ONE federal lawsuit filed last month seeking monetary damages from two far-right groups, the Proud Boys and the Vow Keepers, and their senior members involved in Capitol Riot January 6 designed with an ambitious goal in mind: to interfere with their financial income and eliminate their activity.
“If that happens, we bankrupt them, that’s a good day,” said Karl Racine, attorney general for Washington, DC, cooperation with other organizations in a suit, said at a press conference last month.
Now, the civil case is taking shape as the federal government’s lengthy criminal investigation into the Capitol attack arrests a prominent figure in the movement on Thursday, Oath Keepers Leader and Founder Stewart Rhodes, who was arrested on charges of conspiracy to seduce.
Whether the group will survive in its current form remains to be seen, but Racine’s aim in the suit will test the limits in the fight against far-right extremists. The legal strategy behind it was used as recently as last November in a civil trial in Charlottesville, Virginia, against organizers of a far-right protest that erupted in deadly violence in 2017.
And it’s a tactic that has worked before.
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/battle-against-far-right-extremists-old-strategy-reemerges-bankrupt-them/2938886/ In the battle against far-right extremists, an old strategy is re-established – NBC4 Washington