Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., Holds a press conference on the Fire Fauci Act at the Capitol Visitor Center aimed at increasing Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for dealing with COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
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GOP MP Mo Brooks’ campaign in the U.S. Senate paid just over $ 25,000 to former President Donald Trump’s private club for catering and event space, according to a new federal filing.
Brooks, who is running for a seat in the Alabama Senate next year, paid the money to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Florida’s Treasure Coast in April and June, according to a second-quarter filing by the Federal Election Commission.
Trump backed Brooks for the Senate seat in April. Brooks was among more than 100 GOP lawmakers who voted to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.
Brooks hosted a reception for his Senate campaign at the venue in April, according to a report from AL.com. Politico received an invitation to a fundraiser in April in Mar-a-Lago for the House Freedom Fund, in which Brooks also participated.
Brooks is running to fill the seat left open by retired Republican Senator Richard Shelby. He’s vying for the GOP nomination against several candidates, including former Shelby chief of staff Katie Britt, which is turning into an impressive fundraiser. Trump recently ripped Shelby as “RINO” and said Britt was “not what Alabama wants”.
A press rep for Brooks’ campaign has not returned a request for comment.
Brooks’ disclosure is yet another example of Republican politicians and groups spending large sums of money in the former president’s private club as he points to yet another possible campaign in the White House while falsely claiming that the 2020 election was stolen.
The Republican National Committee paid Mar-a-Lago just over $ 175,000 to host some of its spring donor retreats. Mar-a-Lago has received over $ 1 million from Republican-led groups since Trump was a presidential candidate in 2016, according to the bipartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Part of this month’s RNC-sponsored event took place in Mar-a-Lago, where the former president targeted Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. NBC News reported at the time that Trump called McConnell a “stupid son of a B —-” and a “cold loser”. The other part of the retreat took place at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach.
Forbes reported that former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas paid Mar-a-Lago over $ 10,000 for an event where Trump himself appeared.
Brooks spoke at the infamous January 6 rally that preceded the deadly Capitol Hill riot.
“Today is the day American patriots start painting names and kicking their asses!” Brooks told the crowd that day. Brooks wore a hat that said “Fire Pelosi”.
Brooks recently spoke at the Conservative CPAC conference and told the audience that “our choice is simple: we can surrender and submit or we can fight back.”