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.
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.
Clearly irate & yelling over the roar of his plane’s engines, Lindell argued that if the predominantly Republican state attorneys general ultimately refuse to sign onto his Supreme Court filing, the pillow baron—never one to back down from a delusional pursuit—has a backup plan. https://t.co/4P4ScIlD19
— Nicole Hodges (@nicoleshodges) November 23, 2021
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.
It is worth noting that the Missouri attorney general, Eric Schmitt, is making an active effort to be the Republican poised to succeed Roy Blunt in the Senate. Keeping Kevin Strickland in prison burnished Schmitt’s “law and order” rep, even though crucial facts were NOT heard. https://t.co/oscNfvn43V
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) November 23, 2021
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”.
Republicans only won Texas’ AG seat by 3% in 2018…this disastrous primary is very bad for the Republican Attorneys General Association.
Don’t sleep on AG races across the country (30+ in 2022)—they have national & democratic implications in the years that follow their elections https://t.co/QttpkFwnTH
— Brandon Richards (@BrandonRichards) November 23, 2021
Read the full in-depth profile at The Guardian.