Tell Biden’s inaugural committee to not accept money from Wall Street, Pharma, and tech

Article Contributed by Friends of the Earth | Published on Monday, January 4, 2021

President-Elect Biden’s inauguration is only a few weeks away. Tell Biden’s inaugural committee to reject corporate contributions.

While the inaugural committee has already committed to rejecting money from fossil fuel corporations, it is still planning to accept donations up to $1 million from other corporations.

If the Biden-Harris administration is serious about “building back better” in a way that remedies the longstanding ills of the country, it should not let corporate interests buy their way in.

Tell Biden’s transition team to reject corporate contributions for his inauguration.

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This year’s inauguration will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of traditional gala balls and parties happening in person, most of the inauguration will be happening online -- meaning there’s even less of an excuse to raise money from corporate interest to fund it.

But the dramatically downsized inauguration is still taking benefactors who will receive perks in exchange for their contributions. Each donation tier has different perks, ranging from an invitation to a briefing to an invitation to a virtual event with President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris. All equal rubbing elbows with the new leader of the United States.

Biden should immediately halt this potential corrupting influence.

Take Action: Call upon the Biden-Harris transition team to reject money from corporate contributions.

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All corporate donations come with unspoken strings attached. Wall Street, Big Ag, Big Tech, Pharma, military contractors, for-profit schools, and beyond can currently donate to the inauguration fund -- and all have ulterior motives for their “generosity.” 

Corporations do not give so Biden can have a spectacular inauguration -- instead, they’re giving to befriend the President-Elect and his trusted circle. 

While refusing money from the fossil fuel industry was a first step, the inaugural committee has still opened the door for other corporations to buy their influence.

30,000 signatures still needed: Urge Joe Biden’s inaugural committee to expand its ban on donations to encompass all major corporate sectors.