By Megan Banta
INDIANAPOLIS – The committee that funded Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s inaugural activities and transition announced Friday that it had raised more than $1 million for the effort.
The donors included 17 companies and groups that contributed $25,000 each. The list includes law firms, utilities and other companies that either regularly do business with the state or lobby at the Statehouse.
The money was used for inaugural activities that included the swearing-in ceremony, ball, family fun day and a praise service.
“Hoosiers from all corners of the state participated in the inaugural weekend activities and we appreciate the financial support of all those who contributed to our efforts,” said Bob Grand, who served as President of Indiana Works, the nonprofit created to handle the transition costs.
Companies or groups that donated $25,000 are Atria Client Services, Baldwin and Lyons, Barnes and Thornburg, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Bose McKinney and Evans, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, Faegre Baker Daniels, Frost Brown Todd, Mark Holden, Ivy Tech Foundation, Krieg Devault, Bruce Leetz, Monarch Beverage Company, Northern Indiana Public Service Corporation, Old National Bancorp and Vectren Corporation.
The committee’s remaining funds will go to help close out activities related to the inaugural weekend and pay for ongoing transition expenses.
Last week, Indiana Works donated $100,000 to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.
Megan Banta is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.