The Republican Association of Attorneys General (RAGA) – the top Republican law enforcement officers for their states – helped organize the terrorist mob that illegally stormed and occupied the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. The group’s “nonprofit” fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), appears in a list of groups “Participating in the March to Save America” along with Stop the Steal, Turning Point Action, Tea Party Patriots, and others.
The liberal investigative watchdog group Documented first reported the RLDF’s connection to Wednesday’s events.
The RLDF sent out a robocall to activists with very specific instructions about how they could participate in what turned out to be a deadly riot in which five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, were killed, lawmakers were terrorized and the Capitol was vandalized.
The call said: “The March to Save America is tomorrow in Washington D.C. at the Ellipse in President’s Park between E St. and Constitution Avenue on the south side of the White House, with doors opening at 7:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal. We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight to protect the integrity of our elections.” The call provides a web address, MarchtoSaveAmerica.com, and concludes: “This call is paid for and authorized by the Rule of Law Defense Fund.” That website appears to have been taken down.
The current chairman of RAGA is Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. He and the group’s executive director Adam Piper insist that they and other leaders of RAGA had no involvement in the effort, instead blaming it on lower level staff of RLDF.
That denial of responsibility was dismissed by the Democratic Attorneys General Association, which issued the following statement:
“The continued peddling of conspiracy theories and pandering to President Trump’s dangerous lies by the Republican Attorneys General Association, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, and some current and former Republican Attorneys General has gone unchecked for too long. Current and former Republican AGs have been directly involved with efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election, and now the party of so-called ‘law and order’ played a role in recruiting the domestic terrorists who breached the U.S. Capitol to attack Vice President Mike Pence for doing his Constitutionally-mandated job to certify the Electoral College.
“RAGA, RLDF—and the Republican AGs who blindly take their support—have no legal or moral ground on which to stand here: the organization paid for robocalls to recruit attendees, it was listed as a sponsor of the event, its former Chair spoke at the rally that incited a mob, and former GOP AG Josh Hawley led the effort in Congress to undermine the election.”