Remember Donald Trump’s dark inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017? Trump’s inaugural committee raised a record $107 million to produce the star-sparse ceremonies, with no one explaining where the surplus money went. On Trump’s one year anniversary, however, OpenSecrets took a look at the 63 federal contractors that collectively contributed $16.3 million to finance the festivities. It turns out they did quite well.
Trump is spending his anniversary at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where tickets for the dinner celebration and a photo go for $100,000 a pair; $250,000 buys a couple participation in some sort of roundtable. The party is a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee and Trump’s re-election campaign, but of course he gets to pocket all the money spent at his resort.
But leaving the “follow the money” story up to Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation for the moment—it also turns out that the Women’s March demonstrating resistance to Trump on Jan. 20, 2017 was about three times larger than the people who showed up for Trump’s inauguration, according to crowd counting experts.
March organizers around the country are hoping their one-year anniversary demonstration on this Saturday, Jan. 20 will also draw strong numbers. Los Angeles alone drew an incredible 750,000 Los Angelenos.
“Women’s March Los Angeles is part of a national movement to unify and empower those who stand for women’s rights, human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all,” organizers say.
This year, Women’s March/LA organizers have created a strong list of speakers, starting at the kick-off rally in Pershing Square at 8:30AM, which is followed by the March at 10:00AM, leading to Grand Park where festivities are expected to end around 3:00PM.
The WomensMarchLA will be broadcast on Facebook Live where supporters can also donate to the cause. You can also follow on social media through @wmnsmarchla and using #hearourvote #powertothepolls and #wmla2018.
The speakers—who’s theme will getting voters to the polls—are expected to include: Scarlett Johansson, Chloe Bennet, Rowan Blanchard, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, and Alfre Woodard.
Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge are also set to perform.
Other special guests include Mayor Eric Garcetti, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles President & CEO Sue Dunlap, Black Lives Matter’s Melina Abdullah, ACLU of Southern California Executive Director Hector Villagra, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, and more.