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Labor unions, lawmakers donate to Obama's inauguration

9:21 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
The West Front of the U.S. Capitol is dressed in red, white and blue the day before President Obama's public inauguration festivities on Monday. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)
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WASHINGTON -- More than 3,000 individuals and organizations are helping to fund President Obama's inaugural festivities, including labor unions, according to an updated list of donors.

Labor organizations were absent from earlier donor lists, but the new list shows nine have contributed, including the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Postal Workers Union and the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is raising money for Monday's events, has not disclosed how much each donor has contributed. That information will become public in April when it files details of its fundraising with the Federal Election Commission.

In roughly a week, the inaugural committee had added more than 2,000 donors, which includes a handful of corporations. New corporate donors include Bank of America and FedEx.

Some fellow Democratic politicians also are writing checks to support Monday's public celebrations. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and California Rep. Lois Capps are among the contributors.

Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY

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