Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly is one of six Seattleites listed as major donors to the Obama inauguration. The Presidential Inaugural Committee says Chihuly donated $50,000.
In an effort to curb influence peddling, the inaugural committee says it is disclosing all those who contribute $200 or more to help pay for the January Obama gala. The committee has capped the maximum contribution at $50,000. Here's the donor list so far.
Among other Seattle inaugural donors, Steven Vanroekel of Microsoft and John Vechey of Popcap Games each gave $50,000. So did Bruce Blume and Daniel Fisher. Shawn Brinsfield gave $12,500. Trial lawyer Matthew Bergman of Vashon donated $50,000. Portland magazine publisher Win McCormack, the only Oregon donor listed, gave $50,000. There are no listed donors from Idaho or Montana.