According to ProPublica, Wren told another rally organizer that she had “parked” funds with dark money groups supporting the event, and she routed approximately $150,000 from Fancelli to the Republican Attorneys General Association’s Rule of Law Defense Fund, which later purchased a robocall telling Trump supporters to come to D.C. and march on the Capitol after the president’s speech.
On January 6, prior to the rally, Guilfoyle and Don Jr. gathered with Trump in the Oval Office, when she “indulged the fantasy that [Mike] Pence would help overturn the election results,” according to The Washington Post. Of the throngs of people assembling at the Ellipse, Guilfoyle reportedly told the president, “They’re just reflecting the will of the people. This is the will of the people.” Later, in a speech introducing Don Jr., she told the crowd: “We will not allow the liberals and the Democrats to steal our dream or steal our elections.” Don Jr. followed that by telling lawmakers set to certify the Biden’s Electoral College win, “You have an opportunity today. You can be a hero, or you can be a zero. And the choice is yours. But we are all watching. The whole world is watching, folks. Choose wisely.”
Guilfoyle’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, denied to ProPublica that his client had anything to do with fundraising or approving rally speakers, claiming the text from Guilfoyle “did not relate to the Save America rally” and that the “content of the message itself” was “inaccurate” and “taken out of context.” (He did not respond to follow-up questions from the outlet about the accuracy and context of the message.) Pierson declined to comment and Fancelli did not respond to requests for comment. In a statement released to ProPublica by her attorney, Wren said she helped to produce the rally but did not share further details about her fundraising role.
In related news, over the weekend January 6 committee chairman Representative Bennie Thompson said the panel has “some concerns” about possible financial fraud by Trump and his allies around the insurrection. “It’s highly concerning on our part that people raise money for one activity and we can’t find the money being spent for that particular activity,” he said. “So we’ll continue to look at it and the financing is one of those things we will continue to look at very closely.”
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