NEW: Dark Money Forces Who Funded Jan. 6 Insurgency Fund Glenn Youngkin
|NEW: Dark Money Forces Who Funded Jan. 6 Insurgency Fund Glenn Youngkin|
Today, new reports further highlight the extent of Glenn Youngkin’s connections to the January 6 insurgency. In the final sprint of his campaign, Youngkin relies on help from the very dark money forces who funded the murderous insurgency on Capitol Hill. It comes after Youngkin’s supporters pledged allegiance to an insurgency flag last week, and Donald Trump vowed that Glenn would do “all the things we want a governor to do.”
In response to this information, DPVA spokesperson Manuel Bonder issued the following statement:
“Glenn Youngkin has repeatedly pledged allegiance to Donald Trump, and now some of the most powerful and pro-insurgency black money forces are rushing alongside Glenn Youngkin in this campaign. They support Youngkin because he is everything. right on their agenda – and they have full confidence that if elected, Glenn will do exactly what Donald Trump says. He is not a governor at all.
See the full report here.
Salon: Billionaire donor who funded Jan.6 group is now pouring black money into Glenn Youngkin campaign
By Igor Derysh
A billionaire Trump donor who funded a group that marched on Capitol Hill before the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill is funding a black money group bolstering attacks by Virginia Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin on Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe.
The Republicans-aligned Restoration PAC launched new ads this week attacking McAuliffe, who served a previous term as governor, on crime rates. (Virginia’s unusual term limits limit governors to one term, but do not prevent them from running for re-election after leaving office.) The PAC spent $ 1.767 million to fund commercials against McAuliffe, making it by far the largest independent spending group in the race.
The group is funded almost entirely by Republican mega-donor Richard Uihlein, co-founder of Wisconsin shipping giant Uline. Uihlein contributed $ 24.5 million to the group in the 2020 election cycle, accounting for 97% of its funding, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. He invested an additional $ 1.5 million in the group in May, according to FEC documents.
Uihlein and his wife Liz are among the nation’s largest Republican donors, having given more than $ 65 million to former President Donald Trump, Republican candidates and conservative groups since 2019. The Uihleins have also donated $ 4.3 million of dollars over the past five years at the Tea Party Patriots, including $ 800,000 in October 2020, making them by far the biggest donors in the group. The Tea Party Patriots participated in the “March to Save America” rally that preceded the Capitol Riot and were one of 11 groups listed as part of the “#StopTheSteal coalition,” according to WBEZ. The group also helped Rep Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Who was accused by “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander of helping plan the rally, which Brooks has denied. Tea Party Patriots also contributed to the Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Who led objections to the certification of Electoral College results in the Senate.
Last month, the Restoration PAC also donated $ 942,000 to Women Speak Out Virginia – 2021, a PAC affiliated with anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List who launched a $ 1.4 million campaign to attack McAuliffe on abortion.
Uihlein’s foundation also contributed $ 275,000 to Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point action, a Trump booster, between 2014 and 2016. The group was listed as participating in the Capitol protest and Kirk was awarded the deserves to have “sent more than 80 buses full of patriots to Washington to fight for this president”. in a tweet since deleted.
Turning Point Action has also already received $ 50,000 from the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative black money group that has helped Trump fill federal courts with conservative judges and lobbied to restrict the vote. The group also funds the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), giving it $ 2.1 million last October and a total of $ 12.7 million since 2014. RAGA’s fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, sent robocalls urging supporters to “walk to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the theft” on January 6.
The Judicial Crisis Network has several legal aliases that it uses for other initiatives, including The Concord Fund and Free to Learn Action. The latter group launched a million-dollar advertising campaign focused on “critical race theory” in schools, an issue that Youngkin and other conservatives have grappled with. The group is spending $ 1 million attacking McAuliffe for arguing that parents should not dictate school curricula.
The Judicial Crisis Network is also closely aligned and staffed with the Judicial Education Project and its Honest Elections Project, a conservative initiative pushing voting restrictions. The Judicial Education Network is almost entirely funded by the Donors Trust, a black money group supported by the Koch Network. Donors Trust in 2019 gave more than $ 20 million to at least a dozen groups who would later question the election results. Last year, the Honest Elections Project announced a six-figure advertising campaign fueling fears of a “brazen attempt to manipulate the electoral system for partisan purposes” even before the elections took place.
Youngkin has tried to take stock of Trump’s electoral lies as he attempts to consolidate his Republican base without alienating independent and suburban voters in this increasingly blue state. He refused to recognize President Biden’s electoral victory while seeking the Republican nomination, only doing so after having already triumphed over his Republican rivals. And while Youngkin has said he would have voted to certify the election results, he nonetheless calls for an “audit” of voting machines in Virginia (which the state is already doing) and to strengthen electoral conspiracy theorists.
Youngkin, the former CEO of private equity firm Carlyle Group, is also Virginia Wins’ main funder, contributing $ 1 million to support Republican candidates in the ballot races. The PAC routed tens of thousands of candidates who attended the Stop the Steal rally, arranged transportation for others to attend the event, defended rioters on the Capitol or pushed electoral conspiracy theories, reported Mother Jones Thursday.
Youngkin did not respond to a request for comment.
“It is no surprise that some of the most powerful and pro-insurgency black money forces are rushing alongside Glenn Youngkin in this campaign,” said Manuel Bonder, spokesman for the Virginia Democratic Party, in a statement to Salon. “They are supporting Youngkin because he is right on their agenda – and they have full confidence that if elected, Glenn will do exactly as Donald Trump says. He does not belong to the governorship at all. . “