In the first months of Trump’s presidency, he went on and on about his humongous inauguration crowd size, despite the photographic evidence proving that Obama drew a much larger crowd. Trump later hung a photo of his inauguration crowd in the White House that clearly exaggerates attendance at the event.
Trump did, however, manage to raise a record-breaking $106.7 million for his inauguration. Last year, questions popped up concerning where all the money went? And those same questions have still not been answered by the White House.
USA Today contacted the inaugural committee to investigate spending, and the inaugural committee’s chairman Thomas Barrack’s spokeswoman, Kristin Celauro, responded, “We must decline comment at this time.”
Trump received donations from companies with interests in the government including Bank of America, AT&T, Dow Chemical, Boeing, and Quicken Loans. Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson paid Trump a whopping $5 million. Comparatively, Obama’s committee raised $53.2 million for his first inauguration.
Obama’s former chief of staff on his inaugural committee, Steve Kerrigan, estimated: “It is alarming that you would potentially have at least $50 million left over and no sense of how it was spent,” he explained.
Trump reportedly used a chunk of the funds to renovate the White House and the Naval Observatory, where VP Mike Pence currently resides. As Fred Wertheimer of the Democracy 21 watchdog group said, “It’s not a piggy bank.”
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