A branch of the Republican Association of Attorneys General, representing a national group of senior law enforcement officers in their state, issued a phone call to encourage people to go to the U.S. Capitol the day before the pro-Trump mob attacked the building.
The recorded voice said: “At 1:00 pm, we will march into the Capitol and call on Congress to stop theft.” The recorded voice comes from NBC News.
The Republican Association of Attorneys General’s fund-raising agency, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, issued these calls, which neither promote violence nor suggest that the building should be destroyed.These groups share funds, employees and office space in Washington, DC
The head of the fund, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, said in a statement to NBC News that the calls were made without his knowledge.
“Although I am currently transitioning to my role as the newly elected chairman of the RLDF, this is unacceptable. I have neither consulted nor informed about these decisions. I have conducted an internal review of this matter.”
A website promoting gatherings was established before the Capitol invasion, which listed the Rule of Law Defense Fund as one of the participating organizations. This website has been taken down.
Republican Association of Attorneys General Executive Director Adam Piper and Fundraising Agency Executive Director Peter Bisby did not respond to requests for comment on the robot phone. This is the first report by the watchdog organization “documented organization.”
The president of the Republican Association of Attorneys General, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, said he “knows nothing about this decision.”
Spokesperson Katie Byrd said: “Attorney General Carl has been working hard to determine how this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
“The position of the protesters is inconsistent with Attorney General Carl’s position on election fraud. And, as he has been saying since seeing the news breaking moments, the violence and destruction we have seen in the U.S. Capitol is unacceptable. And non-American.”
The Republican Association of Attorneys General raised more than $18 million in 2020 from several top companies, including Pepsi, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Comcast, the parent company of NBC News. Its supporters also include interest groups such as the NRA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The latter is the largest donor country in 2020 with a donation of $750,000.
Many companies that donate to the Republican Prosecutors’ General Conference also donate to the Democratic Party. Some people told NBC News that spending money to protest against fundraising runs counter to the purpose of their donation.
The Chamber of Commerce made a comment, and Harold Kim, the director of the Law Reform Institute of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued a statement.
He said: “We are shocked by the invasion of the capital on Wednesday and do not support any efforts by the Rule of Law Defense Fund.” “We do not support any similar activities now and will not in the future.”
A Microsoft spokesperson said: “We condemn the actions taken by the RLDF and raise our concerns directly with RAGA. Earlier this week, we discussed the violence in the US Capitol with others in the business world.”
A spokesperson for JPMorgan Chase stated that its Political Action Committee donated US$25,000 to the Attorney General’s Panel, but none of the donations went to the Rule of Law Defense Fund.
The spokesman said: “The PAC donations we provide to the Republican Party and the Democratic Attorney Generals Association are strictly used for the attorney general’s campaign.”
Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC (Cherokee Nation Businesses LLC) donated $150,000 in 2020. It stated that it has requested that its sponsorship be returned to the Republican General Conference of Prosecutors immediately and that the organization has an obligation.
Spokesperson Brandon Scott said: “We don’t understand the relationship between RAGA and the Rule of Law Fund, nor do we know any connection between the rioters on January 6 and the storm in the U.S. Capitol.”
“The Cherokee Nation Commercial Corporation does not tolerate these behaviors and strongly condemns the insurgents and all those who use words and deeds to incite the collapse of the federal government.
Melaleuca, an online health shopping club, will donate US$290,000 to the Republican General Conference of Prosecutors in 2020.
The company said in a statement: “We are shocked by the events that have swept the U.S. Capitol,” “We have never contributed to the Rule of Law Defense Fund. RAGA assured us that none of our donations to RAGA were provided to the Rule of Law Defense Fund. “
Pepsi, NRA and Comcast did not respond to requests for comment.
The spokesperson of the Republican Association of Attorneys General did not answer questions about the automatic call, but tried to distance the organization from the incident.
The spokesperson said: “The Republican Attorney General’s Office and the Rule of Law Foundation did not participate in the planning, sponsorship or organization of Wednesday’s event.”
“No Republican stock company authorized employees to decide to expand the speech of colleagues at the event. We strongly condemn and deny the incident both organizationally and personally.”
One of its members, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (Ken Paxton) attended the rally and said to the crowd: “We will not stop fighting.”
After the Capitol invaded, he tweeted: “Today, I am very disappointed with the election proof, but I don’t think violence is the answer.”
Paxton’s office did not respond to a request for comment.