The leader of the Oath Keepers is accused of spending some of the group’s funds at a sex shop and a gun store.
According to militia members, the leader of the Oath Keepers paramilitary movement took money from the group for personal purposes.
In an expos on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal highlighted the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys’ financial woes. Members of both ultra-right-wing groups are accused of coordinating in the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
According to the Journal, former and present members of the Oath Keepers accused founder Stewart Rhodes of using the group’s dues and donations for a variety of personal costs, including food and weaponry. The militia is largely made up of retired law enforcement officers and veterans who donate to the group’s finances.
According to bank records obtained by The Journal, Rhodes allegedly spent thousands of dollars from the Oath Keepers’ cash while residing in Montana. Rhodes spent $12,424 on car repairs, $9,974 at a gun store, $886 at a bar, $504 at the dentist, $275 on phone games, $256 online at Fragrancenet.com, $229 at Alley Katz Nighties N Naughties, and $83.50 at a pet store, according to court records.
According to the group’s previous director, Scott Dunn, the board changed the Oath Keepers’ credit card daily limit to $350 after an incident in which Rhodes maxed out the card with over a dozen steaks and $800 worth of other items from Walmart.
According to Dunn, Rhodes failed to declare a $10,000 donation from Gary Heavin, the creator of Curves, for the militia movement.
According to The Journal, Ed Wilson, the Oath Keepers’ former IT manager, reported Rhodes’ alleged misuse of funds to the board, but he departed when the board made no changes to fix the spending problem.
Wilson stated, “He treated that item like a piggy bank.”
Rick Moon, a former board member, told The Journal that when the board challenged Rhodes, he replied, “I founded this organization, it’s mine, and I’ll do anything I want with it.”
According to The Journal, six state chapters of the Oath Keepers have distanced themselves from Rhodes as a result of the claims.
The organization’s counsel, Kellye SoRelle, defended Rhodes to The. This is a condensed version of the information.