A major Trump supporter funded the rally before the Capitol siege

Zachary Alam

Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a top donor to former President Donald Trump, gave about $300,000 to the "Save America" rally - more than half the cost of funding the event, the Journal said.

A Publix heiress contributed about $300,000 to a rally held by former President Donald Trump that preceded the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol, according to The Wall Street Journal. Trump fundraising official Caroline Wren, who helped coordinate the rally, was tapped by the Publix heiress to "organize and fund an event on her behalf", the newspaper said.

Mr. Jones personally pledged more than $50,000 in seed money for a planned January 6 event in exchange for a guaranteed "top speaking slot of his choice", according to a funding document outlining a deal between his company and an early organizer for the event.

Conspiracy theorist and host Alex Jones also contributed money to the rally, The WSJ reported.

All together, Fancelli donated an estimated $1 million to the Republican Party and Donald Trump's reelection campaign in 2020, according to RT.

Faulkner, from Whitehall, made a call to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to surrender on Jan.13, a week after the deadly insurgency led by supporters of former President Donald Trump, prosecution documents show. Crase said neither he nor Williams participated in any of the violence that day, but both men provided police with photos of themselves inside of the Capitol building during the siege. It's a populist movement threatening to disrupt the financial system to a degree Occupy Wall Street only dreamed of.

On 5 January, Alexander promoted the rally created to contest the 2020 election certification in his tweet: "DC becomes FORT TRUMP starting tomorrow on my orders".

Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fancelli could not immediately be reached for comment.

In an emailed statement to Insider, a spokesperson from Publix said "Mrs. Fancelli is not an employee of Publix Super Markets, and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way".

Publix Super Markets described the Capitol blockade on Twitter as a national tragedy and indicated that what happened did not represent the store chain's values, work, and opinions.

Fancelli, who has a home in Lakeland, also served as president of her father's charity, the George Jenkins Foundation, according to 2019 tax filings.

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