Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson donated $5 million to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, making it the single biggest donation ever made to an incoming president’s inauguration festivities.
Adelson’s huge donation came on top of the millions of dollars he poured to Trump’s campaign chest in the final weeks leading to the November election.
This new information came from documents released by the U.S. Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, which also saw more than 45 individuals and companies donating at least $1 million each to the event.
Trump also did not place limits on corporate or individual donors, breaking from the practice of recent inaugural committees.
The Daily Caller reports:
Trump’s inaugural committee raised $106.7 million, shattering fundraising records and doubling the $53 million Barack Obama raised in 2009. The January ceremony included dozens of events over a six-day period.
Aside from Adelson, other casino magnates who donated to the committee included Steve Wynn and Phil Ruffin who gave almost $2 million combined.
In his endorsement of Trump in the Washington Post in May last year, the Republican mega-donor Adelson said that he did not endorse Trump because he agreed with him but because the country can no longer afford to have “a third term” of Barack Obama with Hillary Clinton.