OUCH: Paying for the Bush-Cheney Inauguration

* Expected price tag for Bush-Cheney inauguration: $30 million.

* Portion coming from private contributions: 100%.

* Cost of a table at any of three candlelight dinners on January 18 that President-elect George W. Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney are expected to visit: $25,000.

* Maximum contribution that the Bush-Cheney Presidential Inaugural Committee is accepting from private donors: $100,000.

* Number of donors who gave a total of $100,000 or more to parties and candidates in the 2000 elections awarded positions on George W. Bush's Transition Advisory Teams: 14.

* Amount that Bush's Energy Department Secretary nominee, Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI), received from energy industry donors in his failed 2000 Senate race: $366,298.

* Rank of Abraham among all current senators in contributions accepted from energy industry donors in the 2000 elections: 1.

* The number of industries that Bush's nominee for Attorney General, Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO), ranks in the Senate top ten for contributions in the 2000 elections: 42, many of which have anti-trust and other matters pending before the Justice Department.

* Rank of health industry professionals among donors to Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Republican Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson in his last race: 1.

* Rank of transportation industry among donors to Democrat Norm Mineta, Bush's pick for Transportation Department Secretary, in his last House race: 1.

For more information (and for detailed sourcing on these statistics) go to www.publicampaign.org.


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