Just FYI, Obama's inauguration is being funded - at least in part - by donations from his supporters. He sends out emails a few times a week asking for money so he can reduce the tax money and corporate money going into it.
Just FYI, his "supporters" are Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. And "at least in part" is 80%. By some strange coincidence, Obama spent this week telling people how Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs need more bailout money! How did that go? "Change - you can believe in
Big Donors Foot Inaugural Bill
By KENNETH P. VOGEL
Updated 6:45 AM CST, Thu, Jan 15, 2009
Barack Obama has boasted that his inauguration will be funded by the same small donors who propelled his presidential campaign to victory, but a new analysis shows the inaugural bill is being footed primarily by big-dollar contributors, including many from Wall Street.
In fact, nearly 80 percent of the $35.3 million raised by Obama’s inaugural committee can be traced to just 211 individual bundlers, according to an analysis by the non-partisan watchdog group Public Citizen.
One Wall Street bundler steered the $300,000 maximum to committee, Louis Susman, a top Citigroup executive, the report found.
“No doubt many donors give simply because they want to be part of history,” said Craig Holman, a campaign finance lobbyist for Public Citizen. “But donors and bundlers who represent special interests with business pending before the government and who dole out five-figure checks to the inaugural committee usually want a seat at the table with the new administration.”
Other Wall Street bundlers who contributed include:
* Mark Gilbert, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers: $185,000
* Robert Wolf, CEO of UBS Americas: $100,000
* Jennifer Scully, a vice president at Goldman Sachs: $100,000
* Bruce Heyman, a manager at Goldman Sachs: $50,000http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/us_world/Big_donors_foot_inaugural_bill.html