April 20, 2017

The inaugural payoff?

Today’s New York Times shows that “Trump Inaugural Drew Big Dollars From Donors With Vested Interests” by NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, NICHOLAS FANDOS and RACHEL SHOREY, 4/19/17.

Naturally inaugural chairman Thomas Barrack Jr would claim that those big dollars came “in support of the coming together of our country and its people to commemorate the cornerstone of our American democratic process.”

See a lengthy list of donors in “Donald Trump inauguration bankrolled by corporate giants: Many companies, executives have business before federal government” by Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity, 4/19/17/

But we also read that “Pesticide maker tries to kill government risk study” by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press, Daily Local News, 4/20/17.

Concretely, Dow Chemical is trying to get the EPA to reverse its finding that many Dow products threaten many already endangered species.

Dow contributed $1,000,000 to the inauguration. How much influence does that tidy sum purchase in the swamp?