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Sheldon Adelson Donated $5 Million To Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President-elect Donald Trump (2ndR),and his wife Melania Trump (2ndL), are greeted by President Barack Obama and his wife first lady Michelle Obama, upon arriving at the White House on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Later in the morning President-elect Trump will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president during an inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

Sheldon Adelson donated $5 million to Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, making it the single largest donation ever made to an incoming president’s inauguration.

The 83-year-old casino owner and billionaire — who endorsed Trump for president last May — wrote a whopping seven-figure check, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Trump’s inaugural committee raised $106.7 million, shattering fundraising records and doubling the $53 million Barack Obama raised in 2009. The January ceremony included dozens of events over a six-day period. (RELATED: Trump’s Inauguration Committee Raised A Record $106 Million)

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Adelson wasn’t the only casino magnate who donated to the committee. Phil Ruffin and Steve Wynn also gave nearly $2 million combined.

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In his endorsement in the Washington Post, Adelson said he was endorsing Trump not because he agreed with him on every issue, but because America couldn’t allow “a third term” of Barack Obama “in the name of Hillary Clinton.” (RELATED: Adelson Just Endorsed Donald Trump For President)


“I’ve spent time talking to Donald Trump,” Adelson said. “Do I agree with him on every issue? No. But it’s unlikely that any American agrees with his or her preferred candidate on every issue.”

“You may not like Trump’s style or what he says on Twitter, but this country needs strong executive leadership more today than at almost any point in its history. The world is less secure than ever, and our allies have lost confidence in our ability to lead. The economy is not growing the way it should. The middle class is finding it harder and harder to get by.”

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