The Cockroaches Scatter: Ted Cruz Can’t Give Back Conservative Group’s Money Fast Enough


“I honestly pray to God that some n*gger f*cks, kills and eats you and everyone you claim to love!” – Earl Holt III, President of the Council of Conservative Citizens, in a 2004 email

In the wake of The Guardian’s report yesterday that a conservative group, Council of Conservative Citizens – labeled a white nationalist organization by the SPLC – was linked not only to alleged killer Dylann Roof, but to numerous Republican politicians, presidential candidate Ted Cruz told the paper that he would ‘be making a full refund.’

According to Fox News this morning, Cruz has made good on his promise, “in a statement obtained by Fox News that it was returning money donated by Earl Holt III, the head of the Council of Conservative Citizens – some $8,500 since 2012 – “according to The Guardian and The New York Times.”

Cruz’s statement assures us that “Senator Cruz believes that there is no place for racism in society. Upon learning about Mr. Holt’s background and his contributions to the campaign, he immediately instructed that all of those donations be returned.”

Cruz had good reason to act quickly. According to the SPLC,

Founded in 1985 by Gordon Baum, a worker’s compensation attorney and longtime racist activist, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) rose from the ashes of the Citizens Councils of America (CCA), commonly called “White Citizens Councils,” a coalition of white-supremacist groups and individuals formed throughout the South to defend school segregation after the Supreme Court outlawed the policy in 1954 in Brown vs. Board of Education.

According to The Guardian,

Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks – including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world” – were posted online in his name.

It almost doesn’t require saying, but Ann Coulter is a past defender of and apologist for the CofCC, arguing in her 2009 book “Guilty” that,

There is no evidence on its Web page that the modern incarnation of the CCC supports segregation. Apart from some aggressive reporting on black-on-white crimes — the very crimes that are aggressively hidden by the establishment media — there is little on the CCC website suggesting” [that the group is racist. Indeed, its main failing is] containing members who had belonged to a segregationist group thirty years earlier.

Holt, characterized as a “St. Louis hate group leader” by the SPLC, and a frequent racist commenter on The Blaze, said in a statement that “The C of CC unequivocally condemns Roof’s murderous actions,” and that while he acknowledged the “legitimacy of some of the positions he has expressed,” it is “hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website.”

Republicans think they can embrace their racist base with utter impunity. And usually they can. It takes a monstrous act of violence like the Charleston church shooting, to shed light enough to cause the cockroaches to scramble. The mainstream media studiously ignores the GOP’s racist ties, and will continue to do so.

As the TV show X-Files put it, “The truth is somewhere out there.” It’s just that the mainstream media does not want to find it. And when it is pointed out to them, studiously avoids looking at it.

Speaking of which, Rand Paul ($1,750) and former Sen. Rick Santorum ($1,500) were also recipients of Holt’s money, as was Mitt Romney in 2012 ($2,000).

Paul, of course, has well-known neo-Confederate sympathies.

CofCC is proud of its activities, bragging in their “Why you should join” section that,

The Council of Conservative Citizens, the no longer silent majority, — is a genuinely active national organization — effectively organizing and winning!

The C of CC was organized by conservative leaders from throughout the nation, who met in Atlanta, Georgia to build an updated organization in which the “silent majority” could participate at the local, state, and national levels.

We’re organizing conservative activists, developing unity, and successfully building a network of chapters and supporters at the grass-roots level nationwide to serve as a responsible, effective voice and active advocate for the no-longer silent conservative majority. This is a unification movement that is desperately needed and long overdue.

They might brag that conservatives leaders love them, but for now, at least, conservative leaders are distancing themselves from such outward displays of racism, if only because they are watching the last few percentage points of the black demographic slip away from them just in time for Election Day 2016.

29 Replies to “The Cockroaches Scatter: Ted Cruz Can’t Give Back Conservative Group’s Money Fast Enough”

  1. This group should be re-named, how about ‘The American Taliban’ and Cruz and the others are part of it. I for one do not believe that they took money from the group and did not know what the group represented.

  2. Oh my Double H , you jumped on this!!!!!

    US Guardian which is more hated than the NYT and WaPo did their homework and exposed the GOP again.

    I wonder why this Confederate still fighting the Civil War would give money to Ted Cruz???

    Free speech and access, I guess……

  3. Looks like Santorum and Paul & probably Steve King will keep the money, no word on whether crazy woman Bachman will, looks like we have a lot of members in the American Taliban.

  4. Hmmm….so Santorum’s campaign took money from this group too. Anyone see the picture (photo op) of Santorum sitting in the pews at Emanuel African-American Episcopal Church during a worship service on Friday? Hypocrite.

  5. I know Republicans tend to be math challenged but what’s truly appalling about this is how cheaply they can be bought…

    $8500 over three years?

    “Rand Paul ($1,750) and former Sen. Rick Santorum ($1,500) were also recipients of Holt’s money, as was Mitt Romney in 2012 ($2,000)”

    the best government money can buy…

  6. For those of you who continue to think that republican party is NOT fueled by racism. I give you Exhibit A below! Hell will free over before I vote for anyone with R beside their name or friend anyone who votes for anyone with a R beside their name!

  7. Cruz was a long shot to be elected US Senator in Texas and he won. He is more of a threat to actually win the GOP bid to be the presidential nominee than people realize.
    The media has forgotten to cover the fact that Cruz appointed Lee Bright to be his co-chair for his presidential campaign here in SC.
    According to Right Wing Watch “Bright, who came in second in the Republican primary against Sen. Lindsey Graham last year, spent the campaign sharing far-right conspiracy theories, pushing “nullification” measures, and making thinly veiled allusions to his nostalgia for the Confederacy” (Among other racist comments and beliefs!) He IS a racist but no one in the main stream media seems to care, but they should.
    Cruz is stocking his campaign with Muslim hating thugs and racist goons and it seems no one is paying much attention. That has to stop and Cruz needs to be labeled for the racist goon he really is.

  8. By changing their name from KKK to CCC it is supposed to make them legitimate? You can fool some of the people some of the….

  9. Strange- I noticed that it took this long for Crud to refund, but only AFTER the media paid attention.

    Which begs the question: what other reprehensible organizations Republicans have received from- but hope that no one notices?

  10. I like that Cruz did not personally state that he “gave-the-money-back”, so, hey, it doesn’t really count-no-tag-backs-nee’nr-nee’nr”. As if all this was below his “dignity”…

    These cretins were exposed in 2004; (see link below). If my math is correct, that was OVER 10 years ago!

    How is it that we are still discovering/uncovering more and more republican roaches associate with C of CC via their favorite medium (money)in 2015?

    Didn’t the Huckster get caught a few years ago giving them a little “pep-talk” during one of their “festive” BBQ’s?

    And, wasn’t there a Utah politician during the last election who invited them over to his house for a BBQ, same MO?

    Seems like there’s more roaches that need more spotlight coverage…

  11. CCC=KKK! And if you would take the word “blacks” and replace it with CONSERVATIVE in Holt’s statement THEN it is accurate and true! The “R” means not Republican but RACIST!

  12. ““I honestly pray to God that some n*gger f*cks, kills and eats you and everyone you claim to love!” – Earl Holt III, President of the Council of Conservative Citizens, in a 2004 email”

    Sounds very devout. I’m sure God is well pleased by his prayres.

  13. To suggest that any politician or their staff doesn’t vett potential donors is ridiculous.

    It may be that Cruz and those like him really aren’t aware of who their donors are, but if that’s true then there should be a wholesale firing of staff members. All anyone has to do is type in a name on the net and the needed vetting is right there. To claim ignorance is the ultimate BS.

  14. Most of these “hate groups” and racists back the Republicans, all the way from typical small towns to the top of the totem pole. Take them away, and you really don’t have a strong Republican base.

  15. Ted Cruz to white supremacists: “I hear you and I share your pain. Let’s just keep our bond on the down low for awhile.”

  16. Ted, it’s not about whether you support them because you like their ideas and think that they can help you. It’s about them supporting you because they like your ideas and know that you can and have helped them. You can’t wash that stain off. Of course your average supporter isn’t that good at subtleties when it comes to bigotry, so why worry about it?

  17. If Ted Cruz gave back all the donations he’s recieved from groups and people like this, his campaign coffers would be empty.

  18. The root word in the terms conservative & conservatism is ‘conserve’ which by definition means to “protect from destruction or harm”….Based on this definition, I have always concluded that the terms ‘conservative’ and ‘conservatism’ are used to support an ideology that espouses the conservation of white male dominance.i.e., white supremacy.

  19. That’s all that present conservatives are conserving. They sure are not conserving wilderness areas, natural resources, bearing lands,family farms, our educational systems, small businesses, affordable family life, publicly available health care, or anything else they used to conserve in Eisenhower’s day.

  20. I protest comparing Cruz and the other GOP clowns to cockroaches. It’s an insult to the cockroaches!

  21. Bullshit Cruz. You knew who and where the cash came from and took it anyway hoping no one would see. Now, show ME the receipt that proves Ya returned the money. Until I see that receipt I will not believe the money was returned.

  22. Absolutely! I’ve seen black men dig ditches, work on roads, build skyscrapers, etc.; and I’ll bet that lazyass Cruz and his ilk never lifted anything heavier than a $100 bill.


  23. It will be interesting to see what the Rethuglicans do with the money now that they have been outed as taking money from a racist.

    Walker is saying the money will go to charity. The question there is what “charity” will he donate the money to?

    Cruz is saying he will refund the money he got. In other words, here is your money back, donate it so it cannot be traced.

    Can I believe many politicians got money not knowing who Earl Holt is? Of course. I have more trouble believing no one knows if money comes from the CCC. It is not realistic to think that a campaign or politician will do a search for every donor (unless the donation is a very large amount).

    But what will they do when they find out who Earl Holt is? If, like Cruz, they refund the money to Holt they are just saying don’t be so open with your donation. Here is my dark money PAC. If they donate the money to charity, what charity?

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