In reversal, unions, corporations help pay for Obama’s second inaugural

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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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