Obama Banned Corporate Donations for Inauguration in 2009, Allows Them in 2013
2:53 PM, Dec 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Politico reports that "President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his Inauguration in January." Last go around, for the 2009 inauguration, Obama banned these very donations.
"President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Committee outlined plans today for an inauguration that will underscore their commitment to change business as usual in Washington and ensure that as many Americans as possible, both inside and outside Washington, will be able to come together to unite the country and celebrate our common values and shared aspirations," an Obama press release from 2008 reads.
"The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced today that it will abide by an unprecedented set of limitations on fundraising as part of President-elect Obama’s pledge to put the country on a new path. Unlike previous inaugural committees, the PIC will not accept contributions from corporations, political action committees, current federally-registered lobbyists, non-U.S. citizens and registered foreign agents. The PIC will not accept individual contributions in excess of $50,000. Current law does not restrict the size of donations. In past inaugurations, contribution limits have run as high as $250,000."