At Least 21 Former GOP Operatives Involved with Groups That Planned January 6th “Stop the Steal” Rally
Accountable.US released the third in a series of reports on “Subsidizing Sedition”, a project focused on exposing those who aided and abetted the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. The new report found that at least 21 key members of the groups that helped plan the “Stop the Steal” rally leading to the Capitol riot have been Republican party operatives and/or Trump surrogates, nine of whom worked directly for Donald Trump and members of his administration. The report comes as prominent Republican members of Congress and state Republican parties have claimed that “antifa” and the left were behind the assault on the Capitol, calling it a “false flag.”
Among the key findings of the new report:
One of the most aggressive “Stop the Steal” movement organizers was Rule of Law Defense Fund — an arm of the Republican Attorney Generals Association (RAGA) – which made robocalls driving bodies and would-be seditionists to a march on the Capitol the day before the deadly insurrection. Adam Piper, RAGA’s former Executive Director who “spearheaded” the RLDF and resigned following the riots, was a South Carolina GOP official, and a senior staffer for Mike Huckabee and Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaigns. And Lee Russell, RAGA CFO and former RLDF treasurer, was a longtime staffer with stints at major GOP campaign committees such as the NRSC and the Republican State Leadership Committee as well as the Mississippi State Republican Party.