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Reyes says no involvement in GOP group's robocalls that encouraged march on Capitol

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The Utah Attorney General's Office says Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes had no involvement or knowledge of controversial robocalls encouraging conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump to march on the U.S. Capitol. That march turned into a violent riot, leaving five people dead.

This comes as a large list of donors to a Republican group accused of making those robocalls, is revealed. That list includes some of the world's biggest companies, including Google, Facebook, and Walmart, as well as Utah-based companies doTerra, Vivint, and 1-800-Contacts.

The robocalls were made prior to the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riot at the Capitol by the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF), a conservative lobby group that Reyes headed as recently as just a few months ago. The exact dates of Reyes' leadership over the group is unknown but his office did confirm that he headed RLDF until "fall 2020.

One of the robocalls went out the day before the deadly pro-Trump mob attack at the Capitol. The call, which had a woman's voice on the line, was first reported by Documented, and stated:

I’m calling for the Rule of Law Defense Fund with an important message. The march to save America is tomorrow in Washington D.C. at the Ellipse in President’s Park between E St. and Constitution Avenue on the south side of the White House, with doors opening at 7:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on congress to stop the steal. We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight to protect the integrity of our elections. For more information, visit MarchtoSaveAmerica.com. This call is paid for and authorized by the Rule of Law Defense Fund, 202-796-5838.”

You can listen to the call below:

The RLDF, which is 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, is an arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), also a tax-exempt organization, which aims to elect Republican Attorneys General nationwide while lobbying to "promote the rule of law, limited government, legal reform, public safety, and the preservation of conservative values," the "About" section on RAGA's website says.

The Utah Attorney General's Office released a statement regarding the robocalls, saying Reyes was not involved with them in any way.

The statement reads:

A.G. Reyes was not involved in organizing the rally in Washington, D.C. He supports everyone’s rights to peacefully protest and, as stated previously, condemns in the strongest possible terms, all acts of lawlessness and violence at the Capitol Building last week.”

2News also reached out to Reyes' office, and Richard Piatt, a public information officer for the attorney general, said:

I do know that AG Reyes was not aware of any organization or encouraging participation in any rallies."

ENTITIES THAT DONATED TO REPUBLICAN ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSOCIATION

The Republican Attorneys General Association received funding from many top companies in 2020, according to Documented, a group which dubs itself a "watchdog group that investigates how corporations [are manipulating] public policy, harming our environment, communities, and democracy."

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That list of 235 entities includes Utah-based companies doTerra, Vivint, and 1-800-Contacts.

That list also includes these notable companies:

**See full list of 235 entities, and the amount donated by each, at the end of this story**

  • 1-800-Contacts
  • Aflac
  • Amazon
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Bank of America
  • Best Buy
  • CarMax
  • CenturyLink
  • Chevron
  • Coca-Cola
  • Comcast
  • DoorDash
  • doTerra
  • Dow Jones
  • EBay
  • Eli Lily
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Facebook
  • FedEx
  • Fox
  • General Motors
  • Google
  • Herbalife
  • Home Depot
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Koch Industries
  • Lowe's
  • Lyft
  • Mastercard
  • Microsoft
  • MillerCoors
  • Monsanto
  • Monster Energy
  • National Rifle Association
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Oracle
  • Pfizer
  • State Farm
  • TikTok
  • T-Mobile
  • Toyota
  • Tyson Foods
  • Uber
  • University of Phoenix
  • Verizon
  • Visa
  • Vivint
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • Yelp

CAPITOL VIOLENCE, ELECTION FRAUD LAWSUIT

On the day of the Capitol attack, Reyes condemned the violence, tweeting:

There is no place for violence in our political discourse, even over the most serious issues and disagreements. We are a nation of laws. This is not how Conservatives and Republicans behave. We are the party of law and order. We uphold the rule of law. This is unacceptable.— Sean Reyes (@SeanReyesUT) January 6, 2021."

Reyes isn't the only Republican attorney general connected to RAGA to deny knowing anything about the robocall. The current vice chairman of RAGA, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt denied knowing about the robocalls, issuing this statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Attorney General Schmitt absolutely had no knowledge of or involvement in the robocall, and condemns the violence that took place on Wednesday in the strongest possible terms, period."

RELATED: Hundreds of Utahns urge AG Sean Reyes to apologize for election lawsuit or step down

Reyes has been under fire since the Nov. 3, 2020 election for supporting President Donald Trump's baseless claims of election fraud, despite saying that he does not believe "all votes in the 2020 election are fraudulent."

Last month, however, Reyes took those unfounded election fraud claims to the Supreme Court by joining Utah to a Texas lawsuit which sought to overturn the 2020 election results.

The lawsuit was originally filed by Texas' attorney general, seeking to overturn the will of voters in four battleground states President-elect Joe Biden won. The suit questioned mail-in voting and whether the authority to control elections lies with state legislators or officials and courts. It also re-iterated unproven claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 General Election.

RELATED: Supreme Court rejects lawsuit attacking Biden victory that Utah AG supported

At the time the lawsuit was filed in early Dec. 2020, Reyes said:

As I said when we joined Texas, this case is not about a single candidate or election. This case was always about who has authority over the election process, how that exercise of authority impacted the current election and how it will affect future elections."

The case, which was criticized by local leaders such as former Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, was quickly thrown out by the conservative-controlled Supreme Court.

In Dec. 2020, a petition was started on Change.org to remove Reyes from office for doing so. More than 27,000 people have signed the petition, which is still active.

THE RULE OF LAW DEFENSE FUND (RLDF) AND RELUBICAN ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSOCIATION (RAGA)

The RLDF is on a list of groups supporting the "March to Save America," which led to the pro-Trump mob storming the U.S. Capitol, leaving five dead including a police officer.

That list appeared on the website MarchToSaveAmerica.com, which has since been taken down.

Web archives of the website, however, show that RAGA was listed as a "coalition partner" for the march, while the RLDF was listed as "participating in the March to Save America." Despite being listed as involved on the march's website, both RAGA and the RLDF deny any involvement in planning or organizing the march.

RAGA's involvement in organizing the event, which led to mob violence, property destruction, and death, stands in stark contrast to previous statements made by the organization recently, which includes a website that campaigns against "liberal lawlessness."

RAGA also released this anti-lawlessness YouTube video on Aug. 28 2020:

RAGA tweeted this on Oct. 1. 2020:

This week RAGA released a new digital ad, “Antifa is an Organization,” that juxtaposes @JoeBiden's words during the presidential debate with the reality that #LawlessLiberal mobs made up of Antifa supporters are burning down buildings and committing violence in America cities."

On Nov. 18, 2020, RAGA released this statement regarding the "danger of lawless liberals:"

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)’s five-month Lawless Liberals video campaign repeatedly warned Americans about the dangerous reality of lawless liberals run amok in cities across the country. RAGA is resurrecting the series today with a new video, 'You Were Warned,' highlighting real footage of conservatives being attacked by leftists last weekend in Washington, D.C. during the 'Million MAGA March.' Throughout its video series, RAGA has repeatedly warned that the violence being perpetrated by Democrats would continue even after the Presidential Election. The Republican attorneys general are America’s strongest defenders against the continued anarchy and lawlessness and will keep the country on a constitutional path.

You can watch “You Were Warned” here:

The statement continues:

The new ad features a reprise of Kamala Harris threatening the nation by stating that the lawless liberals will not stop their destruction of small businesses and neighborhoods and that they 'should not' stop. It also features United States Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying, 'now we take Georgia, then we change America.' If Democrats are able to win control of the United States Senate, the Republican attorneys general will be the only way to defend America from unified Democrat control in Washington, D.C."

On Jan. 6, the day of the Capitol attack, RAGA, along with Republicans Attorneys General issued this statement:

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and the Republican attorneys general (AGs) stand together to condemn the violence, destruction, and rampant lawlessness occurring at the U.S. Capitol today. These actions are an affront to the rule of law, our Constitution, and our American political discourse.”

After Documented's report on the robocalls, RAGA issued another statement, this one directed to the media:

Republican Attorneys General Association and Rule of Law Defense Fund had no involvement in the planning, sponsoring, or the organization of Wednesday’s event.”

Democrats were quick to push back against RAGA and RLDF statements that they had no involvement in planning the march, accusing the group of lying to media.

In a tweet, The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), stated:

@RepublicanAGs: Are you just straight up LYING to reporters? How can you say RAGA/RLDF had no involvement in the rally turned deadly attack on the Capitol, when you were listed as a sponsor & paid for a robocall telling "patriots" to march to Capitol to "continue the fight"?

DAGA posted screenshots from the now-defunct "March to Save America" website which show RAGA listed as a "coalition partner," with the RLDF listed as "participating" in the march.

COMPANIES THAT DONATED TO THE REPUBLICAN ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSOCIATION IN 2020:

  1. The Concord Fund/Judicial Crisis Network -- $2,748,000
  2. US Chamber Institute For Legal Reform -- $500,000
  3. Karen Wright - Ariel Corporation -- $500,000
  4. Thomas Rastin - Ariel Corporation -- $500,000
  5. Koch Industries Inc -- $375,000
  6. Altria Client Services -- $275,000
  7. Rex Sinquefield -- $250,000
  8. Miriam Adelson -- $250,000
  9. Sheldon G Adelson - Las Vegas Sands Corporation -- $250,000
  10. Comcast Corporation -- $200,315
  11. Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals -- $175,000
  12. Pfizer Inc -- $150,000
  13. Bernard Marcus - The Marcus Foundation -- $150,000
  14. Walmart Stores Inc -- $140,000
  15. Anthem Inc -- $130,000
  16. Lowes Companies Inc -- $125,375
  17. Awl Inc -- $125,000
  18. Ace Cash Express Inc -- $125,000
  19. Caremark Rx Inc -- $125,000
  20. The Anschutz Corporation -- $125,000
  21. Home Depot U S A Inc -- $125,000
  22. Atandt Services Inc -- $125,000
  23. Centene Management Company LLC -- $125,000
  24. Juul Labs Inc -- $125,000
  25. Match Group -- $125,000
  26. PhRMA -- $125,000
  27. LHC Group Inc -- $125,000
  28. Pebble Beach Company -- $111,000
  29. General Motors LLC -- $100,000
  30. The American Resort Development Association PAC -- $100,000
  31. Anheuser-Busch Co. Inc -- $100,000
  32. Amazon Com Services Inc -- $100,000
  33. Peter Thiel - Thiel Capital LLC -- $100,000
  34. Leslie Baker -- $100,000
  35. Ronald Cameron - Mountaire -- $100,000
  36. Entergy -- $100,000
  37. Nextera Energy Resources -- $75,000
  38. American Fuel And Petrochemical Manufacturers -- $75,000
  39. Tiktok Inc -- $75,000
  40. Trinity Industries Inc -- $75,000
  41. Community Choice Financial Inc -- $62,500
  42. Fears Nachawati Law Firm -- $62,500
  43. United Services Automobile Association -- $54,163
  44. 1-800 Contacts Inc -- $51,415
  45. American Bail Coalition Inc -- $50,615
  46. Valero Services Inc -- $50,350
  47. Chevron Policy Govt And Public Affairs -- $50,350
  48. Association Of Dental Support Organizations -- $50,300
  49. Dow Jones -- $50,000
  50. Eli Lily And Company -- $50,000
  51. Oracle Corporation -- $50,000
  52. Xcaliber International Ltd LLC -- $50,000
  53. United Refining Company -- $50,000
  54. Troutman Sanders Public Affairs Group LLP -- $50,000
  55. Affirm Inc -- $50,000
  56. Fresenius Medical Care -- $50,000
  57. Continental -- $50,000
  58. National Rifle Association Of America -- $50,000
  59. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association -- $50,000
  60. The Presidential Coalition LLC Non Corporate -- $50,000
  61. Marathon Petroleum Co LP -- $50,000
  62. Range Resources Corporation -- $50,000
  63. American Petroleum Institute -- $50,000
  64. Monsanto Company -- $50,000
  65. Alkermes -- $50,000
  66. HCA Management Services -- $50,000
  67. Blue Cross Blue Shield Of South Carolina -- $50,000
  68. David Nutt And Assoc Pc -- $50,000
  69. Fox Corporation -- $50,000
  70. Elevate Credit Service LLC -- $50,000
  71. American Property Casualty Insurers Assoc. Pac -- $50,000
  72. Visa -- $50,000
  73. Smithfield Foods Inc -- $50,000
  74. Facebook Inc -- $50,000
  75. Entertainment Software Association -- $50,000
  76. Astellas Pharma Us Inc -- $50,000
  77. Uber Technologies Inc -- $50,000
  78. Securus Technologies -- $50,000
  79. Coca-Cola North America -- $50,000
  80. The Travelers Indemnity Company -- $50,000
  81. UnitedHealth Group Inc -- $50,000
  82. SAS Institute Inc -- $50,000
  83. Starpoint Resort Group -- $50,000
  84. Gray C Boyden -- $50,000
  85. CMH Services Inc -- $50,000
  86. Tracfone Wireless Inc -- $50,000
  87. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company -- $50,000
  88. Intuit Inc -- $50,000
  89. University Of Phoenix -- $50,000
  90. Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association -- $50,000
  91. Labaton Sucharow LLP -- $50,000
  92. Pennsylvania Chamber Of Business And Industry -- $50,000
  93. Exxon Mobil Corporation -- $50,000
  94. Horizon Pharma -- $50,000
  95. Us Money Reserve Inc -- $45,000
  96. Southern Company Services Inc -- $42,500
  97. Charter Communications -- $40,315
  98. Tyson Foods Inc -- $40,000
  99. American Gas Association -- $40,000
  100. SmileDirectClub -- $40,000
  101. Toyota Motor North America Inc -- $35,000
  102. American Optometric Association -- $35,000
  103. Ping -- $31,854
  104. Wine Spirits Wholesalers Of America -- $30,000
  105. Nelson Mullins Riley And Scarborough LLP -- $30,000
  106. HPUL Project Operations -- $30,000
  107. Baker Botts LLP -- $27,500
  108. Cornerstone -- $25,375
  109. Amgen -- $25,350
  110. The Vinyl Institute -- $25,350
  111. National Beer Wholesalers Association -- $25,350
  112. Consovoy Mccarthy PLLC -- $25,315
  113. Squire Patton Boggs LLP -- $25,125
  114. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company -- $25,000
  115. The Boeing Company Political Action Committee -- $25,000
  116. Surterra Holdings Inc -- $25,000
  117. Titlemax -- $25,000
  118. National Community Pharmacists Association -- $25,000
  119. Centerpoint Energy -- $25,000
  120. Adt LLC -- $25,000
  121. National Automobile Dealers Association -- $25,000
  122. Linebarger Goggan Blair And Sampson LLP -- $25,000
  123. Deloitte Services LP -- $25,000
  124. Foley And Lardner LLP -- $25,000
  125. Tenet Healthcare -- $25,000
  126. Cross River Bank -- $25,000
  127. Association For Accessible Medicines -- $25,000
  128. Legalshield -- $25,000
  129. Waste Management -- $25,000
  130. Rent-A-Center -- $25,000
  131. Mastercard International Inc -- $25,000
  132. Legalzoom Com Inc -- $25,000
  133. Vistra Corporate Services Company -- $25,000
  134. Alticor Inc -- $25,000
  135. Life Science Logistics -- $25,000
  136. Herballife International Of America Inc -- $25,000
  137. Global Teen Challenge -- $25,000
  138. Edison Electric Institute -- $25,000
  139. Millercoors LLC -- $25,000
  140. Fluor Enterprises Inc -- $25,000
  141. National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc -- $25,000
  142. Google -- $25,000
  143. Dentons Us LLP -- $25,000
  144. Recording Industry Association Of America -- $25,000
  145. American Electric Power Service Corporation -- $25,000
  146. Nucor Corporation -- $25,000
  147. Wells Fargo And Company -- $25,000
  148. GlaxoSmithKline -- $25,000
  149. NRG Energy Inc -- $25,000
  150. CenturyLink - CenturyTel Inc -- $25,000
  151. Enterprise Holdings Inc Pac -- $25,000
  152. Tc Energy -- $25,000
  153. American Beverage Assoc. Fund For Consumer Choice -- $25,000
  154. Bank Of America Corporation -- $25,000
  155. Aflac American Family Life Assurance -- $25,000
  156. Diefenthal Edward -- $25,000
  157. Georgia Power Company -- $25,000
  158. National Mining Association -- $25,000
  159. Ballard Hospitality -- $25,000
  160. Verizon -- $25,000
  161. Grant And Eisenhofer -- $25,000
  162. DoorDash -- $25,000
  163. Homeserve USA Corp -- $25,000
  164. BNSF Railway Company -- $25,000
  165. Graves Garrett LLC Pac -- $25,000
  166. Instacart -- $25,000
  167. Merck Sharp And Dohme Corp -- $25,000
  168. Vivint Solar Developer LLC -- $25,000
  169. Turo Inc -- $25,000
  170. Trugreen -- $20,000
  171. Mentzer Media Services Inc -- $19,508
  172. Aggregate Below Threshold -- $17,289
  173. American Council Of Life Insurers -- $16,525
  174. Foundation For Advancing Alcohol Responsibility -- $16,075
  175. Stateside Associates -- $16,040
  176. Distilled Spirits Council -- $15,775
  177. Jones Day -- $15,700
  178. American Association Of Orthodontists -- $15,700
  179. EBay Inc -- $15,425
  180. BGR Government Affairs LLC -- $15,375
  181. Orrick Herrington And Sutcliffe -- $15,375
  182. Yelp Inc -- $15,375
  183. The Internet Association -- $15,350
  184. Cigna Health And Life Insurance Company -- $15,350
  185. American Hotel And Lodging Association -- $15,350
  186. Americas Health Insurance Plans -- $15,350
  187. DTE Energy Corporation Services LLC -- $15,350
  188. Navient Solutions LLC -- $15,350
  189. Carmax Auto Superstores Inc Bz -- $15,000
  190. Carvana LLC -- $15,000
  191. Us Renal Care Inc -- $15,000
  192. Aca International -- $15,000
  193. Hallador Energy Company -- $15,000
  194. Revenue Group$15,000
  195. National Cable And Telecommunications Association -- $15,000
  196. Clout Public Affairs LLC -- $15,000
  197. Monster Energy Company -- $15,000
  198. Kirby Company -- $15,000
  199. American Tort Reform Association -- $15,000
  200. JPMorgan Chase And Co Pac -- $15,000
  201. Conns Homeplus -- $15,000
  202. Political Action Committee Of The AAOS -- $15,000
  203. Kelley Drye And Warren LLP -- $15,000
  204. Tiaa -- $15,000
  205. Barrack Rodos And Bacine -- $15,000
  206. Teva Pharmaceuticals -- $15,000
  207. Experian -- $15,000
  208. Southern Glazers Wine And Spirits LLC -- $15,000
  209. Pinnacle West Capital Corporation -- $15,000
  210. Western Union Financial Services Inc. -- $15,000
  211. Mcguirewoods Federal Pac Fund -- $15,000
  212. Best Buy Purchasing LC -- $15,000
  213. Lyft -- $15,000
  214. Weiss Richard -- $15,000
  215. Husch Blackwell LLP -- $15,000
  216. Pebble Limited Partnership -- $15,000
  217. doTerra -- $15,000
  218. Willoughby And Hoefer P A -- $15,000
  219. Daniel Defense Inc -- $15,000
  220. Casino Association Of Indiana -- $15,000
  221. Veterans United Home Loan -- $15,000
  222. Pomerantz LLP -- $15,000
  223. T-Mobile USA Inc$15,000
  224. Walmart Stores Inc Pac For Responsible Govt -- $15,000
  225. Flowers Foods Inc -- $15,000
  226. Microsoft Corporation -- $11,621
  227. Reed Smith -- $10,350
  228. Duke Energy -- $10,000
  229. Services Group Of America -- $10,000
  230. McCarthy Strategic Solutions LLC -- $10,000
  231. Haworth Inc -- $10,000
  232. Kendrick Randy -- $10,000
  233. Beam Suntory Inc -- $10,000
  234. FedEx -- $10,000
  235. Hubbard Stanley -- $10,000
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