REVEALED: Heir to Publix Super Markets chain bankrolled MAGA rally before Capitol riot with $300,000 donation alongside Alex Jones who gave $50,000 to event that was organized by Trump supporter who charged $730,000
- Julie Jenkins Fancelli, heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain, has been revealed as the top donor to the January 6 MAGA rally in D.C.
- She gave $300,000 in a deal orchestrated by Alex Jones
- The money was donated through Trump fundraising official Caroline Wren
- Wren and her firm were paid $730,000 by the Trump campaign and a joint GOP committee in the 2020 election cycle
- Jones himself gave $50,000 to the event in exchange for a top speaking slot
The main donor behind the Washintgon D.C. ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that sparked a riot on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 has been revealed as the heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain.
Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent Trump donor, pledged $300,000 to the MAGA rally in an arrangement set up by far-right show radio host Alex Jones.
Fancelli’s donation funded most of the event, which cost $500,000 in total to run.
After being initally arranged by Jones, Fancelli tapped Caroline Wren, a top fundraising official on the Trump 2020 campaign, to organize and fund the rally on her behalf.
According to records, Wren and her fundraising consultancy firm were paid $730,000 by the Trump campaign and a joint GOP committee in the 2020 election cycle.
Jones himself also contributed more than $50,000 in seed money to the event in exchange for a ‘top speaking slot of his choice’, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Julie Jenkins Fancelli (pictured above), a prominent Trump donor, pledged $300,000 to the MAGA rally. She is the heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain
The deal orchestrated by Alex Jones (pictured left), who also gave $50,000 to the event. Fancelli tapped Caroline Wren (picture right), a top fundraising official on the Trump 2020 campaign, to organize and fund the rally on her behalf
Few details had previously emerged of the backers of the MAGA rally, held at Washington’s Ellipse on the morning of January 6, which descended into chaos and violence.
Several pro-Trump groups had organized various events around D.C. that day with the main Ellipse event led by Women for America First.
Wren has now been identified among the main organizers, alongside Ali Alexander, a far-right activist and leader of the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement.
Alexander had used social media to identify January 6, the day Congress would vote to certify the Electoral College votes, as a key protest date as he pushed the unfounded claims that the election had been stolen from Trump.
‘DC becomes FORT TRUMP starting tomorrow on my orders!’ he wrote in a tweet.
In an earlier tweet in December he had also claimed ‘If they do this, everyone can guess what me and 500,000 others will do to that building’ while speaking about the Electoral College vote at the Capitol.
Both Alexander and Jones and pushed claims that the election was stolen for weeks in their online commentary and urged others to continue to protest.
On the day itself, Alexander’s ‘Stop the Steal’ group had organized a seperate protest outside of Capitol buildings, according to the Wall Street Journal.
While Jones spoke at the main event, he also attended a break-out rally the night before, at which he also spoke.
Former President Trump also spoke at the January 6 rally and he has since been impeached for the second time, after being accused by the Democrat-led House of inciting violence.
They claim he encouraged a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol by telling them in his speech to ‘fight like hell’ against the election result.
The ‘Stop the Steal’ rally itself had remained peaceful but after it finished thousands of Trump loyalists marched toward the U.S. Capitol to break their way in.
Five people died in the following violence, four of whom were Trump’s own supporters.
This is a developing story and will be updated.