Donald Trump’s failed re-election campaign paid more than $2.7 million to individuals and firms behind the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol two weeks ago, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
A permit granted by the National Park Service to pro-Trump non-profit group ‘Women For America First’, to host their ‘Save America rally’ on Jan. 6 near the White House, listed a number of individuals who had been paid thousands of dollars by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
Among those listed in staff positions for the event was Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former special envoy to Northern Ireland who quit after the Jan. 6 riot. Maggie was listed as the “VIP lead”. According to her LinkedIn profile she was a director of finance operations and manager of external affairs for the Trump campaign. She was paid at least $138,000 by the Trump campaign through November 2020, according to Center for Responsive Politics.
Megan Powers, who was listed as one of the operations managers on the permit was paid $290,000 by the Trump campaign between February 2019 through November 2020 working as the campaign’s director of operations.
Caroline Wren was paid $170,000 by the Trump campaign working as their national finance consultant for its joint fundraising committee. She was listed on the permit as a ‘VIP Advisor’.
The Trump campaign paid the largest sum of money to Event Strategies Inc. They received $1.7 million. The firm is owned by Justin Caporale, the Trump campaign advance director and Tim Unes, both of whom were listed on the permit as ‘project manager’ and ‘stage manager’ respectively.
Event Strategies Inc. was also paid $2.1 million from 2018 to 2019 by Trump-affiliated dark money group ‘America First Policies’. The firm also provides funding for Women for America First, the pro-Trump group that submitted the permit for the rally in the first place.
We may never know the full extent of the Trump campaign’s ties to the Jan. 6 riots that left five people dead including a police officer, because of their use of shell companies which hides details of the campaign’s financial dealings.
Trump received bipartisan condemnation for the riot and was subsequently impeached for a historic second time by a bipartisan majority in the House.