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FOLLOW THE MONEY: “GOP Rep. Jennifer Kiggans [R-VA02] Donates Thousands to Far-Right Extremists”

“Kiggans has flirted with baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election”

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From the DCCC:

FOLLOW THE MONEY: “GOP Rep. Jennifer Kiggans Donates Thousands to Far-Right Extremists”

American Journal News: “Kiggans has flirted with baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election”

New reporting by American Journal News exposes Jen Kiggans for donating to controversial MAGA figures — further revealing just how loyal the congresswoman is to the far-right fringes of her party.

Among the recipients of Kiggans’ contributions were lawmakers who spread baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, called for stricter laws limiting voter registration, and even allegedly threatened to hit Black Lives Matter protesters with their car.

For Kiggans — who just this week endorsed Trump and has called extremists like Marjorie Taylor Greene her “teammates” — “it’s part of a larger pattern of [her] embracing MAGA politics.”

DCCC Spokesperson Lauryn Fanguen: 
“Jen Kiggans’ donations to radical alt-right figures is yet another slap in the face to Coastal Virginians. Despite posturing as a moderate, Kiggans has been in lock-step with Trump and the MAGA agenda at every opportunity, and voters are tired of her rampant deceit.”

American Journal News: GOP Rep. Jennifer Kiggans donates thousands to far-right extremists
Jesse Valentine | March 8, 2024

  • A review of financial disclosures show Rep. Jennifer Kiggans (R-VA) has been funneling cash to far-right, extremist legislators. It’s part of a larger pattern of Kiggans embracing MAGA politics.
  • Kiggans has represented Virginia’s 2nd district in the United States House of Representatives since 2023. Kiggans previously served in the Virginia state Senate and was a pilot in the U.S. Navy. She is up for reelection in November.
  • In October 2023, Kiggans’ campaign contributed a total of $2,000 to lawmakers with problematic and controversial records. Half of that money went to State Senator Tara Durant who, according to a June 2020 police report, allegedly threatened to hit Black Lives Matter protestors with her car. Durant is accused of lying about this incident on the campaign trail when she claimed on multiple occasions that the BLM demonstrators accosted her.
  • Kiggans gave $500 each to Delegate N. Baxter Ennis and State Senator Christie New Craig. Ennis has spread conspiracy theories suggesting that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Both Ennis and Craig have called for stricter voting laws, including ending same day registration and requiring voters to show photo identification.
  • Kiggans, herself, has flirted with 2020 election conspiracies. In a December 2020 Facebook post, she raised concerns about election integrity but stopped short of fully backing Trump’s lies that the election was stolen.
  • In January 2024, Kiggans campaign sent a fundraising text from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-VA). A few hours later, Stefanik, referred to indicted rioters who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol as “hostages.” When the Washington Post asked Kiggans about Stefanik’s remarks, Kiggans refused to denounce the characterization.
  • “Not my choice of words, but to each his own,” Kiggans said. “It’s not what I describe them as, no.”
  • A Kiggans spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions for this story. Kiggans endorsed Trump’s reelection campaign on March 6.
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