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Top Trump donor funded rally that preceded US Capitol riot, reports WSJ

Bodycam footage shows rioters attacking police during insurrection A major Trump supporter funded the rally before the Capitol siege
Deanna Wagner | 03 February, 2021, 23:17

Conspiracy theorist and host Alex Jones also contributed money to the rally, The WSJ reported. The nation's preeminent conspiracy theorist reportedly then connected with Publix grocery store heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli, who spent $300,000 on organizing the speeches meant to somehow overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The daughter of the Publix supermarket chain founder George W. Jenkins, with the help of the conservative radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, allegedly provided the "lion's share" of cash to stage the $500,000 demonstration in Washington's Ellipse where the former USA president spoke, according to The Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, Jones personally pledged more than US$50,000 in seed money for the rally in exchange for a speaking slot of his choice. Fancelli's $300,000 donation covered the lion's share of costs for the Trump rally at the Ellipse, which amounted to $500,000.

"The violence at the Capitol on January 6 was a national tragedy", the chain's statement continued.

"Helmet Boy", as Mr Alam became known, allegedly used a helmet to smash the window to the Speaker's Lobby in the US Capitol, which connects to the House of Representatives. Ms Fancelli could not immediately be reached.

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In a statement, Publix Super Markets said it could not comment on Fancelli's actions. Social media activists had long pushed for some sort of confrontation on the date in question because that was the day the U.S. Congress does a formal, symbolic, and legally critical count of Electoral College votes. Alexander reportedly worked with Caroline Wren, a fundraising official who helped to organize and fund the event on Fancelli's behalf.

Faulkner, from Whitehall, made a call to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to surrender on Jan.13, a week after the deadly insurgency led by supporters of former President Donald Trump, prosecution documents show.

Fancelli, the daughter of the Publix Super Markets founder, donated more than $980,000 to a joint account for Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican Party, the Journal notes.

Fancelli, who has a home in Lakeland, also served as president of her father's charity, the George Jenkins Foundation, according to 2019 tax filings.

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