New documents released by the U.S. Federal Election Commission on Wednesday show that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson donated $5 million to the committee handling U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration events. Adelson's large donation came on top of tens of millions of dollars that he donated to Trump's election campaign in the last weeks of the 2016 election.
Other large donors who supported Trump's inauguration events include Robert Kraft, the owner of the football team New England Patriots. Kraft, however, gave "only" a million dollars to the committee – a fifth of the amount donated by Adelson. Coincidentally, Kraft’s team is scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday for the traditional meeting between the president and the winning team of the Superbowl.
Another NFL team owner who gave $1 million to the committee is billionaire Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Khan, a Pakistani-American and a Muslim expressed in February his opposition to Trump's travel ban targeting the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. It was "a sobering time for someone like me," he said, adding that the ban - which has since been struck down by the courts - would hurt the U.S. economy.
The committee also received a million-dollar donation from hedge-fund manager Paul Singer, another leading Republican political donor who, like Adelson, is known for supporting U.S. politicians who offer strong support to the current Israeli government. During the Republican primaries, Singer was a staunch critic of Trump. He supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio, warned that Trump's proposed policies would lead to "a global depression" and funded groups that were part of the failed "Never-Trump" Republican effort.
Since Trump's election victory, however, Singer has tried to mend fences with the president. During a press conference in February, Trump said that he hosted Singer in the White House. "He was a very strong opponent and now he's a very strong ally and I appreciate that," Trump said at the time. Singer confirmed that they had met to discuss economic policy.
Over all, the Trump Inauguration Committee raised a record-breaking amount of 107 million dollars. Besides large private donors, it received money from dozens of leading corporates, including 285,000 dollars from Google and 250,000 from Pepsi. Exxon Mobile, the company which was previously led by Rex Tillerson, now the U.S. secretary of state, also made a similar donation, as it did in 2013 when former U.S. President Barack Obama was sworn in for the second time.
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