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Julie Fancelli, the Publix supermarket heir and #1 Alex Jones fan

Further light shed on the role of wealthy donors on January 6 riot

I wasn’t in Washington, D.C. during the Capitol insurrection of January 6, 2021, but the vibe was unmistakable from the news footage. I mean, someone erected a gallows outside of the Capitol building — this is not an ambiguous statement. More alarming than the extremists on display, however, were the extremists who chose to keep a low profile. Instead of wearing their usual uniforms, a number of militants — including known members of the Proud Boys neo-fascist militia — dressed in all black, kept a low profile, and seemed to direct the the mob towards (and into) the U.S. Capitol Building. While a large portion of the rally-goers were swept up in the moment, it appears that a disciplined few were leading the uprising with tactical precision. None of this could’ve happened if it wasn’t for the largesse of the wealthy donors and political operatives who ginned up the phony “stop the steal” movement and paid to good money to make the rally the event of coup season. To that end, Alex Jones put $50,000 of his money into the capitol rally and arranged for Julie Jenkins Fancelli, the 72-years-young Publix Super Markets heiress, to put in another $300,000. 

At least, that much we knew back in January. According to a report published in yesterday's Washington Post, Fancelli — an Alex Jones fan living in the Tuscan countryside — "quietly wired a total of $650,000 to three organizations that helped stage and promote" the January 6 rally in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post previously reported that on Dec. 29, 2020, Fancelli donated $300,000 to Women for America First, a nonprofit group that helped organize the Jan. 6 rally, and $150,000 to the nonprofit arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, which paid for a robocall touting a march to “call on Congress to stop the steal.”

On the same day, Fancelli gave $200,000 to State Tea Party Express, according to Sal Russo, a top consultant to the conservative group. Russo told The Post last week that he gave the House committee records of Fancelli’s donation, which he said was used for radio ads and social media urging supporters of President Donald Trump to attend the rally and subsequent march. He condemned the violence at the Capitol.

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According to the report, Fancelli struck up a relationship with the far-right shock jock after Trump lost the election — or, as Fencelli maintains, Trump had the election stolen from him by the Deep State. She worked with GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren and Kimberly Guilfoyle to fund the protest. As we know, Wren and Guilfoyle had their own roles to play in the attempted coup. 

SOURCE: The Washington Post