“Dozens of politicians running for state or federal office are aligning themselves with the right-wing, conspiracy-rich, sometimes-violent movement known as QAnon. They’re drawing tens of millions of dollars in donations as the movement’s popularity stays strong among voters,” Grid reports.
The 78 have raised a combined $20 million, including from GOP megadonors such as Home Depot co-fonder Bernard Marcus, former casino mogul Steve Wynn, and San Francisco Giants owner Charles Johnson, the report said.
“And despite the movement’s penchant for lies and violence, key Republicans — from influential megadonors to prominent elected officials — are welcoming the QAnon movement into the party.”
Grid reviewed public records and reporting, social media posts, and campaign materials and events to identify and confirm at least 78 QAnon-aligned candidates running for office in 26 states in 2022. They’re running for governorships, secretaries of state, seats in the Senate and House, and in state legislatures. They have raised over $20 million this cycle — and over $30 million since 2018.
Of the 78 QAnon-aligned candidates, all but six are Republican. Over a dozen are incumbents, including GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert who both serve in the House of Representatives. A spokesperson for Boebert pointed Insider to a previous tweet from the congresswoman in which she wrote, “QAnon = Fake News,” and “Not a follower.” A representative for Greene did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The far-right fringe group has grown increasingly mainstream among the GOP base and espouses the outlandish conspiracy theory that an elite cabal of Satan-worshiping, blood-drinking pedophiles run the world