Donald Trump has finally been given a reason to smile about when it comes to his upcoming inauguration. Members of the Donald Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee claimed that they have raised thus far over $90 million for the highly anticipated event. The amount was most likely leaked to the media because it gives the billionaire some bragging rights and the world knows how much he loves to talk about himself. In 2009, President Barack Obama was able to haul in $55 million for his inauguration. While in 2013, the amount dropped to only $43 million.
Mr. Obama used only a fraction of the money for the mega party. Documents showed that the millions of dollars in donations were used for events benefiting children who came to the White House.
Tom Barrack, the head of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, would not discuss which charities will benefit from the money raised. The New York billionaire has been caught in numerous charity scandals.
Many American voters expect the media to monitor the situation to make sure Trump uses the money wisely instead of buying giant portraits of himself or getting out of lawsuits.
Barrack was quizzed on what to expect from the festivities, but he declined to comment. Via Twitter, the real estate mogul revealed that it would be an elegant event with New York as the central theme. He also claimed that it would be more about the people instead of celebrities and the Washington elite.
Speaking of stars, for the moment, only Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday, 3 Doors Down, teenage singer Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Radio City Rockettes have confirmed to perform at the event.
Steve Kerrigan, CEO of Obama’s inaugural committee in 2013 and chief of staff in 2009, said: “I can’t imagine how they are going to spend that amount of money — and why they would even keep raising money. We planned the two largest inaugurations in the history of our country and we never spent anywhere near that.”
Alex Howard, deputy director of the private Sunlight Foundation, has stepped out to slam the business community by saying that people and cooperations are donating to influence Trump better.
The president has three months to reveal his donors, but Boeing already surprised many by saying that it has given $1 million and Chevron, $500,000. AT&T has also participated.