Report: Coca-Cola, NEA, Others Fail to Disclose Obama Inaugural Donations

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September 25, 2013

Two-thirds of the 62 groups that donated to President Barack Obama's inauguration and were required to disclose those donations failed to do so, according to a new report.

Unlike the president's first inauguration, corporate donations were sought this year. But major companies and major unions, like the National Education Association, failed to disclose their contributions according to a new report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Politico reports:

Organizations who also spend money on lobbying must file disclosure reports to the Senate and the House, detailing their political contributions over $200. But 42 of the 62 organizations that are both registered to lobby and donated to the inauguration failed to disclosure their contributions on those forms, the report found.

Microsoft, for example, failed to list contributions totaling more than $2 million on their most recent disclosure, including more than $500,000 in in-kind contributions for equipment and technical services. Another major donor to the festivities, Chevron, did not list their $1 million donation on their report.

Other corporations that failed to list their contributions to the inauguration include Coca-Cola, Visa, TracFone Wireless, and Aflac. Unions like the National Education Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, United Food and Commercial Workers and the American Postal Workers Union. Trade associations on the list include the American Hospital Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the Community Financial Services Association. Law firms with lobbying shops like Capitol Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, and others also did not disclose their contributions, according to CREW.