Illinois donors to President
Pritzker, who is being vetted by the
Two other donors from Obama’s home state each gave $250,000: Fred Eychaner of Chicago, who owns Newsweb Corp. and was a top money-raiser for Obama, and Michael J. Sacks of Highland Park, the CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P. Sacks is vice chairman of World Business Chicago and a top adviser to Mayor
There was one other six-figure donor from Illinois: East Lake Management & Development Corp., a minority-owned real estate firm that kicked in $100,000.
At Boeing, a leading airplane manufacturer and defense contractor, spokesman John Dern confirmed the $1 million gift but did not elaborate about it when contacted Monday by the Tribune. None of the six-figure donors had a comment, either.
In all, Obama's inaugural committee raised a little more than $43 million to put on the official festivities. That was $10 million less than the amount raised in 2009 for Obama's first inauguration.
The smaller haul came despite the fact that — in a reversal from 2009 — this year's inaugural committee accepted corporate donations, a decision that drew sharp criticism from campaign finance reform advocates.
The 2013 committee also took individual donations of more than $50,000, unlike four years ago, and did not disclose the amount given by contributors until the report was filed with the
The biggest donation over-all came from AT&T, which contributed $4.6 million in equipment and other in-kind services.
Other Illinois donors
The $75,000 givers from Illinois were: attorney Susan Berghoef and Twana Edwards, both of Chicago, and philanthropist Christine Shaw of
Also from Illinois, the Pratima N. Shah Family Foundation gave $65,000. Psychologist Beth Rom-Rymer of Chicago and the Globetrotters Engineering Corporation, an architecture, engineering and construction management firm, each donated $60,000.
The $50,000 givers from Illinois: Rajiv K. Fernando, CEO of Chopper Trading in Chicago; Barbara G. Manilow of Chicago; Laura M. Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs; Henry Crown and Co. of Chicago; and Mundo Red IT, L.L.C. of Chicago.
Obama friend John W. Rogers Jr. gave $25,000 and his firm, Ariel Investments, another $25,000. He, too, was an inauguration co-chair in 2009. "That was just a magical experience," he said, "so when this inauguration came around, I was happy to help and be part of the team" of financial backers.
Among the businesses that made in-kind contributions toward the revelry was Eli's Cheesecake Co., whose $6,000 gift was for catering, records show.
The money went toward desserts, including one massive cheesecake, that were served Jan. 22 at a post-inaugural ball, featuring
Altogether, more than 700 people or businesses from Illinois gave, including members of
The Democratic lawmakers who chipped in included U.S. Reps.
Another donor was U.S. Rep.
Another Democrat, state Sen.
This story was updated on Wednesday, April 24, after the amended report was filed.