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Republican AG’s Jan 6th Donations Reveal Trump’s Hold Over Them

Republican AG’s Jan 6th Donations Reveal Trump’s Hold Over Them

A key group of Republican attorneys general donated $150,000 to co-sponsor the January 6th rally where Donald Trump pushed his false claims of election fraud before the Capitol attack, which may draw new scrutiny from the House Select Committee investigating the events leading up to the riot.

The group – a part of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) called the Rule of Law Defense Fund – has attracted strong criticism from watchdogs and ex-prosecutors even as Raga looks forward to next year’s midterm elections and many of its members are fighting on numerous fronts against Joe Biden’s agenda.

WASHINGTON D.C., USA – JANUARY 6: US President Donald Trump speaks at “Save America March” rally in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The controversy around Raga appears to be yet another way that Trump and his supporters have increased their grip on more mainstream elements of the Republican party, and involved them in efforts to further their agenda.

The controversies about RAGA’s rally activities come as the group has received a hefty $5.5m from the dark money Concord Fund since the start of 2020, which can help Republican attorneys general in the 2022 elections, and as many Republican attorneys general including Paxton have filed lawsuits to block President Biden’s energy, immigration and vaccine policies.

Asked about RAGA and its big donation for the rally, a House select committee spokesperson told The Guardian that it “is seeking information about a number of events that took place in the lead-up to the 6 January attack, including details about who planned, coordinated, paid, or received funds related to those events”.

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