Trump campaign megadonor Julie Jenkins Fancelli — whose family Forbes ranked as the 39th richest in America in 2020 – reportedly donated $150,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association, in part to help promote a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to The Washington Post — an amount that comes on top of a previously reported $300,000 donation she made to the organizers of the rally.
The Trump supporter donated $150,000 to the nonprofit arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, Rule of Law Defense Fund on December 29, The Washington Post reported based on records shared with it.
The Republican Attorneys General Association conducted a robocall campaign to invite Trump supporters to march on the Capitol to “call on Congress to stop the steal,” The Washington Post reported.
Fancelli also gave $300,000 to pro-Trump Women for America First that organized a rally in which former President Donald Trump appeared, the records show, according to the Post, backing up an earlier reporting by the Wall Street Journal on the donation.
Fancelli did not respond to the Post’s requests for comment, nor to a request for comment from Forbes’ made to Publix.
Caroline Wren, a former official for Trump campaign’s fundraising committee, coordinated Fancelli’s contributions to the two groups, the Post said.
$8.8 billion. That’s Forbes’ estimate of the net worth of the Jenkins family in 2020. Fancelli’s father, George Jenkins, founded Publix in 1930. Employees own 80% of the company, which is the largest employee-owned company in the U.S.
The House select committee has subpoenaed Wren and the leadership of Women for America First for their involvement in the rally that led to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, the Post reported. Wren’s lawyers told the Post that Wren was an “event planner,” who “assisted many others in providing and arranging for a professionally produced and completely peaceful event at the White House Ellipse” where Americans gathered to “lawfully exercise their first amendment rights.” The Post’s report reveals a bigger role Fancelli played in the lead up to the Jan. 6 rally. In February, the Wall Street Journal reported she helped pay $300,000 for the Ellipse event, which the Journal said was a “lion’s share of the roughly $500,000 rally.” Fancelli donated $997,300 to Trump Victory, according to Federal Election Commission records.