Several Republican presidential candidates will be returning campaign contributions made by a man who runs an organization that allegedly inspired the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C.
Earl Holt, president of the white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens (CoCC), has donated $65,000 to Republican campaigns in recent years, The Guardian reported. The New York Times reveals the connection between Holt and Dylann Roof, who has been charged with the murder of nine people at Emanuel AME and could face the death penalty.
A manifesto that appeared on a website registered to Mr. Roof said that the manifesto’s author had first learned of ‘brutal black-on-white murders’ from the Council of Conservative Citizens’ website.
Donations made by Holt include $8,500 to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; $1,750 to RandPAC, the political action committee of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and $1,500 to former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Bloomberg reported $3,000 was donated by Holt to the nascent campaign of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
All of the above candidates, declared or otherwise, plan on returning money they received from Holt.
“RandPAC is donating the funds to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to assist the victims’ families,” said Paul spokesman Doug Stafford, according to Bloomberg. Santorum spokesman Matthew Beynon told The Guardian Monday that his boss would be doing the same. “Senator Santorum does not condone or respect racist or hateful comments of any kind. Period. The views the Senator campaigns on are his own and he is focused on uniting America, not dividing he,” Beynon said.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, told Bloomberg that her boss “believes that there is no place for racism in society.”
“Upon learning about Mr. Holt’s background and his contributions to the campaign, he immediately instructed that all of those donations be returned.”
AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Walker, said the governor would be donating the funds to charity, according to Bloomberg.
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