FedEx, Haslam family among Tennesseans giving $2.2 million to President Trump's inauguration


From The Commercial Appeal

WASHINGTON — Tennessee companies or individuals gave more than $2.2 million to help underwrite President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, newly released records show.

Memphis-based FedEx donated $500,000 to the inauguration effort, even though the company’s founder and chief executive officer, Fred Smith, has been critical of Trump’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and of Trump’s hard line stance on China.

Gov. Bill Haslam refused to vote for Trump during the November election, but his family nevertheless contributed to Trump’s inaugural.

The Haslam-owned Pilot Travel Centers of Knoxville donated $300,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. Jimmy Haslam, the governor’s brother and CEO of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, gave $100,000. Jimmy Haslam’s wife, television executive Susan “Dee” Haslam, also donated $100,000.


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