After white supremacist donation, Cassidy gives money to church victim fund
BATON ROUGE - Newly-elected U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy said he has donated $1,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund after it was revealed Earl Holt donated to his campaign.
Holt, the leader of a white supremacist group, was idolized by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof. Roof is in jail, accused of killing nine people at the African American church last week.
Cassidy's campaign for senate was just one of man Holt made donations to. Holt leads the Council of Conservative Citizens and gave the Cassidy campaign $1,000 in November 2014.
"Thousands of people across the country donated to Dr. Cassidy's campaign and embraced his philosophy, he did not endorse theirs," John Cummins, Communications Director for Senator Cassidy, said in a prepared statement. "Out of sympathy for the victims, Dr. Cassidy independently decided to give $1000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund."
The fund was set up to help victims and their families.
ABC News and the Associated Press reported Holt said it "'was not surprising' that Roof credited his group' and "that the Council of Conservative Citizens is 'hardly responsible for the actions of this deranged individual merely because he gleaned accurate information from our website.'"
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