Four months after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a top Republican group is still reeling from the day’s events. But unlike participants in the riot, who were eventually expelled from the Capitol and many of whom face criminal charges, a Trumpist faction linked to pre-riot organizing is still making inroads at the Republican Attorneys General Association, while more moderate members quit in disgust.
The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the top national organization for securing GOP wins in state attorney general races. But the group came under scrutiny for its role in the events of Jan. 6 after it was revealed that RAGA’s fundraising arm had made robocalls encouraging people to march on the Capitol at 1 p.m. “to stop the steal.”
Now longtime RAGA staff are leaving the organization, while those connected to the robocall—and the broader movement to challenge the 2020 election results—are on the ascent. The latest appointment, RAGA’s new chair, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, is in the latter group.
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