Energy companies donated millions to Trump’s inauguration

Energy companies donated millions to Trump’s inauguration

Energy companies and their executives donated at least $7 million to President Trump’s inauguration committee, according to newly released inaugural committee reports.

Companies and executives in oil, natural gas and coal were some of the largest donors to Trump’s inauguration, which raised a total of $106.7 million, according to the committee's Federal Elections Commission filing.

Hess Corp. CEO John Hess, massive chemical manufacturer Dow Chemical Corp. and Nebraska-based ethanol producer Green Plains Renewable Energy were among the biggest donors to the inauguration, each giving $1 million.

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Numerous international oil companies were also big inauguration donors. Chevron Corp. donated $525,000, while Exxon Mobil Corp., BP and Citgo each contributed $500,000.

Murray Energy Corp., a major coal mining company whose head, Bob Murray, has close ties to Trump, donated $300,000.

Fuel refiner Valero Energy Corp., natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy Inc., oil and gas drillers Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Continental Resources Inc. each donated $100,000.

Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Dakota Access oil pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners, contributed $250,000.

Other big energy companies that chipped in include Southern Co., White Stallion Energy, NextEra Energy Inc. and Clean Energy California.

— Megan Wilson and Mallory Shelbourne contributed