- The Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee, and other GOP groups are accepting donations from dozens of people who claim to be linked to the QAnon conspiracy, which the FBI sees as a domestic threat.
- QAnon, an unfounded conspiracy theory that claims a liberal, devil-worshiping pedophile syndicate secretly controls national affairs and is only stopped by President Donald Trump, has taken root among some right-wing Republicans and is thriving on social media.
- Donations from people who claim to be employed by QAnon may violate federal electoral law, which expressly forbids making “materially false, fictitious or fraudulent” statements to a federal authority.
- Trump has described QAnon supporters as "people who love our country" and "like me very much, which I really appreciate". The president has also confirmed QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is expected to win a Congressional seat in Georgia, as a "future Republican star."
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QAnon is a conspiracy theory via a liberal, devil-worshiping pedophile syndicate that secretly controls national affairs and is only stopped by President Donald Trump. The FBI considered It is a threat to domestic terrorism.
But the Trump campaign and several Republican political committees, including the Republican National Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee, have collectively accepted at least 80 submissions from people claiming to work for or otherwise be associated with QAnon, according to an inside analysis of the federal campaign's financial records indicates.
The money is modest – a few thousand dollars combined – in the middle of an election season measured in billions. The donations can still hurt Federal Election Actwhich prohibits making false or fictitious statements or representations to any government agency. This includes listing the employer as "QAnon" who is not a job.
Several political donors claiming employment or affiliation with QAnon did not respond to inside phone and email inquiries for explanations.
Reached by phone, confirmed Lutreashea Keith of Williamsburg, Virginia Manufacturing several small Contributions that year on the Trump campaign and RNC, but hung up when asked why she listed her employer as "QAnon".
A Trump donor who provided $ 140 for the re-election of the president identified his employer as "QAnon" and his job as an "agent."
Another "QAnon" employee listed his occupation as a "soldier" while some others referred to himself as a "digital soldier" or "patriot" of QAnon. Some others named either their employer or their occupation as "WWG1WGA" – an abbreviation for the QAnon slogan we go one we all go. "
The Trump campaign, RNC, and NRSC didn't respond to multiple inside messages asking what they were up to with the donations. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign declined to comment.
The Trump campaign has recently picked up QAnon supporters, if not the conspiracy theory itself.
In August, Trump described QAnon supporters as "people who love our country" and "like me very much, which I really value". The president also confirmed QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene as a "future Republican star" who is all but certain to win a Georgia congressional seat.
The QAnon theory has grown in popularity in recent months and spawned "save the children". Rallies organized across the country by far-right believers in its collection of unsubstantiated allegations, including the Believe that prominent Democrats run a huge underground network for child trafficking.
First, Republican MP Liz Chaney from Wyoming, described QAnon as "dangerous madness that should have no place in American politics". House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in August that "there is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party."
Violate federal election law?
The Trump campaign and Republican political committees could be federally audited to accept donations allegedly linked to QAnon.
The Bundestag Electoral Commission warns political actors of violations Federal Election Act by "knowingly and intentionally making material false, fictional, or fraudulent statements or representations to any federal agency," including the FEC.
FEC Regulations Another mandate that a political committee "must demonstrate to the FEC that it has made the best efforts to obtain identifying information about contributors," said agency spokeswoman Judith Ingram.
At the very least, political committees should clean up their public campaign funding records with incorrect information if they are made aware of this and use their "best efforts" to gather and submit accurate information, said Kenneth Gross, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Law Firm Flom LLP, who previously headed the FEC's enforcement department.
Failure to comply could result in a fine, at least if the FEC has enough commissioners to enforce laws to fund civil campaigns, which it no longer does today.
The FEC can report an alleged electoral law violation to the Department of Justice if it believes there has been a violation of the electoral law, although the DOJ rarely pursues small-dollar issues related to political donors.