Saying it shows his commitment to openness, President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural committee today unveiled a searchable database of donors.
"This tool demonstrates the new administration's commitment to changing business-as-usual in Washington, DC," John W. Rogers, Jr., a committee co-chairman, said in a statement.
The online database will include information on any donor who gives at least $200 and will be updated regularly, with information on each new donation appearing within 48 hours, the committee said. .
It also announced that, for the first time, it will disclose information on donors who bundle contributions for the inaugural committee, including the amount they have bundled, which will be capped at $300,000 for individual bundlers.
Individuals are restricted to $50,000 each, and the committee is not accepting money from corporations, political action committees, labor unions, current federally-registered lobbyists, noncitizens, or registered foreign agents.
The biggest-dollar donors so far include John F. Cogan Jr. of Cambridge, former chairman and managing partner of what is now the WilmerHale law firm, and Paul Egerman of Weston, chairman of eScription, and his wife Joanne.
The list also includes actress Halle Berry, actor Jamie Foxx, and financier George Soros.
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