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Inauguration Donations Swell by $7.7 Million

By Maureen Fan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 15, 2005; Page A09

Twenty-seven individuals and 45 companies, from Anheuser-Busch to Wachovia, donated $7,720,000 to the Presidential Inaugural Committee in the last week, bringing the total amount raised so far to $25,515,000, according to an inaugural donor list, which was updated yesterday.

Among the biggest donors, who gave the maximum of $250,000 each, were New York financier Nelson Peltz, a multimillionaire whose helicopter commutes have riled neighbors in Bedford, N.Y., and two D.C. area donors, ACS State & Local Solutions and the Washington Television Center.

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Other companies that gave $250,000 were Alagem Capital Group LLC, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Corp., FedEx Corp., Pfizer Inc., Timken Co. and Wachovia Corp.

Inaugural organizers are trying to raise $40 million to pay for three days of events including a 14-float parade, a fireworks display, a youth concert and nine balls in addition to the swearing-in ceremony.

Individuals who gave $100,000 to the inaugural committee in the latest round include Alan B. Fabian, chief operating officer of Southwest Medical Center in Reisterstown, Md.; Stephen A. Schwarzman, president, chief executive and co-founder of the Blackstone Group; and Bob Tuttle, owner of the Tuttle-Click Auto Group in Beverly Hills, Calif. Each of the three men raised at least $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney campaign in the last election cycle.

Marna Schnabel of Los Angeles also gave $100,000. Schnabel is the wife of Bush appointee Rockwell A. Schnabel, an investment banker who was made European Union ambassador in 2001 and who raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney campaign in the 2000 cycle.

Richard T. Farmer of Cincinnati, chairman of Cintas Corp., the nation's largest supplier of workplace uniforms, also gave $100,000. He raised more than $250,000 for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and would be a major beneficiary of a controversial Environmental Protection Agency rule for industrial laundries. The EPA's inspector general is investigating the writing of the rule, which environmental and labor groups said was written to help Cintas.

Vernon G. Buchanan of Sarasota, chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, also gave $100,000.

Corporations that gave $100,000 this week include Amgen Inc., Cisco Systems, EDS, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin Corp. and The Washington Post Co.

Research database editor Derek Willis contributed to this report.

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