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Trump Committee Offers $1 Million Packages for Inauguration Donors

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Donald Trump’s inauguration committee is offering a series of high dollar donor packages for his inauguration in January, including a $1 million package that includes a candlelight dinner with the incoming president and vice president and up-close seating at a series of events that week.

According to a packet obtained by Variety, those who give $1 million or more to the committee will receive four tickets to a “leadership luncheon,” an event with cabinet appointees and House and Senate leadership; 4 tickets to an “intimate dinner with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Mrs. Karen Pence”; eight tickets to a “ladies luncheon,” with an “opportunity to meet the ladies of the first families”; eight tickets to a victory reception, billed as a “victory reception”; eight tickets to a “candlelight dinner” with appearances by the Trumps and the Pences; eight tickets to an inaugural concert and fireworks on the National Mall; eight tickets to the inaugural parade; and “premier access” tickets to a black-tie inaugural ball.

What about the inauguration on January 20 itself? Those tickets are handled by a congressional committee and are not part of the package, but the inaugural committee assures that it will have access to tickets. The package also does not include hotel rooms, but donors will get “priority booking” for up to eight rooms. There is no mention made of Trump’s new Washington D.C. hotel, which is in a prime location just blocks from the White House.

The inauguration committee is taking contributions not just from individuals but corporations, just as President Obama did for his second inauguration in 2013, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Obama’s team accepted donations only from individuals for his first inauguration, and capped donations at $50,000. CPI also obtained the pitches to inaugural donors.

A spokeswoman for Thomas Barrack, who is chairing Trump’s inaugural committee, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Other packages are being offered for six-figure sums, but with fewer tickets and less access to signature events.


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