Pro-Trump group that helped organize Jan. 6 rally is raising money for its legal defense as it faces House probe

This Jan. 6, 2021 photo file shows Amy Kremer, Chairwoman for Women for America First speaking in Washington at a rally supporting President Donald Trump. Jacquelyn Martin | AP
An anti-Trump group organized a rally in the days before the Capitol Hill riots. Women for America First claims the fund will be used to finance the House select committee, which is investigating the insurrection. According to letters dated September 29, Amy Kremer and Kylie Jane Kremer were subpoenaed from the House committee. CNBC reported that the group was one the principal architects of the rally in front the White House, which preceded the attack at the Capitol. At the rally, Donald Trump, then-President of the United States, spoke and encouraged his supporters march on the Capitol. The group denounced Jan. 6 violence. Amy Kremer claimed that there was no insurrection that day. According to the fundraising page, donations to the fund will go directly to Women for America First to "cover legal fees and travel expenses to D.C." The group is fundraising through Give Send Go which promotes itself to be the best free Christian crowdsourcing site. The fundraising goal is $200,000. The site claims to have raised $15,000 in just 11 days.

Two subpoena letters compelled Amy Kremer (and Kylie Jane Kremer) to produce documents by October 13 and to appear at a deposition on October 29. It is unclear if the two leaders of this group have cooperated or not with the Committee. The Jan. 6 committee's spokesperson declined to comment. Women for America First's legal fund raising page provides insight into the specific requests of the committee. The page states that the committee has asked for THOUSANDS in documents since November 1, 2020, including information about our Stop The Steal rallies and March for Trump bus tours, as well as our three large DC rallies (11/14-12/12 & 1/6), along with testifying before them. The fundraising page states that they have requested every communication and document for 12 months from our team concerning two bus tours, three major events in DC, and other events across the country.

Pro-Trump protesters assemble in front of Washington's Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Getty Images

Representatives for Women for America First (and Give Send Go) did not respond to requests for comment. Women for America First, a nonprofit organization under the 501(c), is not required by law to disclose its donors. The crowdfunding campaign lists many donors names, including those who have connections to Trump, his campaign for reelection or his administration. Michael Caputo, a long-time friend of Trump and a former spokesperson for Trump's Department of Health and Human Services, donated $50 to the fund. Caputo confirmed that he was the fund's donor to CNBC. Caputo sent a text message on Tuesday to CNBC, saying that he knew Amy Kremer from her time co-founding Tea Party. He also said that he was the donor. Doug Fabick received a $1,000 donation. In 2017, former Vice President Mike Pence addressed employees at Fabick Cat, which is managed by Doug Fabick (a member of wealthy Fabick families). Pence also hosted the event. According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, Fabick had previously contributed to Trump’s reelection campaign as well as the Republican National Committee. After the Capitol Riot and a campaign of pressure from Trump, Pence confirmed Joe Biden's victory against Trump. CNBC did not reach out to Fabick to confirm if he was the contributor. According to the site, Jim Hoft donated $100. According to the site, his name matches the name of the Gateway Pundit founder. This conservative website features a pro Trump news section. Hoft launched "American Gulag," a project that aims to "provide sunshine and publicity for the scores of political prisoners wrongfully held as a consequence of the January 6th protest." Hoft is also fundraising money to support those who were arrested after the Capitol Riot. He also uses the Give Send Go crowdfunding platform. Hoft's donation page states that "We are raising funds for the families Jan. 6 political prisoners." Any amount raised beyond the amount required for our investigations will go towards legal fees and other expenses. The Hoft-backed fundraising campaign has raised just $28,000 so far with the goal to raise $50,000. Hoft didn't respond to my request for comment via his Gateway Pundit contact page.