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Capitol Insurrectionists Are Fundraising Online to Pay Lawyer’s Fees

Capitol Insurrectionists Are Fundraising Online to Pay Lawyer’s Fees

Trump supporters and members of far-right extremist groups who took part in the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars from online crowdfunding sites by portraying themselves as maligned American patriots, martyrs, and “political prisoners”.

Several of the highest-profile participants in the “Stop the Steal” rally and the subsequent insurrection which attempted to disrupt Joe Biden’s certification as US president are raising substantial sums on fundraising sites. They include members of the far-right Proud Boys and many of the other individuals being detained in a Washington DC jail, awaiting trial for allegedly attacking police officers during the Capitol siege.

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Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.  (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The cash-generating platform of choice for the insurrectionists is GiveSendGo, which bills itself as the “#1 Free Christian Crowdfunding Site.” As of Friday, it was hosting 96 individual fundraising appeals relating to prosecutions following the Capitol insurrection. Four of those appeals have each raised more than $100,000 for their subjects.

One fundraising page for 40 or so alleged insurrectionists who are being held in pre-trial custody has so far raised more than $268,000. Created by a group calling itself The Patriot Freedom Project, it says the money will go to support “1/6ers” and their families who are being “politically persecuted for standing up to what they believe was a fraudulent election”.

The Guardian details several of these fundraising efforts, including the infamous “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley and Richard Barnett, who was photographed with his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the riot.

Despite the videos and photos that prove otherwise, insurrectionists are drastically rewriting history in their descriptions of their fundraisers. They borrow heavily from the Trump-influenced messaging that the MAGA faithful have used to spin the January 6th riot from what it was – a violent attempt to overthrow the democratic results of the 2020 presidential election on behalf of Donald Trump – into the lie that it was a “peaceful and patriotic protest” to uphold voter integrity or a “regular tourist visit” gone wrong.

Read the full profile at The Guardian.

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