Several prominent corporations with business links to the government have lined up to donate to the festivities since the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee announced it would accept corporate funds.
The donations, barred in 2009, were first reported in December. The committee is selling different levels of access to inaugural events to both individuals and corporations. At least one government watchdog group immediately questioned the decision, raising ethical concerns.
“The decision prioritizes a lavish celebration over the integrity of the office,” wrote John Wonderlich, policy director for the pro-government transparency Sunlight Foundation.
The committee’s website lists the donors but does not provide the amount of the donations.