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President Trump, who has moved quickly to sweep aside environmental regulations he says curtail US energy production, took in more than $8 million from energy interests to help underwrite his January 20 inauguration, according to a USA TODAY analysis of a newly filed inaugural report.

A press release announcing the fundraising total called Trump's inaugural "one of the most accessible and affordable inaugurations for the public in recent history".

Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of National Football League owners poured into Donald Trump's inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts - to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. The committee has not disclosed how much of the money it has spent.

Although this information was revealed through disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, it did not mention how much money was left over or how it would be spent (although Trump's inaugural committee did say it would try to find charities to whom they could donate it). The Armed Services Ball was free.

The slimmed-down affair, which inaugural chairman Tom Barrack said aimed to capture the "soft sensuality" of Washington, raises questions about whether Trump spent the entire sum.

Energy companies and executives donating to Trump's inaugural committee include Exxon Mobil, which contributed $500,000 in January and Clifford Forrest, the founder of Pennsylvania-based coal-mining company, Rosebud Mining.

As part of winding down the inaugural committee, the organization said it plans to identify charities that will receive donations from excess money in its account.

The total is almost double the record set by President Barack Obama eight years ago. "You don't give this kind of money to get a few tickets to inaugural balls", he said.

The inauguration offered donors who had held back during the presidential campaign a chance to show belated support for the incoming president.

Numerous companies that donated to Trump, a Republican, have significant matters pending before the USA government or have been invited to White House events.

The official filing, which is due by the end of Thursday, had not yet appeared on the FEC website as of late Tuesday.

Trump's $107 million fundraising total is "an terrible lot of money - it's roughly what we spent on two", said Steve Kerrigan, who was CEO for Obama's inaugural committee in 2013 and chief of staff in 2009. He lifted those caps in 2013, when he raised about $43 million for a lower-key event.

President George W. Bush, for example, capped gifts at US$100,000 in 2001 and at US$250,000 in 2005.

In the past, questions have been raised about Trump's follow-through on his commitments to make charitable donations.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, owned by Adelson, became the first major newspaper to endorse Trump for president in 2016.

Sheldon Adelson attending the fourth Annual Champions Of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York City, May 5, 2016.

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