Presidential perks — including candlelight dinner with the President-elect and access to Cabinet members — await those who loosen their purse strings for Donald Trump’s inaugural committee.
The group responsible for the planning and funding of events surrounding Trump’s Jan. 20 swearing-in in Washington is offering a slew of pricey packages to help cover the weekend’s $75 million tab.
Some packages offer rare access to the soon-to-be-political elite — for those wealthy enough to contribute.
The Center for Public Integrity on Tuesday obtained a copy of the “58th Presidential Inaugural Committee Underwriter Benefits.” The list details inaugural festivities available for big donors looking to celebrate alongside the new president and mingle with incoming members of the administration.
Prices range above $1 million.
The lowest-priced offering, at $25,000, includes two tickets to the Inaugural Parade, an “entertainment-filled” Victory Reception, admission to the Inaugural Concert and Fireworks show and a black-tie ball.
For $100,000, donors get four tickets to those events — plus a pair of tickets for “an intimate policy discussion and dinner” with select Cabinet appointees.
A $250,000 check buys the same package, plus admission for two to the Ladies Luncheon, where donors get to “meet the ladies of the first families.”
The only way to attend the Candlelight Dinner with both Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence is to pony up $500,000 for four tickets.
Among other perks for top donors: luxury hotel rooms, transportation to events and recognition on “select printed materials” for individuals or corporations.
The packages are similar to those offered at the inaugurations of presidents of both parties in the past.
Trump’s inaugural committee, which is chaired by private equity investor Thomas Barrack, has decided to bar registered lobbyists from contributing, but it will allow corporate contributions of up to $1 million.
In 2009, President Obama banned donations from lobbyists as well as corporations and capped individual contributions at $50,000.
But he loosened those rules in 2013. His committee allowed corporate funding and removed the cap on individual donations.
AT&T, Microsoft and other companies made major gifts to his committee that year.
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