U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wears a “Trump Won” face mask as she arrives on the floor of the House to take her oath of office as a newly elected member of the 117th House of Representatives in Washington, U.S., January 3, 2021.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has invested up to $50,000 in the SPAC stock linked to former President Donald Trump’s planned social media platform.
According to a public disclosure, the Georgia Republican purchased a stake in Digital World Acquisition Corp., or DWAC, on Friday. The stake is worth at least $15,000 but no more than $50,000.
DWAC, which is a special purpose acquisition company, last week said it would merge with Trump’s planned new social media company the Trump Media & Technology Group.
That triggered a buying mania among retail investors in DWAC shares over two days last week, which drove the stock up more than 800%. The SPAC was at one point the most traded name on Fidelity’s platform, and the ticker DWAC has been among the most mentioned on Reddit’s WallStreetBets chatroom.
But based on DWAC’s price fluctuations and when Greene said she made her investment on Friday, it’s almost certain she has lost money on the trade.
On Friday, DWAC opened at $118.80 a share and dipped as low as $67.96 a share. It’s now trading around $62 a share. That means, at best, Greene has lost about 9% on her investment.
Greene’s office offered little clarity on the trade when asked for comment Wednesday morning.
“This transaction was reported in compliance with House rules and provides all required details about the transaction,” her office said in an email.
Greene is perhaps best known on Capitol Hill for her steadfast loyalty to Trump and incendiary beliefs — such as reportedly indicating support for executing top Democrats — that have drawn bipartisan rebukes.
The House in February stripped her of her committee assignments as punishment for a lengthy collection of theories she promoted before taking office, including a pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy.
In May, Greene compared mask mandates on the House floor to the Holocaust, writing on Twitter that “Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s forced Jewish people to wear a gold star.”
Despite the bipartisan criticism, Greene remains a fierce supporter of Trump’s and now has a financial interest in the former president’s social media business.
Shares of DWAC pulled back nearly 35% this week, but the stock is still trading above $50 per share, five times higher than the SPAC IPO price of $10. At least two hedge funds that were among early investors in DWAC — Lighthouse Investment Partners and Saba Capital Management — dumped their sizable stakes last week after learning of the SPAC’s target company.
On January 20, the day President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Greene sold her shares in several of the country’s most prominent “big tech” companies.
According to her disclosure report, on Jan. 20 Greene sold Facebook shares worth at least $15,000, Apple shares worth at least $15,000, Amazon shares worth at least $15,000 and shares in Alphabet, which owns Google, also worth at least $15,000.
She did not report having sold any other securities that day besides the tech stocks.
SPACs are a special type of company that have no commercial operations.
Instead, they fundraise aggressively through an initial public offering and eventually merge with a smaller company that meets the goals of the SPAC’s prospectus. Also known as “blank-check” companies, SPACs have grown popular on Wall Street in recent years as a way for both private-equity firms and the general public to invest in young firms.
On Tuesday, Trump issued a statement about the new social media app he plans to roll out as well as an on-demand video streaming service.
“To take on Big Tech censorship, we are creating a ‘Big Tent’ platform: Truth Social,” Trump said. “We are inviting people of all political stripes, and all different viewpoints, to come and participate once again in the great American debate. That’s what our country is supposed to be about.”
Trump’s plans for a social media app come months after he was banned by Twitter and Facebook for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by his supporters.
— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie and Kevin Breuninger contributed reporting.