Texas Congressman and GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul likes to brag that he gets more donations from the military than any other candidate. It seems he also gets a lot of donations from another group – radicals identified as white supremacists or white separatists. According to his campaign filings, he has accepted over $6000 from such donors.
The Huffington Post reported Monday that some are “listed on anti-hate group sites such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.”
Michael McAuliff wrote:
Two prominent donors are leaders in what may be the most ambitious white nationalist political movement in the U.S., American Third Position. One is William Johnson, the group’s chairman. Another is Virginia Abernethy, a former Vanderbilt professor who is listed as a director of the party.
Abernethy has given Paul at least $2,451 for this election. Johnson has donated at least $3.349.
McAuliff says that Paul continues to accept the money, but says he disavows the opinions of the extremists giving it.
A Dec 27 article at Newsone says the Congressman has a number of racist supporters, including the “white supremacist website Stormfront,” holocaust denier Willis Carto and former KKK Grand Wizards Don Black and David Duke. The Texas Congressman also attracts support from neo-Confederates and neo-Nazis.
Last Christmas, the New York Times observed:
The white supremacists, survivalists and anti-Zionists who have rallied behind his candidacy have not exactly been warmly welcomed. “I wouldn’t be happy with that,” Mr. Paul said in an interview Friday when asked about getting help from volunteers with anti-Jewish or antiblack views.
But he did not disavow their support. “If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say — it has nothing to do with endorsing what they say,” said Mr. Paul, who is now running strong in Iowa for the Republican nomination.
The campaign, however, continues to accept money from such people, unlike most campaigns, who reject controversial donations.
McAuliff says Paul can rid his campaign of these ties by returning the money.
“The contributions represent an ongoing Paul tie to right-wing extremism — one that could be severed simply by sending back the checks,” said McAuliff.
If Paul doesn’t want to make a complete break with white nationalists, neither do white separatists worry that he has publicly shunned them, with Abernethy cutting a fresh check as recently last month, according to the latest federal election filings.
Paul did back Johnson during a 2008 judicial election, but withdrew his support when he learned of Johnson’s background. At the time, the Los Angeles Times said that Paul “deserves credit for taking quick action in this case,” while noting that his record on such matters “has not always been impressive.”
Nevertheless, Johnson continues to back Paul.
“I will continue to support Ron Paul and his son, Sen. Rand Paul, because it is the right thing to do,” he told McAuliff, adding that “in many respects it is ‘unrequited love.’ Ron Paul has said that he does not want the support of white nationalists because ‘it muddies the waters.’ This is true, because our support brings with it certain baggage that Dr. Paul does not want.
“My view is that white nationalism is a just and proper position for all white people to hold, so it would not be appropriate for me to withhold my support from Ron Paul just because he does not want it,” he said.
Accepting donations from racists and white supremacists does not mean Paul himself is racist or a white supremacist, but one can imagine the outrage from the left if Newt Gingrich – who has been falsely accused of racism by the Democrat-media complex – had knowingly accepted money from such sources.
Paul should not only disavow their views, he should return their money.
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