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SUBSIDIZING SEDITION

On January 6, 2021, President Trump and his allies in the Senate incited a violent mob that sought to take over the U.S. Capitol as Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Participants in the attempted coup in Washington, D.C. first joined Trump at a rally in support of overturning the election results. After the events of the day unfolded, a handful of senators and more than 100 Republican House members still voted to object to the certification of the 2020 presidential election, repeating false claims of election fraud.

In the days after this violent attack on democracy, corporations and organizations pledged to halt political donations to those who voted to overturn the presidential election. However, many of these corporations have supported the same entities and groups behind the assault on government.

Accountable.US uncovered the huge corporate donors who supported this deadly insurrection by funding the rally’s organizers.

WHICH GROUPS WERE BEHIND THE RALLY?

The so-called “March to Save America” was a joint effort by a number of right-wing organizations that receive funding from the conservative movement’s deep-pocketed corporate donors, including:

  • The Rule of Law Defense Fund
  • Turning Point USA
  • Women for America First
  • Tea Party Patriots
  • The Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
  • Moms for America
  • The Black Conservatives Fund
  • Peaceably Gather
  • The Eighty Percent Coalition
  • Stop The Steal
  • WildProtest.com

Without massive corporate donations and wealthy individuals backing their cause, these groups wouldn’t have the resources to attract hundreds of violent insurrectionists to our Capitol. Exactly who is responsible for funding these attacks?

The Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), the organization that pressed supporters to march on the Capitol via robocalls, received nearly $1.7 million in donations from huge utility companies and the Judicial Crisis Network in recent years.

Entity
Donation
Year
Notes
Edison Electric Institute $25,000 2014 The Edison Electric Institute is the industry association that represents utility companies.
Judicial Crisis Network $435,000 2014 Judicial Crisis Network is a dark money group which seeks to advance the presence of right wing actors in the SCOTUS.
Edison Electric Institute $25,000 2016 The Edison Electric Institute is the industry association that represents utility companies.
Judicial Crisis Network $450,000 2017 Judicial Crisis Network is a dark money group which seeks to advance the presence of right wing actors in the SCOTUS.
Judicial Crisis Network $700,000 2018 Judicial Crisis Network is a dark money group which seeks to advance the presence of right wing actors in the SCOTUS.
Alabama Power Company Employees Federal PAC $25,000 2020 PAC for Employees Of the Alabama Power Company – an electric utility in Alabama.
TOTAL: $1,685,000

The RLDF operates as a fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)—who, in just the first three quarters of 2020, took over $15 million in donations from large corporations.

Entity
Total Contribution
The Concord Fund/Judicial Crisis Network $2,748,000
US Chamber Institute For Legal Reform $500,000
Karen Wright – Ariel Corporation $500,000
Thomas Rastin – Ariel Corporation $500,000
Koch Industries Inc $375,000
Altria Client Services $275,000
Rex Sinquefield $250,000
Miriam Adelson $250,000
Sheldon G Adelson – Las Vegas Sands Corporation $250,000
Comcast Corporation $200,315

 

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Tea Party Patriots, whose co-founder Jenny Beth Martin shared photos of herself attending the rally, received $4.29 million from just one donor since 2016—shipping supplies magnate Dick Uihlein.

Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 9/21/17 $1,000,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 9/15/20 $800,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 8/26/16 $500,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 10/4/16 $500,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 1/12/18 $500,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 10/26/16 $415,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 4/17/18 $250,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 7/2/18 $200,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 4/8/16 $50,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 7/19/17 $50,000
Uihlein, Richard E. ULINE 1/19/16 $25,000

 

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Women for America First, whose name was on the permit for the March to Save America, has kept from disclosure all but one donation—that one was a $25,000 contribution from America First Politics, a non-profit organization with close ties to Donald Trump.

Donor Name
Recipient
Amount
America First Politics
Women for America First
$25,000

The Black Conservatives Fund received their biggest donations from one source—right-wing megadonors, The Mercer Family, who contributed $215,000.

Donor Name
Recipient
Amount
Date
Mercer, Robert Black Conservatives Fund $150,000 11/26/14
Mercer, Robert Black Conservatives Fund $60,000 12/20/16
Mercer, Robert Black Conservatives Fund $5,000 11/21/14

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The details on all the major corporate donors with known ties to this violent attack are available in Accountable.US’ report, The Groups Behind Capitol Riots Are Funded By Mainstream Conservative And Corporate Donors