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Presidential Inaugural Committee accepts donations from companies with ties to government

Home - by - January 11, 2013 - 11:45 America/New_York - 7 Comments

Washington Free Beacon

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.

Included in the list of donors is Microsoft, which scored a three-year contract with the Department of Defense on Friday to equip the Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency. The deal will put Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8, on about three-fourths of the department’s computers.

Microsoft’s announcement praised the deal as “the most comprehensive licensing agreement Microsoft Corp. has ever established with the U.S. Department of Defense.”

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  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 11th, 2013

    “integrity of the office”

    Oxymoron in the Obumfuk assministration.

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  2. RightWinger

    January 11th, 2013

    Silly reporter, laws and rules are for everybody else, not Democraps and their supporters.

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  3. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 11th, 2013

    Not on the donor list:

    Solyndra et al.

    Hostess Bakery

    Ford Motor Co.

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  4. BILL

    January 11th, 2013

    and so it goes, the “sparks of information” provided by the internet keep getting closer to the fuse of the “powder kegs of corruption” the professional politicians have built up.

    makes you wonder just which spark is going to set it all off?

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  5. Barky 0bama

    January 11th, 2013

    It’s not nepotism. Bill Gates and I aren’t even related. I don’t think…

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  6. Twellsy

    January 11th, 2013

    They. Just. Don’t. Care.

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  7. scr_north

    January 11th, 2013

    I always thought the Clinton Administration plumbed the depth of corruption but Obamas band of thugs makes Slick Willie look positively saintly in comparison.

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