GOPer returns donation: US Rep Mia Love

Published: June 23, 2015

GOPer returns donation: US Rep Mia Love, Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.

Rep. Mia Love of Utah, an African-American Republican woman who was elected to the House last year, said through a spokesman that she had returned $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

The presidential campaigns of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Rick Santorum said they would donate the money received from Holt to a fund set up by Charleston’s mayor to assist the victims’ families.

“I abhor the sentiments Mr. Holt has expressed,” Santorum said in a statement. “These statements and sentiments are unacceptable. Period. End of sentence.”

Holt has contributed more than $60,000 to Republicans since 2010, including several White House hopefuls, Federal Election Commission records show.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to announce his presidential candidacy next month, has received $3,500 in donations from Holt since 2011. Walker will also donate the money to the charity supporting the victims’ families, said his spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, in an email.


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