U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina will donate a campaign contribution he received from the leader of a white supremacist group to a fund supporting the families of the victims in last week’s mass slaying in Charleston, a spokeswoman said Monday.
The New York Times, Politico and The Guardian reported that Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old charged with murdering nine people at a Bible study at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, mentioned the supremacist leader Earl Holt in his alleged manifesto. Holt, they reported, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican political campaigns, including 2016 presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul.
Tillis’ Senate campaign reported receiving a $1,000 contribution from Holt last September, federal elections records show. Tillis will send the money to the Mother Emmanuel Hope Fund.
Holt is president of the Council of Conservative Citizens, based in St. Louis.
Presidential contender Ted Cruz’s campaign said it would return the donation immediately. Sen. Rand Paul and former Sen. Rick Santorum said they would also give the amount of past donations from Holt to the Charleston fund.