Former President Donald Trump’s political fundraising operation reported disbursing more than $ 4.3 million since the start of the 2020 election cycle to individuals and businesses who staged the January 6 rally which preceded the attack on Capitol Hill, according to a report released Monday by the government watchdog. OpenSecrets.
The extent of Trump-related funding and organizational support for the January 6 rally is not yet fully known, but the report reveals a powerful push funded by Trump supporters to deny the presidential election results. And more could be uncovered soon as the House select committee investigating the Capitol Uprising takes a deep dive to uncover the actors behind the day’s events, their activities, and those who funded them.
The committee last week demanded a mine of documents related to the attack on Capitol Hill, including social media posts, phone records from Republican lawmakers, and information from the Trump White House and executive agencies, including the Department of Justice and the FBI.
GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren is named in one of the House’s subpoenas for information, according to OpenSecrets. She was on the list of “VIP advisers” on the permit granted by the National Park Service for the January 6 rally. Wren was paid at least $ 170,000 last year as the Trump campaign’s national finance consultant to the joint fundraising committee, called the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, according to records tracked by OpenSecrets.
The House committee also requested documents relating to Women for Trump Co-chair Gina Loudon, who spoke at the rally. In addition, he requested documents related to Amy Kremer, co-founder of Women for America First, which was funded by the “black money” group America First Policies and submitted the rally permit files to the National Park Service.
Letters related to Dustin Stockton, co-organizer of the rally, were also requested by the committee, according to OpenSecrets.
Stockton told ProPublica earlier this year he was concerned about the possible dangers of the hastily planned march to the Capitol at the end of the rally, saying it “seemed dangerous”.
Stockton said he expressed his fears to Katrina Pierson, a former spokesperson for the Trump campaign who is said to have served as a liaison between the White House and rally organizers. Stockton said he and Kremer then went to see White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, which Kremer denied. Meadows declined to confirm whether he had been contacted about these concerns.
Megan Powers, one of the two operations managers listed on the Jan.6 protest permit, received some $ 300,000 as the director of operations for the Trump campaign, according to OpenSecrets. The Make American Great Again PAC paid Powers an additional $ 20,000 for “administrative counting consultations” this year. She was not named in a House subpoena, according to OpenSecrets.
Companies linked to the Jan. 6 rally and paid for by Trump’s fundraising network include Event Strategies Inc., which was named in the rally permit and reportedly employed two of the rally’s organizers. The company has received more than $ 2.5 million since the start of the 2020 election. According to OpenSecrets, approximately $ 800,000 of that amount came from Trump’s Save America executive PAC and Make America Great Again Action. MAGA Action made a payment to the company this month, according to Federal Election Commission files filed on August 26.
Limited liability company American Made Media Consultants received some $ 222,000 by Trump’s common fundraising committee for text messaging on January 6 alone, OpenSecrets reported. The Trump campaign and the Trump MAGA committee spent more than $ 771 million through the company during the 2020 election cycle, according to federal records.
The campaign’s non-partisan legal center lodged a complaint with the FEC last year, alleging that the Trump campaign’s network of contractors were in fact made up of “shell” companies used to “launder” payments to secret recipients, including a member of the Trump family.
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