WASHINGTON (AP) — The Guardian newspaper is reporting that 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 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 group’s website.
The Guardian also reported that Holt donated to presidential candidates Rand Paul and Rick Santorum, and to several GOP members of Congress.
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