Pa. donors gave more than $1.8 million for Trump inauguration


WASHINGTON — Pennsylvanians and companies based in the state gave nearly $1.8 million to pay for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, with those donations largely coming from those affiliated with the energy industry.

The state-based contributions, documented in a disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission this week, reflect broader national trends among the $107 million that Mr. Trump raised, which was twice as much as other inaugurations.

The amount allowed organizers to give attendees “a chance to experience the incredible moment in our democracy where we witness the peaceful transition of power,” said Tom Barrack, leader of the inaugural committee.

An array of large corporations chipped in for the inauguration festivities, including Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Google and Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. At least $10 million nationally came from coal, oil and gas companies and their executives, according to The New York Times.

The largest donor from Pennsylvania was Clifford Forrest, president of Armstrong County-based Rosebud Mining Co., who contributed $1 million. A frequent contributor to mostly Republican candidates, Mr. Forrest also had given $100,000 last year to Mr. Trump’s joint fundraising committee with the Republican Party.

Consol Energy, a coal and natural gas production company based in Washington County, gave $150,000.

Another $25,000 came from Buckeye Partners, a pipeline firm that employs 300 at its office in Breinigsville and a sprawling pipeline tank farm in Lower Macungie and Upper Milford townships. 

Thousands more came from other Western Pennsylvania companies tied to the energy sector, including pipe supplier Lee Supply Co., Pittsburgh’s Jennchem, and Global Mine Service in Fayette County.

Mr. Trump addressed representatives from some of those companies last fall, when he spoke in Pittsburgh at an annual gathering for Marcellus Shale gas producers. During his remarks, he pledged to restore the coal industry and to support the booming natural gas sector.

“The shale energy revolution will unleash massive wealth for America,” Mr. Trump said during the Shale Insight Conference in September. “And we will end the war on coal and the war on miners.”

Since taking office, he has signed several executive orders benefiting the energy industry, including rolling back rules on greenhouse gas emissions and on coal-burning power plants.

Among other donors include Jay Cleveland, president and CEO of Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., which sells Caterpillar construction equipment, and the Reschini Group, one of the largest privately owned insurance agencies in the U.S.



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