Paul Keeps Donation From White Supremacist
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has received a $500 campaign donation from a white supremacist, and the Texas congressman doesn't plan to return it, an aide said Wednesday.
Don Black, of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently made the donation, according to campaign filings. He runs a Web site called Stormfront with the motto, "White Pride World Wide." The site welcomes postings to the "Stormfront White Nationalist Community."
"Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity and inalienable rights. If someone with small ideologies happens to contribute money to Ron, thinking he can influence Ron in any way, he's wasted his money," Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said. "Ron is going to take the money and try to spread the message of freedom.
"And that's $500 less that this guy has to do whatever it is that he does," Benton added.
Black said he supports Paul's stance on ending the war in Iraq, securing America's borders and his opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
"We know that he's not a white nationalist. He says he isn't and we believe him, but on the issues, there's only one choice," Black said Wednesday.
On his Web site, Black says he has been involved in "the White patriot movement for 30 years."
The Web site LoneStarTimes first reported on Black's donation on Oct. 25.
I think this is good. He knows the person that donated the money doesn't agree with everything he says, and is perhaps promoting things that are morally wrong. That, however, is the beauty of freedom. We all have the freedom to make dumb decisions, believe in things that are wrong, dislike someone for the color of their skin or the tenets of their faith, and the freedom to live in a country where we can make those mistakes. That's not to say there won't be repercussions for our actions, should we choose to do something outside the scope of the law, but we still have the freedom to make that decision in the first place. That's what I love about Ron Paul. That, and he's just so darn cute!