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Morton SmithLast Updated: January 4, 2022



Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6
  • Organized for 1/6


  • Board Member of the American Phoenix Project

Executive Summary

In social media posts and videos, Hostetter makes several references to Morton Irvine Smith, a wealthy Orange County resident described by the LA Times as a right-wing “radical” and fixture of the affluent county’s growing extremist movement. Although he’s not listed on any official documentation, Irvine Smith has been identified as a member of American Phoenix Project’s board. On 6 January, Hostetter posted a picture of himself with co-defendant Taylor, but also referred to Irvine Smith in the caption, reassuring viewers that all three were safe and adding, “We did our part.”


Board Member of the American Phoenix Project

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    American Phoenix Project

    4 individual(s)

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group


    14 individual(s)

    • Conspiracy / Misinformation


    24 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • Californians were saying ‘storm the capitols,’ man told OC supervisors in December

    Published on June 14, 2021 Read at The Orange County Register
  • Radical Right Conservative Donors Simultaneously Bankrolling Extremism & Anti-Lockdown Protests

    Published on June 14, 2021 Read at Byline Times

Affiliated People (1)

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    • Convicted

    Alan Hostsetter

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Orange, California
    • Sentenced on January 1, 2024
    • Army Veteran, Former Police Chief of La Habra, Calif

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