Trump supporters walk by a homeless woman on their way to a rally in Washington, DC on the morning of January 6, 2021
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A low-profile wealthy heiress to the Publix supermarket is under scrutiny over January 6.
Julie Fancelli reportedly gave $650,000 to organizers of January 6 rallies, the Washington Post reported.
The company distanced itself from Fancelli’s donations, telling the Post it was “deeply troubled.”
Julie Fancelli, an heiress t0 the popular Publix supermarket chain, lives a low-key life out of the public eye mainly in Italy. But the 72-year-old is now coming under scrutiny by the House Select Committee investigating the money trail behind the January 6 insurrection, the Washington Post reports.
Fancelli, a prominent high-dollar donor to Republican groups and causes, gave at least $650,000 to groups that organized the rallies in Washington protesting Congress affirming President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory and spent money urging Trump supporters to attend such rallies, based on new tax records revealed by the watchdog group CREW and the Post.
Fancelli gave $200,000 to a group called State Tea Party Express that went to ads encouraging Republicans to protest at the Capitol on January 6, tax filings obtained by the Post show. That sum is on top of a previously reported $300,000 donation to Women For America First, one of the organizers of the January 6 rally at the Ellipse, and a $150,000 donation to a nonprofit offshoot of the Republican Attorneys General Association.
The supermarket chain is now distancing itself from Fancelli’s donations under the mounting scrutiny from Congress. As Publix is a private company, it is unclear how large of a stake Fancelli holds in the company, as the Post noted. Fancelli, one of Publix founder George Jenkins’ seven children, has never worked directly for the company or served on its board.
The company said in a statement to the Post that it “cannot control the actions of individual stockholders” and is “deeply troubled by Ms. Fancelli’s involvement in the events that led to the tragic attack on the Capitol on January 6.”
Fancelli did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment to email addresses associated with her. She seldom speaks publicly about her political involvement but said in February that she “would never support any violence, particularly the tragic and horrific events that unfolded on January 6th.”
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