Ron Paul won't return white supremacist's $500

Paul's campaign says it's going to keep money donated by the head of a notorious hate Web site.

By Alex Koppelman

Published December 19, 2007 10:05PM (EST)

Maverick Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has been dogged by questions about his supporters throughout the campaign. Commentators have pointed to the collection of New World Order conspiracy theorists and white supremacists who make up a small proportion of his constituency and to previous questionable statements on race at least partially attributable to the Texas congressman. Paul's campaign doesn't seem to be afraid of the charges, though. According to a spokesman for Paul, the campaign will be keeping one donation that has raised a few eyebrows.

A white supremacist named Don Black, who runs the prominent hate Web site Stormfront, donated $500 to Paul's campaign recently. Jesse Benton, Paul's spokesman, says that despite Black's views, the campaign won't give the donation back, as other campaigns in this situation might have. "If someone with small ideologies happens to contribute money to Ron, thinking he can influence Ron in any way, he's wasted his money," the Associated Press quotes Benton as saying. "And that's $500 less that this guy has to do whatever it is that he does."

The AP wasn't able to get a comment from Black, but he previously told a local newspaper, "We like his stand on tight borders and opposition to a police state."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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