According to an exclusive report from the Wall Street Journal, a substantial amount of money that went to putting on the "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6th that turned into a riot at the U.S. Capitol came from a top Trump donor who funneled money through Infowars host Alex Jones.
According to the report, "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"
The report adds, "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."
The Journal adds that Jenkins Fancelli is a major donor to the GOP, stating she contributed "more than $980,000 in the 2020 election cycle to a joint account for the Trump campaign and Republican Party."
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A GOP gubernatorial candidate in Wisconsin is calling on Republicans to "hire mercenaries" to engage in "ballot harvesting" to win 2022 elections.
Rebecca Kleefisch, who served as lieutenant governor for eight years and is vying to unseat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers next year, made the comments on Saturday during a speech to Republicans in Door County, according to audio of her remarks obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The newspaper reported that Kleefisch "said the methods she needs to use to win bother her so much she will need to wash herself with steel wool."
"If her campaign strategy works, she said she would quickly sign legislation overhauling how elections are conducted," according to Journal Sentinel.
"We execute with excellence, we will beat them at their own game. And the next morning, we all wake up, take a shower with steel wool, and then, after swearing in in January ... (the Legislature) is going to pass all these bills again, and then I'm going to sign them all. And we will never do elections like that again, but this is how we win," Kleefisch said.
"If you are recording, I don't want you to put this part online to share with Democrats, OK? It is about election strategy," she added. "What I'm about to say may feel ugly to you guys."
According to the newspaper, Kleefisch then talked about "ballot harvesting" and hiring "mercenaries."
"Ballot harvesting in Wisconsin is not technically illegal," Kleefisch said. "Democrats do it non-stop and they go hard. Republicans must go harder."
"Democrats hire mercenaries," she added. "Republicans rely on sweet little volunteers to do the exact same things. We must hire mercenaries."
The newspaper notes that Kleefisch's comments came two weeks after she declined to say whether, as governor, she would sign a bill allowing the Legislature to overrule elections officials in deciding how to case the state's Electoral College votes.
CNN's Brian Todd on Tuesday offered a preview of President Joe Biden's impending meeting with Pope Francis, which he said would provide a contrast to past meetings the pope had with former President Donald Trump.
While talking about Biden's upcoming trip overseas, Todd said that the president and the pope have "a strong personal connection" that is "based on respect, faith, and dealing with loss."
Todd also explained that Biden, who is the first Catholic American president since John Kennedy, also shares views with Pope Francis on issues ranging from poverty to climate change.
Additionally, he said Biden met with the pope in 2015 shortly after he lost his son, Beau Biden.
Finally, Todd said to expect a contrast in how the pope dealt with Biden compared to how he dealt with his predecessor.
"Analysts say there is another reason Pope Francis will be happy to greet the president on Friday and that's because the president is not Donald Trump," he said. "Trump and Pope Francis had a strained relationship after Francis criticized Trump's plan to build a wall at the border saying, 'It's not Christian to build barriers.' Trump, of course, fired back calling Francis's comments 'disgraceful.'"
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On Tuesay, The New York Times reported that authorities in Santa Fe County, New Mexico are not ruling out criminal charges over the fatal gun accident on actor Alec Baldwin's movie set for "Rust".
"'We haven't ruled out anything," the district attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies, told the Times. "Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table."
The Times further notes that Carmack-Altwies said that "the investigation was focusing on ballistics in an effort to determine what kind of round was in the gun that killed Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer — and who had placed the ammunition in the gun."
This comes after a report that the assistant director on the set of "Rust," Dave Halls — who handed the gun to Baldwin shouting that it was "cold" even though it was in fact loaded — was previously fired from the set of "Freedom's Path" after another incident in which a gun he was responsible for securing accidentally discharged.
"Detectives are still interviewing people who were on the set, Ms. Carmack-Altwies said. 'It's probably weeks, if not months, of follow-up investigation that we're going to need to get to the point of charging,'" continued the report. "Ms. Carmack-Altwies said that she was aware of news reports suggesting that crew members had used guns with live ammunition for target practice hours before the fatal shooting, but said that the reports were 'unconfirmed.'"
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