The six Republican congressional representatives who allegedly sought pardons following the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol have collectively raised more than $18 million during the 2022 election cycle.
Jorja Siemons, writing for Open Secrets, notes that the half-dozen includes Pennsylvania 10th congressional district representative Scott Perry (R-York), along with Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
The Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol has alleged that all six reached out to former President Donald Trump and his team to request pardons.
Perry has been linked to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows in a series of meetings and text messages in the days leading up to the attack. Perry, who has rebuffed a subpoena to testify from the committee, has denied knowledge and involvement.
The House Freedom Fund, a conservative PAC that has funneled over $1 million to support GOP House candidates, remains Perry’s top donor with $196,000 channeled through the fund.
While Democratic challenger Shamaine Daniels has raised only a fraction of Perry’s total donations at under $15,000, the incumbent has seen a decline from past campaigns.
He has brought in approximately $1.6 million through mid-year after pulling in nearly $4 million in 2020. Club for Growth, the economy-focused conservative PAC, has not contributed to Perry’s campaign thus far, after funneling nearly $115,000 to the 60-year-old York Countian in 2020 and just under $100,000 in 2018.
Taylor Greene leads the sextet, raising $9.28 million this cycle, while Gaetz is a distant second at $4.65 million. Brooks is next at $3.0 million, followed by Perry, Biggs and Gohmert.
Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Meadows, testified late last month that this list of six is largely made up of attendees at a Dec. 21, 2020, White House meeting where Trump and Meadows strategized how to overturn the election results. She testified that Perry requested a pardon, which he has denied.
“At no time did I speak with Miss Hutchinson, a White House scheduler, nor any White House staff about a pardon for myself or any other Member of Congress,” Perry said in a statement.
Trump’s political operation and Republican Party committees have paid over $12.6 million to individuals and firms that organized the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol since the start of the 2020 election, a new OpenSecrets analysis found.