Major technology companies such as Google and Microsoft, as well as telecommunications giants such as Comcast and Verizon, are among nearly 1,000 people and groups who have donated at least $ 200 to the commission that organized the downsizing of President-elect Joseph Biden Jr. opening ceremony this month.
The list of donors, published Saturday night by the commission, was filled mostly with individual donors, including major Democrat donors such as Arthur Blanc, the owner of the Atlanta falcons; Richard C. Bloom, husband of Senator Diane Feinstein of California; and Donald Sussman, a hedge fund mogul.
The actual amounts of donors may not be known until 90 days after the opening, when the commission will be required by law to disclose the names and amounts of all donations over $ 200. There are no legal limits on how much a donor can give to the founding committee, but Mr. Biden’s commission has voluntarily limited contributions from individuals to $ 500,000 and from corporations to $ 1 million.
Many of the large corporations that traditionally make a major contribution to inaugural events are missing. Some explained that they would not donate, as the event would be largely virtual due to the pandemic. Others say they focus their donations on helping people affected by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.
But the technology and telecommunications industry, a major source of money for Mr. Biden’s campaign and the groups that support it, are well represented on the list, with donations coming from Qualcomm, a California-based semiconductor and software company, and Charter Communications. , cable company.
Google was included in the list because it provided online security protection free of charge to the founding committee, said Jose Castaneda, a spokesman for Google.
Other corporate donations come from the Enterprise Holdings policy committee, which is affiliated with the company, which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.
Healthcare companies are also prominent on the list, including Anthem Inc., the health insurance giant, MedPoint Management, which provides management services to groups of physicians, and Masimo Corporation, a maker of electronic patient monitoring devices.
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Boeing, the space and military procurement giant, is also listed as a donor.
Biden’s team banned donations from the oil, gas and coal industries and registered lobbyists.
Trade unions, including the American Federation of Teachers, the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, and the United Food and Trade Union, have contributed.
There were also a number of celebrities on the list – as was the case with Mr Biden’s presidential campaign – including Barbra Streisand.
A spokesman for the inauguration declined to comment on Saturday’s question about how much Biden’s commission had gathered in total.
Fundraising efforts are likely to pale in comparison to the record $ 107 million raised four years ago by Mr. Trump for his inauguration, with donations of about $ 5 million from major supporters such as Sheldon G. Adelson, CEO of the casino and a major Republican donor.
Mr Biden urged his supporters not to travel to Washington for the opening on January 20, as there will be few large-scale personal events outside the swearing-in ceremony.
Details of the inauguration schedule have not yet been released, and planning for the event was also influenced by the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday by Trump supporters in an outbreak of violence that raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony.
Organizers said the inaugural celebrations would include a “virtual concert” with some famous performers, a ceremony to commemorate people killed by the coronavirus, and a virtual event similar to last year’s complex naming ceremony at the Democratic National Committee that included short videos from all 57 countries and territories.
But the inaugural committee is still trying to attract large donations by offering a number of unusual bonuses. Corporations contributing $ 1 million and individuals contributing $ 500,000 will receive an invitation to a virtual event with Mr. Biden and Jill Biden, the future First Lady, along with a photo, as well as a similar event with newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.
Fundraising efforts continue, with the commission sending a request to donors on Saturday night shortly after publishing the preliminary list of donors.
“Our team is creating a new style of discovery that integrates traditional elements with creative programming and local events across the country – that’s why we’re turning today,” reads a fundraising email aimed at recipients in different parts of the country.
According to the e-mail, the commission wants to “make sure we have strong representation across the country as part of our local donor discovery program.”