resident Obama's inaugural committee has decided to accept unlimited corporate donations to help fund Obama's second inauguration, reversing a decision from four years ago. The move drew criticism for a president who has vowed to limit the influence of outside money on Washington. The committee is still barring lobbyists and political action committees from donating. They are also establishing a system for vetting the corporate donations, and won't accept money from corporations that accepted stimulus funding and haven't paid the money back, for example. Since Jan. 20 – the day the 20th amendment of the Constitution says a president's term begins – is a Sunday, Obama will be sworn in during a small private service. The next day there will be a public swearing in, the inaugural address, a parade, and a series of official Inaugural balls.
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