Donald Trump raised a record $106.7 million for his presidential inauguration ceremonies in January, more than double the amount collected by Barack Obama in 2009. But his donor list included some controversial contributors, as reported in El País:
According to official data released on Wednesday, the most generous donor was casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a highly influential figure in Republican circles, who gave $5 million to Trump.
The biggest surprise in the list was Citgo, the US affiliate of Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA, which wrote out a check for $500,000 for Trump’s inauguration.
The donation overshadowed the amounts provided by Pepsi ($250,000) or Walmart ($150,000), matching JP Morgan Chase and Exxon’s contributions.