Trump's Inauguration May Have Been the Most Expensive in History

A look at the bottom line.

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The inauguration of Donald Trump, a president who campaigned on a promise to "drain the swamp" of big money and corruption, is shaping up to be the most expensive in history.

According to the New York Times, the Trump inauguration is likely to total over $200 million when all is said and done. By comparison, Obama's 2009 inauguration cost about $53 million.

Security was the biggest line item, with over 28,000 local, state, and federal personnel on the payroll.

As for where the money comes from, it's a combination of both federal and local government and private funds. Trump's inaugural committee raised $100 million from a mix of corporations, wealthy individuals, and smaller-scale supporters.

Trump's team might not spend all the money they raised on the actual inauguration, though where the leftover money will go (and if we will ever know) remains to be seen.

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