Republican House leaders and the GOP-aligned PACs of three Fox News contributors donated thousands of dollars to QAnon supporter Lauren Boebert’s successful House campaign. Their support is part of a larger trend of Republicans helping build up QAnon, a conspiracy theory that got its start through online message boards and has been labeled a potential domestic terrorism threat by the FBI.
The political action committees of three Fox News contributors donated to Boebert:
- American Victory PAC, which is headed by former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), donated $2,800.
- Citizens United Political Victory Fund, which is headed by Trump adviser David Bossie, donated $2,500.
- Huck PAC, which is headed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), donated $5,000. (Media Matters previously documented the donation).
Key House Republican leaders also helped by donating to her campaign. For instance:
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) campaign donated $2,000 to Boebert; his Majority Committee PAC also donated $5,000.
- Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) campaign donated $2,000. Cheney is a former Fox News contributor who is reportedly angling for a loftier perch in the Republican leadership.
- House Republican Policy Committee chair Rep. Gary Palmer’s (R-AL) Conservative Promises PAC donated $1,000.
- National Republican Campaign Committee chair Tom Emmer’s (R-MN) Electing Majority Making Effective Republicans donated $1,500. Boebert is also part of the NRCC’s Young Guns recruitment program.
Boebert will join fellow QAnon supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene in Congress next year. Greene is a QAnon and 9/11 conspiracy theorist who has promoted anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic remarks, among other vitriolic rhetoric.
Both Boebert and Greene have attempted to disingenuously distance themselves from QAnon. They have also associated themselves with the far-right militia movement. And like Boebert, Greene has received the backing of Republicans, including Trump.