Washington, D.C. — Reporting in the Washington Post reveals that rich Trump donor Julie Jenkins Fancelli, heir to the Publix grocery chain fortune, gave $150,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association’s (RAGA) Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF) just a week prior to the January 6th rally. Fancelli’s RLDF donation came the same day she gave $300,000 to Women for America First, the right-wing group behind the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the violent insurrection attempt.
In response to the news, Accountable.US released the following statement renewing its calls for the House select committee to demand that key RAGA members testify about the group’s role in the deadly attack on the Capitol:
“This is another reminder that unless Congress hears from key members of RAGA, the public won’t have the full story behind the deadly assault on our nation’s Capitol on January 6th,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Congress needs to get to the bottom of whether RAGA was asked directly to help recruit seditionists by people in Donald Trump’s orbit, including big donors. The House select committee must subpoena key members of RAGA in order to finally get the answers it needs to hold accountable all those involved in this horrific chapter in our nation’s history.”
The day before the insurrection, RLDF sent out robocalls with a message instructing individuals to march to the Capitol and “call on Congress to stop the steal.” To this day, Alabama Attorney General and RLDF Chair Steve Marshall still maintains that he doesn’t know who authorized and paid for the robocalls, and has failed to clarify his whereabouts leading up to and directly following the insurrection.
Leading up to the attack, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a frivolous lawsuit in an attempt to overturn the results of the election. Despite Paxton’s lack of evidence, 17 other attorneys general supported the case, including RLDF Chair Steve Marshall and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who would later be named RAGA chairman. The lawsuit was tossed out by the Supreme Court for lack of standing. Paxton was also a headlining speaker at the rally that took place before violence erupted at the Capitol and told the crowd “we will not quit fighting.”
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