Port: Bismarck rally has links to January 6 riot and election conspiracy theories
The event aims to advance the series of anti-vax and cultural war bills introduced by Bastiat lawmakers.
Among the speakers will be Representative Jeff Hoverson, a Republican from Minot who recently made headlines after an altercation with security at Minot International Airport that prevented him from boarding his flight.
Those involved in North Dakota claim the rally is something they staged, but according to the excellent reporting by Michelle Griffith, the request to host the event on the capital grounds was not filed by nobody from the area.
It was actually filed by a guy from Ohio who was subpoenaed by Congress in connection with the violent January 6 riot in Washington, DC.
âThe nomination for the ‘We The People’ rally was submitted by a Shelby, Ohio city councilor, Nathan Martin, which is also a member of the America Restored organization, âGriffith reports. Martin was reportedly subpoenaed by the United States House of Representatives committee on January 6 for his alleged affiliation with ‘Stop the Steal,’ a group linked to rallies that occurred on or near Capitol Hill. United States January 6. “
Republican representative for Minot Jeff Hoverson speaks at a rally against compulsory masks on April 5, 2021. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service
I’m as confused as you are, and the digs I’ve done don’t make it any clearer.
According to a file filed in March 2021 with the Florida Secretary of State, the president of America Restored is a female Bismarck named Tomi collins. Her LinkedIn profile indicates that she attended University of Mary and Bismarck State College and lists her current occupation as Executive Director of America Restored.
The group treasurer, by the same file, is Alexandria Splonskowski, wife of the municipal councilor of Bismarck Mark Splonskowski, who is himself a declared opponent of masking during the pandemic which has promoted vitamin D as a “scientifically proven” way to prevent deaths from COVID-19.
(Please speak to your doctor if you are concerned about COVID-19 and are not seeking medical advice from a politician.)
Martin, who withdrew the aforementioned permit, is listed as the group’s vice president.
The address listed for the group is the Orange Lake Civic Center, a building in Lagos, Florida, which documents say also houses the National Center for Life and Freedom, Inc. as well as an organization called All Pro Pasters International.
This ancient group, with a man named David C. Gibbs III, is listed with the State of Florida as a registered agent for America Restored. Gibbs is the president and general counsel of NCLL, described in his online biography as “a legal ministry that protects the rights of churches and Christian organizations nationwide, with offices in California, Florida, Carolina North and Texas “.
Meanwhile, the America Restored website doesn’t tell us much, although it does promote Frank, a website owned by an electoral conspiracy theorist and pillow impresario. Mike Lindell it’s meant to be a kind of alternative to more traditional social media platforms.
America Restored also promoted a recall for Representative Rusty Bowers on its website. He is a Republican and Speaker of the Arizona House. Its sin, in the eyes of this group, is to refuse to call a special session to verify the results of this state’s election.
It should give you an idea of ââwhat restored America is like.
But let’s bring things back to the impending rally in Bismarck.
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We are led to believe that it is the work of local activists, but there is clearly money behind the effort. According to Griffith’s report, organizers have purchased “3,000 T-shirts to hand out to attendees, plan to have their own security guards in attendance, and to rent about 40 jars for the rally.”
Buses were hired to bring people from Minot and Tioga to the event.
That’s thousands and thousands of dollars in spending. According to BigRentz.com, the average cost of renting a porta pot is around $ 150 per unit (that’s a weekly rate, but most of the cost comes from installing and removing the units) . Basic custom t-shirts will cost around $ 5 each when ordered in bulk.
If we use these estimates and the numbers provided by the event organizers, we’re talking about $ 6,000 for the toilets and about $ 15,000 for the T-shirts before we even get to the other costs, which would include buses.
Even though the actual cost is half of what I estimate, we’re in the range of $ 10,000 for T-shirts and toilets at an event which, again, is supposed to be hosted by the local population but who have these mysterious links with activists in other states.
The purpose of this dossier is to put pressure on North Dakota lawmakers to move the Bastiat Caucus bills forward. However, don’t the organizers of this event owe us some explanations?
Where does the money come from? Why is this Florida group involved?
North Dakotas deserve to know.
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