WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's team is starting to organize his second inaugural--likely to be more modest than the first, I'm told.
The executive director of the Obama 2013 "PIC," the presidential inaugural committee will be--unless there is a last minute switch--Stephen Kerrigan, who was the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Kerrigan was the chief of staff for Obama's 2009 inauguration.
The finance director for the 2013 "PIC" will be Elizabeth Lowery, who was the deputy director of finance for the Obama 2012 campaign.
To be decided: will the Obama 2013 "PIC" take contributions from corporations or political action committees and reverse its self-imposed 2008 ban?
On Nov. 25, 2008, the Obama team announced: "The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced today that it will abide by an unprecedented set of limitations on fundraising as part of President-elect Obama's pledge to put the country on a new path. Unlike previous inaugural committees, the PIC will not accept contributions from corporations, political action committees, current federally-registered lobbyists, non-U.S. citizens and registered foreign agents. The PIC will not accept individual contributions in excess of $50,000. Current law does not restrict the size of donations. In past inaugurations, contribution limits have run as high as $250,000."
Three committees run inaugural activities:
1. The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee coordinates all military organizations involved in the ceremonies.
2. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), a panel headed by House/Senate leadership, runs events at the Capitol, where the swearing-in takes place.
3. The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) funds and organizes a variety of festive events associated with the inaugural; concerts, balls, etc.