Drew Griffin | BIO
CNN Investigative Correspondent
This may be a day of change, but one thing never seems to change about Washington: money opens doors, and in this case seats to history. While millions huddle in the cold for a peek of the swearing in ceremony, those with thousands have paid for the privilege most of us can’t afford.
The inauguration is being financed by private donations. The donations are being limited to $50,000 per contributor. No lobbyists are allowed to give, per strict rules by the Obam-ites. But like all things DC there is wiggle room, so families of lobbyists can give. Others, like liberal activist financier George Soros seems to have his whole family giving the limit.
And what do they get? Tickets to the ceremony, parade and the ball.
The Center for Responsive Politics collected the data. You can view it right here. Take a look at who you see on screen and then see just how much they gave to get that spot. I find it a fun and interactive way to see how Washington never really changes.
Filed under: Inauguration
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