Details of the money behind Jan. 6 protests continue to emerge - 2021-10-25
New details of how a top fundraiser for former President Donald Trump's campaign "parked" funds with groups that helped organize the Jan. 6 rally before the Capitol attack shine light on the coordination between seemingly independent groups and the role of Trump campaign officials.
Caroline Wren, a top fundraiser for Trump's campaign who was listed as a "VIP Advisor" on the permit granted by the National Park Service for the Jan. 6 rally, reportedly boasted of raising $3 million for the protest before the Capitol riot. She then "parked" funds with two "dark money" groups that helped organize the protest and a closely-tied super PAC, ProPublica reported last week.
"Parking" funds across multiple groups can give the appearance of more widespread support from multiple independently-operating organizations and makes it more difficult to trace the source of funds.
The strategy "added a layer of confidentiality for the donor and offered institutional support for the 6th," Dustin Stockton, a Republican operative who helped Women for America First organize the rally, told ProPublica.