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Mia Love, Black Republican, Returns White Supremacist Donation Linked to Shooter

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 11:39 AM

U.S. Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the first black Republican woman in Congress, returned $1,000 in donations to a white-supremacist organization sympathizing with admitted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

Love said the Council of Conservative Citizens’ donations were unsolicited.

“We do not want to associate with anyone that sees Mia – or any other American – as less than human,” said Love campaign spokeswoman Holly Richardson, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Council of Conservative Citizens as a hate group, reported CNN.

The council denounced the church shootings on its website, but Earl Holt, its president, posted that Roof had “legitimate grievances” he used to justify the killings.

Roof also credited the council with helping him ground his racist sentiments in a manifesto published on his own website, but Holt tried to distance the council from that, according to The Guardian.

“The CofCC is hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website,” said Holt.

Love’s rejection of the council’s funding put her in the company of other conservative politicians who received donations from Holt.

Since 2012, Holt has donated $8,500 to U.S. Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, a presidential candidate. Holt’s occupation was listed as “slumlord” on some of the Cruz donation filings.

Cruz announced he was going to return the donations but then “decided that the best use of that money would be not to return it but instead use it to help support the families of victims of the Charleston shooting,” according to a campaign spokesman.

RandPAC, the political action committee of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, another  presidential candidate, revealed a $1,750 donation from Holt.

“RandPAC is donating the funds to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to assist the victims’ families,” said Doug Stafford, RandPAC’s chief strategist.

Holt and the council have donated more than $65,000 to Republican campaigns. So far, Love is the only politician to announce returning the funds. Six others have donated the money to charities, noted The Guardian.

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