The political establishment will use a report that Rand Paul’s political action committee accepted a donation from the Council of Conservative Citizens to sabotage his presidential bid.
Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston church murders, allegedly mentioned the Council of Conservative Citizens in a so-called manifesto attributed to him.
Roof wrote that he learned of “brutal black on white murders” on the group’s website following the killing of Trayvon Martin 2012.
A story appearing in The Guardian on Sunday said the group donated to the campaigns of several prominent Republicans, including presidential candidates.
The Associated Press highlighted donations made to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Steve King, Tom Cotton and Jeff Flake.
Paul’s campaign said it will donate the $1,750 it received from Earl P. Holt III, the president of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens, to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
Democrats and other liberals will use the donation to insinuate Paul harbors racist sentiments.
During his 2013 Senate campaign, Democrats accused Paul of racism when he said the Civil Rights Act afforded too much power to the federal government at the expense of small business owners.
Last year CNN said “his comments from four years ago have become a thorn in his side.”
Democrats Attempted to Sideline Ron Paul’s Campaign with Accusations of Racism
The establishment media and Democrats attempted to portray Rand Paul’s father as a racist in the lead-up to the Iowa caucuses in 2011 after a report stated newsletters published by Paul in the 1980s and 1990s were racist.
In addition to alleged racist comments, critics said the newsletters contained “strange conspiracy theories about homosexuals, the CIA, and AIDS.”
Other “strange conspiracy theories” revolve around the gold standard.
“The Gold Standard and non-interventionism have long been pushed to the fringe of our politics, and ambitious people tend to dive into the mainstream. That means that some of the 'talent' that marginalized ideas attract will be odd and unstable,” Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote.