Attacking Police and Right Wing Extremism Right At Home in Today’s GOP
October 18, 2021
Every day we learn more about the extremism that the Republican Party not only indulges but actively coddles and embraces. New reporting this weekend from the Washington Post shows that the Republican Attorney Generals Association (ironically the top law enforcement agents in states) used a $150,000 donation from a Trump donor in part to recruit people to the violent January 6 assault on the Capitol and police officers.
Washington Post: Publix heiress, funder of Jan. 6 rally, gave $150,000 to GOP attorneys general association
- “A wealthy Trump donor who helped finance the rally in Washington on Jan. 6 also gave $150,000 to the nonprofit arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, records show, funds that a person familiar with the contribution said were intended in part to promote the rally. The nonprofit organization paid for a robocall touting a march that afternoon to the U.S. Capitol to ‘call on Congress to stop the steal.’”
- “On Dec. 29, Julie Jenkins Fancelli, daughter of the founder of the Publix grocery store chain, gave the previously undisclosed contribution to RAGA’s nonprofit Rule of Law Defense Fund, or RLDF, records reviewed by The Washington Post show. On the same day, the records show that Fancelli gave $300,000 to Women for America First, the ‘Stop the Steal’ group that obtained a permit for the rally featuring former president Donald Trump.”
- “After the 2020 election, many RAGA members joined with Trump in promoting baseless allegations of massive voter fraud. Seventeen of the 26 GOP attorneys general signed on to a brief asking the Supreme Court to reject the election results from four battleground states won by Biden.”