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Who's your Daddy? Big business, energy foot Bush inaugural bill to the tune of $4.5 mil

So checking email, finding one thing to post via dial-up before giving up and turning in. This caught my eye because it reminds me of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Shrub talking about “his base,” referring to corporate fat cats. I’m sure having this list of big moneybags giving to Bush’s inauguration fund are just being patriotic and have no agenda whatsoever… (USA TODAY):

More than $4.5 million from the corporate world has flowed to President Bush’s inauguration fund, much of it from the energy industry and some of its executives in contributions of $250,000 each.

Outside the energy sector, New Orleans Saints football team owner Tom Benson gave $50,000 and his companies gave $200,000, the fund reported Friday.

Northrop Grumman Corp., the world’s largest shipbuilder and second-largest U.S. defense contractor, donated $100,000.

Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Inc., the world’s largest personal computer maker, gave $250,000. So did United Technologies, maker products ranging from escalators to aircraft engines. your daddy?

Investment banking firm Stephens Group Inc. of Little Rock, gave $250,000. And the education loan firm Sallie Mae gave $250,000.

Occidental Petroleum Corp., whose business stands to benefit from the president’s actions concerning Libya, donated $250,000, as did Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company. Exxon Mobil reported record third-quarter profits, thanks to higher prices for oil and natural gas.

…Other donors from the energy sector included Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, who gave $250,000; and former Enron President Richard Kinder, who left the firm five years before it collapsed and now is CEO of one of the largest energy transportation and storage companies in the country. Kinder also gave $250,000.

Energy provider Southern Co., which owns utility companies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, gave $250,000.

The Nuclear Energy Institute, the policy organization of the nuclear industry, gave $100,000.

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