Conservative Group Behind Deadly “Patriot Muster” Rally Working Closely With Colorado GOP

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FEC United, a new conservative political group, organized the Oct. 10 “Patriot Muster” rally in Denver’s Civic Center Park. The event turned deadly immediately after its conclusion when a private security guard hired by 9News to protect its reporters shot and killed a rally attendee who pepper sprayed him.

As the event’s name implies (“muster” means to assemble military troops), the rally was a call to action for armed supporters to gather publicly. FEC United has its own armed group called the United American Defense Force (UADF), led by former Benghazi security contractor John Tiegen. The “defense force” doesn’t use the word “militia,” but it is indistinguishable from other coordinated groups of armed civilians. The UADF is just one component of FEC United’s multi-pronged organization (FEC stand for Faith, Education & Commerce) that has ambitions to be a national political & policy membership organization for the religious right.

FEC United American Defense Force members at “Patriot Muster” event Saturday.

While FEC intends to organize in churches, schools and businesses, it was the “defense force” that was most visible on Saturday. According to the group’s website, membership requires a background check and provides benefits including “insurance protection for use of force; discounts on ammunition; medical supplies; hard goods; soft goods; weapons, tactical, and CPR/ first aid training, as well as public safety notifications.”

UADF charges members $50 to join as well as $10 monthly dues, a policy that sets it apart from other militia groups such as the III% United Patriots of Colorado. The leader of that militia released a statement saying he would not endorse UADF or encourage his members to join up specifically because of the fee structure and because “the same guy collecting the funds also owns the store which you get a discount in which didn’t sit well with several of us.”

Most of the UADF members wore shirts sporting the group’s logo. Many also wore military-style fatigues with patches of other militia groups, such as the Three Percenters and Oath Keepers.

Speakers included UADF leader John Tiegen, GOP Congressional candidate Casper Stockham, self-defense instructor Jimmy Grahm and Major League Liberty podcast host Louie Huey who expressed his continued support for the Proud Boys.

Oltmann addressed the group, dismissing COVID-19 as a “Plandemic” and saying he founded the group to reclaim freedoms and constitutional rights he believed were being taken away by an unnamed “them,” presumably the government.

“When we set out to build FEC United, it had more to do with protecting our community, with holding on to what is ours. There are lots of people that have lost everything through this “Plandemic.” If you believe in the pandemic then that’s on you, but you have a choice because this is America. You have a choice in what you believe, in whether you wear a mask. That’s what this country is about- choosing your risk. I saw them taking away our freedoms. The constitutional integrity of our country disappearing overnight, and I saw Americans literally letting it happen.

So we had no choice. FEC United is the part that has a voice and has teeth. It will have a law and policy center that will allow us to file lawsuits and get involved in legislation- and to have a season of recalls!”

FEC United’s law and policy center doesn’t exist yet, but it’s already active in the political arena.

Colorado GOP Vice-Chair Kristi Burton Brown is actively involved in building the group’s law and policy center, telling an audience of FEC members in a presentation last week that “we have people who can intimidate the left.” Brown did not immediately return a message requesting comment.

Colorado Republican Party Vice Chair Kristi Burton Brown presents her plans for FEC United

The group was initially set up as a for-profit company called Unite Colorado, LLC. In the Q&A portion of Brown’s presentation, Oltmann explains that they did that to “hide all the numbers from the government.” He goes on to say they with the help of other groups like Americans for Prosperity they realized that wasn’t the best structure, and instead the entity will become a trio of nonprofits: 501c3, 501c4 and 501c6 organizations. FEC United registered those entities with the state on Oct. 8.

The group is organizing field efforts for several Republican statehouse candidates.

At least one of the candidates receiving FEC United’s support, Lynn Gerber, has signed the group’s pledge, which commits aspiring elected officials to oppose all government restrictions on business owners and parents.

FEC United is also sending emails on behalf of the Colorado Republican Party and the Trump campaign. An Oct. 6 email asked Denver supporters to attend a fundraising event for state senate candidate Doug Townsend, and provided Colorado GOP Regional Field Director Blake Alfred’s name and phone number as a contact.

The group also asked its email list members to sign up with the RNC’s “Army for Trump” poll watcher program, claiming that “Democrats have been actively stacking the poll-watching positions with their own people, and this will only contribute to the fraud…Join Our Election Day Team!”

Part of FEC’s success in online organizing is no doubt due to its founder’s years of experience in marketing conservative politics online. Castle Rock resident Joe Oltmann is a digital advertising strategist  who also owns Advocacy to Action, a “Political Marketing Platform” and Conservative Daily, a hyper-partisan conspiracy site that pushes a mix of real and fake news stories, with inflammatory headlines such as ““Breaking: United Nations Caught Helping and Coaching Caravan Illegal Aliens!” Each CD “news” story includes a “call to action,” which is actually a sales pitch to pay Advocacy to Action to send faxes to Congress on the reader’s behalf. 

Messages requesting comment from Oltmann via phone and Facebook were not immediately returned. This article will be updated with any response received.

This article first appeared on the Colorado Times Recorder.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. kickshot says:

     “insurance protection for use of force; …”

    ******

    Legal Protection Services vs Real Self-Defense Insurance

    To be clear, the services provided by these companies isn’t “insurance” in the common sense of the term. This is not an insignificant nuance.
    Instead of being run like standard insurance, these types of plans are often “legal protection services.” This difference is due to available money coming from a general fund instead of being underwritten by an insurance company. This difference allows “concealed carry insurance” or “self-defense insurance” companies to operate in some states where actual insurance is banned.

    *******

    What the world needs now is a grift conservation principle.

    It would sound like the equine conservation principle which states:

    “At any moment in time there are more horse’s asses in the world that there are horses”.

    ******
    Are there more grifters in the world than grift or more grift than grifters?

  2. kickshot says:

    Caption for the 2nd pic:

    “Listen, man. It’s cool that you bought the helmet and the t-shirt but NOBODY wears jeans to a Muster. Got it? OK. Now go back online and buy your Scott Pruitt tactical pants from the online FEC store.”

     

    The dog has the correct attitude in the 3rd pic.

    First pic: All they need are tiki torches.

  3. 2Jung2Die says:

    Well, this makes KBB seem pro-life…

  4. Meiner49er says:

    Vanilla ISIS. Plain and simple.

  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    I know what is meant by the 1% but what are the 3%ers?

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      I believe the "3%" comes from a belief that only 3% of the colonists supported the American Revolution, or something similar. 

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        Where the hell did they come up with that? More "information" shared by Q?

        • kickshot says:

          Who cares? They (like dump) make things up all the time as needed to self-aggrandize:

          Don't be duped:

          Nor may armed groups of individuals patrol polling locations or otherwise engage in activities reserved for law enforcement or official state militias.

          Report the fools.

          • kickshot says:

            these armed groups have no authority to call themselves forth into militia service; the Second Amendment does not protect such activity; and all 50 states prohibit it.

          • notaskinnycook says:

            Damn straight. If they don’t stay beyond the 100ft. limit they will be arrested. I have no doubt election judges will be trained to brook no nonsense from these nuts. If they break the rules, the judges won’t confront them, but they will call the cops. And this year the judges won’t be the ones we’re used to seeing. Older people are concerned about the virus, so college-age kids are stepping up in droves all over the country to work the polls. And the RNC is out of its collective mind if it credentials those Fascist gun nuts .

        • JohnInDenver says:

          It's an older CT … III% was "Founded in 2008 " — using the myth that only 3% of the colonial population enlisted and fought against the British empire.  According to the story, the plucky, unorganized forces in individual colonies joined together to defeat the leading world power.  Think Star Wars in Revolutionary War times.

           

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