The usual presidential inauguration is a splashy affair and costs money. But not in this case.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the inaugural committee last month urged Americans to stay home for Biden’s swearing-in. But Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are still expected to take their oaths at the traditional inauguration site — the U.S. Capitol.
I’m sure those huge legions of Biden supporters would have otherwise come trekking in. But if all this just consists of Biden and Kamala doing their teleprompter shtick, why the undisclosed corporate donations?
The Biden Inaugural Committee on Saturday released its list of donors, which included Google, Microsoft, Boeing and several other major corporations.
The list contains all contributors who donated more than $200 to President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony and related activities. The committee did not disclose the amount of any of the contributions, but it will have to within 90 days after Inauguration Day, according to FEC guidance.
This is the same stunt the Biden campaign pulled with its bundlers, releasing the information at the last minute.
I was one of the few to follow up on it and traced some of Biden’s biggest bundlers to terror lobbyists.
Joe Biden had spent the entire election hiding the names of his bundlers, the big money fundraisers who fueled his campaign, until releasing them right before Election Day.
What did he have to hide?
The list of bundlers who managed to raise at least $100,000 for Biden includes some of the usual Democrat politicians and big party donors, along with some other names.
Like that of Jamal Abdi.
Abdi is the executive director of NIAC Action and the former policy director of the National Iranian American Council, often referred to as the Iran Lobby.
By then no one was paying attention. And that’s the game here. Throw out a bunch of names. Hold back the money amounts until no one’s likely to report on it.