- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Twenty-five donors, including businesses and individuals, contributed more than $132,000 to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s inauguration.

Mark Weiner, a Democratic fundraiser who co-chaired Raimondo’s inaugural committee, said the group worked within a budget of $150,000 that includes in-kind donations.

He says all the events, including an open house at the State House and a skating session Saturday, are privately funded.

The committee capped business and individual donations at $15,000. Donors who contributed the $15,000 maximum were real estate developer the Carpionato Group; CVS; GTECH Corp.; and Laborers’ International Union of North America.

AT&T;, Verizon and the Hassenfeld Foundation donated $10,000.

Political committees associated with legislative leaders gave $1,000 or less.

The donations paid for Tuesday’s inaugural festivities, which included a special WaterFire lighting and a party for Raimondo supporters at a restaurant.

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