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In reversal, unions, corporations help pay for Obama’s second inaugural
Although there’s no way to tell how much they have given, the newest additions to the list of inaugural donors include more traditional Democratic donors, including eight labor unions: the American Federation of Government Employees; the American Postal Workers Union; the International Association of Firefighters; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; the Laborers International Union of North America; and the Sheet Metal Workers International Association.
Corporate donors include: Microsoft, AT&T; Coca-Cola; Fed Ex; Centene Corp., a company that manages Medicaid for states; biotech giant Genentech; Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities; United Therapeutics; Financial Innovations, a vendor that ran the Obama campaign’s online store; and Stream Line Circle LLC, which is associated with gay rights activist Jon Stryker.
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