2016 GOP candidates return funds to hate group linked to Charleston Shooting
Ted Cruz was among the first to return CoCC’s political donations
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul announced on Mondy they received funds from white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens’ leader Earl Holt. They have returned the funds after learning that the group is believed to have inspired Dylann Roof’s shooting at the South Carolina church. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Council of Conservative Citizens as a white supremacist extremist group.
The Council of Conservative Citizens is defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white supremacist organization that opposes “race mixing” and describes blacks as inferior. According to the Guardian, Santorum received $1,500 from Holt and RandPAC, political action committee, received $1,740. The candidates plan to donated the funds to a fund created to aid the families of those killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, last week.
The three Republicans are far from the only political donations Holt has made. Federal Election Commission records show Holt has donated to a number of current and former GOP members of Congress that has totaled $65,000 in recent years, according to the Guardian. Roof claims to have learned about black-on-white murders from the Council of Conservative Citizens website.
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