 million. Hushang is a former Iranian politician and diplomat who became a businessman and Republican donor.

The presidential inaugural committee is responsible for funding things like the official parties and inaugural balls that occur around the event, the parade that takes place following the swearing-in ceremony. The government pays the tab for the actual swearing in.

Trump’s raised a record $107 million, according to federal records, far surpassing the $53 million that President Obama took in for his first inauguration in 2009. 

Trump says he will be donating the leftover cash to charity, though no charities have been named. The Federal Election Commission (FEC)  forms do not disclose how much money was spent on Inauguration Day.

In exchange for checks of $1 million or more, the inaugural committee offered perks for donors, including invitations to exclusive events on the week of the inauguration, a “candlelight dinner” with appearances from Trump, then-vice president-elect Mike Pence, and their wives, a “ladies luncheon” to meet Melania Trump and Karen Pence, and an “intimate” dinner with Mike and Karen Pence.

Other $1 million donors included Phil Ruffin, who co-owns Trump International in Las Vegas, and his wife, Oleksandra Ruffin; Bob Parsons, the founder of GoDaddy web hosting services; John Hess, the CEO of oil and gas company Hess Corporation; and Alexander Shustorovich, chief executive of IMG Artists.

Wealthy Trump supporters who helped Trump during the campaign — Marlene Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, and billionaire Robert Mercer — also donated seven figures. Conservative group American Action Network is also on the list of million-dollar contributors. 

Hedge fund manager and GOP donor Paul Singer, who had been a critic of Trump, threw in $1 million. Other finance donors include Steven Cohen, the founder of Point72 Asset Management, whose former firm pled guilty to insider-trading charges.

Several NFL team owners also chipped in $1 million: Jerry Jones, who owns the Dallas Cowboys; Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder; Bob Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots; New York Jets owner and friend of Trump, Woody Johnson; Shahid Khan, the billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars; Stan Kroenke, who owns the Los Angeles Rams, and Robert McNair, the Houston Texans owner.

Corporations also gave big. Here are the major corporations who shelled out $1 million:

Lockheed Martin, ethanol producer Green Plains Renewable Energy, Dow Chemical, online payment company Allied Wallet, Bank of America, Boeing, Pfizer, Qualcomm, tobacco company Reynolds American and Madison Square Garden Company, which owns New York City sports teams and concert halls.

Mallory Shelbourne and Jordan Fabian contributed.

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