Updated: February 24, 2021
The January 6 rally in Washington D.C. that snowballed into a deadly riot and coup attempt was arranged and funded by a small group including a top Trump campaign fundraiser and donor facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday quoting the organizers.
The Journal said Mr. Jones personally pledged $50,000 in seed money for the January 6 rally in exchange for a guaranteed “top speaking slot of his choice, according to a funding document outlining a deal between his company and an early organizer for the event.
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The Wall Street Journal added: “Mr. Jones also helped arrange for Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to the Trump campaign and heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain, to commit about $300,000 through a top fundraising official for former President Trump’s 2020 campaign, according to organizers. Her money paid for the lion’s share of the roughly $500,000 rally at the Ellipse where Mr. Trump spoke.”
The publication quoted the organizers as saying that Ms. Fancelli tapped the fundraising official, Caroline Wren, to handle fundraising for the Ellipse event.
Ms. Fancelli donated more than $980,000 in the 2020 election cycle to be a joint account for the Trump campaign and Republican Party, WSJ reported quoting records.