Who is Julie Jenkins Fancelli? Julie Jenkins Fancelli is the daughter of Florida-based Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins (d. 1996) and a member of the Jenkins family – the 39th richest family in the country with a net worth of $ 8.8 billion, according to Forbes.
This GOP Megadonor and Publix Heir reportedly funded the Rally Before Capitol Siege
Trump campaign megadonor Julie Jenkins Fancelli heir to billionaire Publix fortune-donated the bulk of the funds that helped pay for a Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse in Washington, DC, which preceded the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to the Wall Street Journal .
Right-wing extremist radio host Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who has called Sandy Hook shooting a fake flag event, arranged for Fancelli to donate $ 300,000 for the event, according to the Journal.
Her donation reportedly represents the “brother” of the half-million in funding for the event, with former President Donald Trump urging supporters to “fight like hell” and saying “we need to get rid of the weak Congressman,” shortly before they stormed the Capitol.
A spokesman for Publix told Journal Fancelli not “representing the company in any way.”
Fancelli’s contribution was coordinated by Caroline Wren, a former official at Trump Victory – the Trump campaign’s joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee – who helped organize logistics and fundraising for the event, according to the Journal and ProPublica.
The event was intended as a last resort for “Stop The Steal” efforts, based on Trump’s baseless allegations the election was stolen through widespread election fraud. Other groups involved in the event included the young conservative group Turning Points Action and an arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association. Some of the event attendees marched to the Capitol and stormed the building in an attempt to stop lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory. Five people were killed during the riots.
$ 997,300. That’s how much Fancelli donated to Trump Victory, according to Federal Election Commission records. She donated another $ 525,900 directly to the RNC, $ 11,000 to the Trump campaign and $ 500,000 to the Trump-adjusted super PAC America First Action in the 2020 cycle, in addition to hundreds of thousands to state Republican parties and down-voting candidates like Sen Lindsey Graham (RS .C.) And Rep Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.).
Despite her support for Trump and “stop stealing” efforts, Fancelli gave in to a number of swing-seat Republicans who recognized Biden as the newly elected president early or voted against overthrowing the election, such as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) And Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), As well as Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) And Michelle Steel (R-Calif.).
Judd Legum, author of political newsletter Popular Information, noted that Publix donated to Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) And Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) – who both voted against Biden voters – but have not said whether it plans to join dozens of companies suspending political donations in the wake of Capitol attacked.
Although about 80% of Publix is owned by employees, the rest is owned by the Jenkins family, including billionaires Carol Jenkins and Howard Jenkins, as well as board chairman William E. “Ed” Crenshaw, grandson of George W. Jenkins. The family’s net worth has grown from $ 5.2 billion in July 2014 to $ 8.8 billion in December 2020.
A Wall Street Journal study has found a number of key allies former President Donald Trump – including right-wing media personality Alex Jones and Julie Jenkins Fancelli, heir to Publix supermarket fortune – helped fund the rally that preceded the storm at the US Capitol on January 6, leaving five dead.
According to journalists Shalini Ramachandran, Alexandra Berzon, and Rebecca Ballhaus, Jones pledged $ 50,000 of his own money to the event, and organized additional funds, including a $ 300,000 contribution from Jenkins Fancelli, a major GOP donor.
All in all, the rally cost about $ 500,000, according to the report. The event in which Trump promised never to give in to the November election of President Joe Biden – and whipped up supporters who later took over the Capitol – formed the basis of Trump’s second federal trial in the House of Representatives. Partly because of comments he made at this meeting, Trump has been accused of “inciting rebellion” and will soon face a trial in the Senate.
The Journal also reports that according to Federal Election Commission records, “at least five former Trump campaign employees” were involved in the logistics of the event. The demonstration was particularly lucrative for Trump fundraising official Caroline Wren, who was paid $ 730,000 throughout the 2020 election cycle for her and her firm to work on fundraising for the Trump re-election campaign team, according to The Journal.
Jones, a prolific conspiracy theorist who has helped advance many discredited claims, such as the idea that the Sandy Hook massacre was a scam, committed his funds in exchange for a talking slot at the rally. He ended up speaking the night before, at another rally, but promoted the January 6 event. Both demonstrations were demonstrations for the ongoing “Stop the Steal” movement, which erroneously claims that the presidential election was stolen from Trump.
Jenkins Fancelli’s donation was not linked to any speaking time, and was managed by Wren, who Jenkins Fancelli reportedly chose to coordinate the rally. In addition to his contribution to Jan. 6, Jenkins Fancelli donated nearly $ 1 million to the Trump campaign and the Republican Party in the 2020 election campaign.
Hosted by a group calling itself the “Women for America First,” the rally took place just south of the White House in an area known as the Ellipse, while congressional lawmakers gathered at the Capitol to certify the results of that election. In his remarks, Trump blew up Republicans he considered insufficiently loyal, including his own vice president, Mike Pence. He closed by urging the public to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to challenge these lawmakers directly.
That afternoon, hundreds of people had broken into the building, many waving pro-Trump flags, as well as other right-wing extremist emblems, such as the Confederate flag. Five people died during the chaos, including a police officer; two other police officers present that day have since died of suicide, and at least 140 officers were injured, some seriously.
Jones has not been charged with misconduct, and neither has Jenkins Fancelli.
Efforts to overthrow the election succeeded in activating Trump donors
The large sum of money raised for the January 6 rally is a sign of the fundraising push that surrounded the last months of the Trump presidency – overall, the former president’s opposition to the election result proved to be a lucrative fundraising opportunity.
In fact, Trump donors were motivated to contribute about $ 86 million to the Republican National Committee and to organizations directly affiliated with Trump between November 24 and December 31, 2020, according to an announcement Friday with the Federal Elections Commission.
Bloomberg first reported that according to WinRed, the online fundraising arm of the Republican Party, a total of $ 207 million was raised for Republican candidates and committees in the 19 days following the Nov. 3 election. Part of it went to competitive runoff elections for Georgia Senate seats, both of which the Philippine government lost.
But about $ 68 million raised went to Trump Make America Great Again, a joint fundraising committee that divides its intake between Save America, Trump’s Political Action Committee, and the RNC, according to Bloomberg. As Politico has noted, Trump has a great deal of legal flexibility in how Save America’s money can be used – from running ads in the upcoming elections to paying allies and family members for work.
Although it is still unknown exactly how Save America’s money will be spent, Trump is currently facing questions over his re-election campaign ties for the January 6 rally. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Trump re-election campaign in 2020 paid more than $ 2.7 million to organizations and individuals affiliated with the January 6 event. A significant portion of these donations were “dark money,” making it “difficult to know who paid for the campaign and when,” reporter Anna Massoglia wrote.
The Center for Responsive Politics also found that eight people were hired as either employees or contractors to organize the rally, using campaign funds. However, the campaign has said that it did not pay for the demonstration and that these people were not employed by the campaign on the day of the demonstration and its violent outcome.