Microsoft donates to Obama's second inauguration

Microsoft has donated money to President Barack Obama's second inauguration organizing committee.

When President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term on Jan. 21, Microsoft will help pick up the check for some of the festivities.

According to a report by Reuters, Microsoft is one of about 400 donors who will be providing funds for the president's second inauguration. Most of the donors will be individuals, although this year Obama's organizing committee allowed corporations to donate money for the event, unlike his 2009 inauguration. In addition to Microsoft, AT&T also donated funds for the event, although exact amounts were not disclosed.

Besides the inauguration itself, the president is expected to attend two official inaugural balls, the Commander-in-Chief's Ball for the military and the Inaugural Ball for the general public.

According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Microsoft employees and political action committees gave more money to Obama's re-election campaign ($815,435) than employees and PACs of any other company. Additionally, Microsoft was the second-leading corporate contributor to the Democratic National Committee in 2012 with $568,274, behind only Time Warner's $663,923. Overall, more than 67 percent of Microsoft's political donations last year went to Democratic candidates.

Source: Reuters | Image via The White House

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