Democrats previously attacked presidential candidate Ron Paul for supposed racist comments.
The political establishment will use a report that Rand Paul’s political action committee accepted a donation from the Council of Conservative Citizens to sabotage his presidential bid.
Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston church murders, allegedly mentioned the Council of Conservative Citizens in a so-called manifesto attributed to him.
Roof wrote that he learned of “brutal black on white murders” on the group’s website following the killing of Trayvon Martin 2012.
A story appearing in The Guardian on Sunday said the group donated to the campaigns of several prominent Republicans, including presidential candidates.
The Associated Press highlighted donations made to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Steve King, Tom Cotton and Jeff Flake.
Paul’s campaign said it will donate the $1,750 it received from Earl P. Holt III, the president of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens, to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
Democrats and other liberals will use the donation to insinuate Paul harbors racist sentiments.
During his 2013 Senate campaign, Democrats accused Paul of racism when he said the Civil Rights Act afforded too much power to the federal government at the expense of small business owners.
Last year CNN said “his comments from four years ago have become a thorn in his side.”
Democrats Attempted to Sideline Ron Paul’s Campaign with Accusations of Racism
The establishment media and Democrats attempted to portray Rand Paul’s father as a racist in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses in 2011 after a report stated newsletters published by Paul in the 1980s and 1990s were racist.
In addition to alleged racist comments, critics said the newsletters contained “strange conspiracy theories about homosexuals, the CIA, and AIDS.”
Other “strange conspiracy theories” revolve around the gold standard.
“The Gold Standard and non-interventionism have long been pushed to the fringe of our politics, and ambitious people tend to dive into the mainstream. That means that some of the 'talent' that marginalized ideas attract will be odd and unstable,” Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote.
The leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof made $65,000 in donations to Republicans, including several to Republican presidential candidates, The Guardian newspaper reported Sunday night.
The paper reported that one of the candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, will return the $8,500 he received from Earl Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens. An online manifesto purportedly written by Roof, the suspect in last week's murder of nine blacks at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, said he learned about "brutal black on white murders" from the Council of Conservative Citizens website.
The Guardian also reported that Holt donated to presidential candidates Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. A spokesman for Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the paper that Santorum doesn't condone racist or hateful comments; Paul's campaign didn't respond to a request for comment from the newspaper.
In a statement posted online Sunday, Holt said that it "was not surprising" that Roof credited his group with his knowledge of black-on-white crime. But he added that the Council of Conservative Citizens is "hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website," and said that the group doesn't condone illegal activities.
Holt also donated to Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, and to several current and former GOP members of Congress, including Iowa Rep. Steve King, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and former Minnesota Rep. and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, according to the Guardian.
In a statement Monday, Cotton said he had taken the initial steps to refund Holt's contribution.
"I do not agree with his hateful beliefs and language and believe they are hurtful to our country," Cotton said.