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Shocking Betrayal of Americans


The Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), a 501(c)(4) arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), helped organize the protest preceding the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol that took place on January 6, 2021.

As a 501(c)(4), RLDF is not required to reveal its donors. RLDF has received at least $175,000 from the Koch-backed Freedom Partners. Other RLDF donors include Judicial Crisis Network, the Rule of Law Project, and the Edison Electric Institute.

RAGA is a 527 political organization that helps elect Republican attorneys general and can accept unlimited contributions from wealthy individuals and corporations. As previously reported by Documented, RAGA received significant funding from numerous corporations in 2020, including Koch Industries ($375k), Comcast Corporation ($200k), Walmart ($140k), Home Depot ($125k), Amazon ($100k), TikTok ($75k), 1-800 Contacts ($51k), Chevron ($50k), The National Rifle Association ($50k), Monsanto ($50k), Facebook ($50k), Fox Corporation ($50k), Uber ($50k), Coca Cola ($50k), Exxon ($50k), and Google ($25k).

RLDF appeared in a list of groups “Participating in the March to Save America” alongside entities including Stop the Steal, Turning Point Action, Tea Party Patriots and others.

RLDF also sent out a robocall detailing where and when the protest would take place.

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by Anonymousreply 15Last Thursday at 9:34 AM

“I’m calling for the Rule of Law Defense Fund with an important message,” the robocall stated. “The march to save America is tomorrow in Washington D.C. at the Ellipse in President’s Park between E St. and Constitution Avenue on the south side of the White House, with doors opening at 7:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on congress to stop the steal. We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight to protect the integrity of our elections. For more information, visit This call is paid for and authorized by the Rule of Law Defense Fund, 202-796-5838.”

RLDF’s role in organizing the protests, which turned into a violent mob attack inside the Capitol, is ironic given its 2020 election campaign warning of “lawless liberal mobs” burning down buildings and committing violence. The campaign, dubbed “Lawless Liberals”, came in the aftermath of the largely peaceful protests following the murder of George Floyd by police and the shooting of Jacob Blake.

“The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)’s five-month Lawless Liberals video campaign repeatedly warned Americans about the dangerous reality of lawless liberals run amok in cities across the country,” RAGA said in a statement.

by Anonymousreply 101/08/2021

Republican attorneys general have been heavily involved in efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after Joe Biden was declared the winner, Republican attorneys general filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that sought to reject some mailed ballots in the state of Pennsylvania. Republican attorney general Ken Paxton–who has been embroiled in bribery, abuse of office and other criminal allegations–filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding four battleground states and alleging unconstitutional changes to their voting laws before the 2020 election. Prior to the protests, Paxton appeared on Fox News and said he hoped to be at both rallies.

RAGA and Republican attorneys general issued statements denouncing the violence. “The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the Republican attorneys general (AGs) stand together to condemn the violence, destruction, and rampant lawlessness occurring at the U.S. Capitol today. These actions are an affront to the rule of law, our Constitution, and our American political discourse.”

RLDF, which helped organize the protest, has not made a statement at the time this report was published.


15 days to go until Election Day 2020! Voters will be sure to elect @RepublicanAGs who will protect your communities, safeguard your freedoms, and defend the rule of law from #LawlessLiberal mobs. #MAGAwithRAGA #JobsNotMobs 8:50 AM · Oct 19, 2020

by Anonymousreply 201/08/2021

Crickets? I’m sad now because this story is a very big deal and reveals a key into a specific area of our political systems that must be changed — we cannot allow dark money, and we need to cap campaign spending too.

Oh well, ole thread, I tried to give this story the attention it deserves, but there is some seriously stiff competition out there too.

by Anonymousreply 301/08/2021

It's helpful documentation, OP, but by no means "shocking". Everyone is just worn out by 4 years of this dismal state of affairs.

by Anonymousreply 401/08/2021

For sure r4, and I am too. This just happens to be one of my seasons where I’m able to process more information— I took a break for quite a while, a few months. It *is* draining

by Anonymousreply 501/08/2021

I'll wait until it gets reported by a mainstream news organization (and maybe it will be, soon!).

"Shocking Betrayal of Americans" sounds tabloidy.

by Anonymousreply 601/08/2021

But Mr. Koch said that he has changed and had “ learned his lesson.” Surely this is incorrect!

by Anonymousreply 701/08/2021

These fucking corporations who donated to this bullshit need to held to account.

They donated to overthrow the government. Every last CEO of these places needs cunt punted to lockup.

by Anonymousreply 801/08/2021

has Walmart responded?

by Anonymousreply 901/09/2021

Somebody wants a pardon!

[quote]**BREAKING: Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is the Only Attorney General Unwilling to Condemn the Violent Insurrection at the US Capitol One Week Ago** - Texas Democrats on Twitter

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by Anonymousreply 1001/13/2021

There were adverts saved from Twitter and Parler (now deleted of course) that advertised free bus, priority entry and free hotel room to anyone who came. Explains some of these young neckbeard looking guys eating at The Willard that night.

by Anonymousreply 1101/13/2021

Interesting thread on Twitter about what groups were there

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by Anonymousreply 1201/13/2021

Betrayal is by those who decided that power, greed and political expediency was more important than doing the right thing or standing against hate and lies.

Republican elected officials

Right Wing Media

Some of Mainstream Media

Social Media

Law Enforcement Extremists

by Anonymousreply 1301/13/2021

[quote]Florida @ AGAshleyMoody served on the board of directors of the Rule of Law Defense Fund.

[quote]On the eve of the deadly #TrumpInsurrection, the conservative group sent out robocalls urging Trump supporters to join efforts to overturn the election by force.Face with symbols over mouth

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Thursday at 9:32 AM

[bold]Florida’s Ashley Moody worked with group linked to Capitol insurrection[/bold]

After Trump supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol, the Republican attorney general scrubbed the Rule of Law Defense Fund, where Moody served on the board of directors, from her online biography.

For more than a year, the official state website for Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said the Republican is “recognized as a national leader” among her peers.

Until a few days ago, the website supported this claim by mentioning Moody’s appointment to the board of directors for a conservative organization now facing blow back for its role in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last week: The Rule of Law Defense Fund.

On the eve of Wednesday’s uprising, the Rule of Law Defense Fund sent out robocalls urging supporters of President Donald J. Trump to join what was, by this point, an escalating movement to overturn the election by force.

more at link

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by Anonymousreply 15Last Thursday at 9:34 AM
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