Report: Trump Campaign Connected To Funding Of Capitol Riot Rally
As those who attacked the Capitol building in D.C. on January 6th begin to face hearings, the FBI continues to investigate the origins, planning, and funding. Now a new report traces millions of dollars back to an unsurprising source — the Trump Campaign.
Before the Capitol rally on January 6th turned deadly, right-wing organizers boasted about their involvement in planning and funding. Charlie Kirk tweeted, and later deleted, a boast about sending 80 busloads of Trump-supporting protestors to the Capitol to try to pressure Congress into overturning the election, for instance.
Now a Bloomberg report shows that multiple entities — nonprofits, individuals, and organizations — that funded and organized the rally that turned into an attack, received funding from the Trump Campaign.
Trump campaign officials were also named on the rally permit, and the Trump Campaign paid for event planning:
The biggest recipient of campaign funds according to the report, was Event Strategies Inc., which was paid more than $1.7 million by Trump’s campaign and joint fundraising committee. The firm’s owners, Justin Caporale and Tim Unes, served as rally production manager and stage manager, respectively.
Of course, it would be expected that the same right-wing groups and individuals who have a relationship with the Trump Campaign would also have a hand in organizing events to support him. What remains to be clearly proven is whether the attack, not just the protest, was planned in advance, and if so, what individuals and organizations had a hand in that, and how much the then-president knew in advance.