Ted Cruz and other Republican Candidates to Return Funding Received from CCC

Ted Cruz and other Republican Candidates to Return Funding Received from CCC

In a report that came out this Sunday, the election funding of a number of Republican candidates has come from a white supremacist group, which claims to be the mouthpiece against black-on-white violent crime.

As soon as this news surfaced, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the first to announce a reversal of the $8500 he had received from the supremacist group, identified as the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC). Records claim that Cruz and Super PAC Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund, which supports Cruz, received the amount from the organization between 2012 and 2014.

This came after an online manifesto written by Dylann Roof, the alleged suspect in the last Wednesday night’s murder of nine blacks at the Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, South Carolina, stated that he had learned about the brutal black on white murders from the CCC website. This is what prompted him to take revenge from the blacks.

Other than Cruz, the CCC has made $65,000 in donations to other Republicans, including, $1,750 to RandPAC, a group supporting Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, between 2012 and 2013, and another $1,500 to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. These senators too have condemned the killings in Charleston.

Earl Holt, leader of the CCC, maintained that he was not surprised if Roof found information about black-on-white crime from their website. Though he said that the group did not condone illegal activities, he added that all that they did was accurately and honestly reports black-on-white violent crime.

However, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the US, has identified the CCC as a ‘white nationalist group’, due to its alleged links with the Ku Klux Klan.