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Patriot Front, a fascist hate group that held a march in Washington D.C. late last year, is now disrupting the annual anti-abortion March for Life.
As reported by The Daily Beast's Zachary Petrizzo, dozens of Patriot Front members barged into the March for Life on Friday and began chanting while other anti-abortion marchers did their best to keep their distance from them.
As the Patriot Front members chanted slogans, some counter-demonstrators could be heard yelling back, "F*ck you, Nazis!"
As the march started, Patriot Front walked along with other marchers while carrying a banner that read, "Strong Families Make Strong Nations."
"The ‘March for Life’ has been derailed by the white nationalist and neo-Nazi hate group Patriot Front," commented Petrizzo as he documented the event.
According to the Washington Post's Ellie Silverman, Patriot Front members at some point split off from the larger March for Life and were escorted by D.C. police through the city before arriving at the Gallery Place Metro near the Smithsonian American Art Museum on H Street.
Silverman notes that counter-protesters yelled at police for giving them an escort instead of arresting them after they broke off from the permitted path of the March for Life.
Watch some videos of Patriot Front below.
The white nationalist organization now appears stuck in the middle of the march route.pic.twitter.com/rNsmFSeJMy— Zachary Petrizzo (@Zachary Petrizzo) 1642789851
DC Police appear to be escorting them away from the March for Life. They\u2019re now on 6th St NW, passing Indiana Ave NW\n\nCounterprotesters continue to follow them, yell at them to to home and criticize police. \n\n\u201cJust like J6, they walk right in,\u201d one counterprotester yelledpic.twitter.com/3EPgtLGj9T— Ellie Silverman (@Ellie Silverman) 1642793331
The white nationalist group \u2018Patriot Front\u2019 has arrived in DC and is now at the head of the \u2018March for Life\u2019 as it is about to begin.pic.twitter.com/yfKsqnTCS9— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1642790381
GOP's Louie Gohmert said he’d run for Texas attorney general if he could raise $1 million in 10 days. He didn’t get close.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, promised in November that he would run for attorney general if he could raise $1 million in 10 days. And while he eventually entered the race, claiming he met his goal, a new campaign finance report shows he did not come close.
In fact, he did not even top $1 million in contributions until the final day of the reporting period, at least based on the dates of the contributions reported.
"I'm Louie Gohmert, and it's my honor to let you know that we have reached our initial goal of raising $1 million in order to start a run for Texas attorney general," Gohmert said in a Nov. 23 video.
Gohmert insisted Thursday that he did reach his goal, saying he spent those 10 days securing "both contributions and commitments."
"Getting all of the money in house took more time, but we got it just as we were promised and just as we promised," Gohmert said in a statement.
Gohmert's fundraising haul became public this week, when state candidates filed their campaign finance reports covering the last six months of 2021. In the hotly contested Republican primary race for attorney general, the incumbent, Ken Paxton, and his three challengers, raised over $9 million combined as Paxton was outraised by one of his opponents, Eva Guzman. He still has $7.5 million cash on hand, more than double his closest opponent in that category.
Guzman, a former justice on the Texas Supreme Court, raked in $3.7 million during the latest period, covering July 1 through Dec. 31, and Paxton received $2.8 million, according to reports that were due Tuesday to the Texas Ethics Commission. Another Paxton challenger, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, collected $1.9 million, while Gohmert — who entered the race later than his opponents — reported raising just over $1 million.
Guzman was helped tremendously by support from Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the powerful tort reform group; its allied donors; and other top Texas GOP contributors that have backed her from the beginning. About 70%, at or least $2.6 million, of her haul came from TLR, which gave $600,000, plus five individual givers.
The primary is the most closely watched one on the statewide level as Paxton looks to fend off the three challengers who are assailing his integrity and ability to do the job amid a raft of legal problems. Paxton has been indicted on securities fraud charges since months after he took office in 2015, and he has come under FBI investigation over allegations from former top deputies that he abused his office to help a wealthy contributor. He has denied wrongdoing in both instances.
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Paxton for reelection — and headlined a December fundraiser for him that brought in over $750,000, according to Paxton's team. The campaign filed his most recent report late, citing technical issues, and said it was still working to disclose all contributions from the period. The campaign said that the totals on the report were correct.
Despite the competitive fundraising among the primary candidates, Paxton still enjoys the largest campaign account balance in the primary. While he has $7.5 million saved up, the next closest opponent is Bush, with $3.2 million.
Gohmert announced on Nov. 9 he would enter the primary if he could raise $1 million in the next 10 days. His report shows he only got roughly $27,000 by Nov. 19. Plus, a $100,000 donation that pushed him over $1 million — from a political action committee called Save Texas Now — did not come in until Dec. 31.
Gohmert didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gohmert's top donors were state Rep. Mayes Middleton, the Wallisville Republican who chairs the Texas Freedom Caucus, and another House Republican, state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth. Middleton gave Gohmert $300,000 personally, and Krause gave $250,000 out of his campaign account. Krause had been running for attorney general as well but dropped out around the time Gohmert got in. Both Krause and Middleton, who had been Krause's top donor, expressed support for Gohmert at the time.
As for Guzman's donors, the top individuals each gave $500,000. They included Richard Weekley, TLR's senior chair; Harlan Crow, a Dallas real estate developer; and Robert Rowling, a Dallas hotelier.
Paxton's largest contributor over the six-month period that was disclosed was Michael Porter, a leading Texas GOP donor from the Hill Country, who gave $100,000.
Disclosure: Texans for Lawsuit Reform has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
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