The Wall Street Journal reports:
The rally in Washington’s Ellipse that preceded the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was arranged and funded by a small group including a top Trump campaign fundraiser and donor facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones. Mr. Jones personally pledged more than $50,000 in seed money for a planned Jan. 6 event in exchange for a guaranteed “top speaking slot of his choice,” according to a funding document outlining a deal between his company and an early organizer for the event.
Mr. Jones also helped arrange for Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to the Trump campaign and heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain, to commit about $300,000 through a top fundraising official for former President Trump’s 2020 campaign, according to organizers. Her money paid for the lion’s share of the roughly $500,000 rally at the Ellipse where Mr. Trump spoke.
Read the full article. This is the second piece of bad publicity for the Florida-based grocery giant, which this week garnered an exclusive vaccination contract after donating $100,000 to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign committee.
NEWS: Alex Jones played a greater role than previously known in organizing the Jan 6 rally where Trump told supporters to go to the Capitol, helping bring in a top Trump donor—a Publix heiress who gave $300K—who worked w/a Trump fundraiser on the event. https://t.co/L0cgC5hG9i
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 30, 2021