- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Republican congresswoman Mia Love, the lone black Republican in the House, is returning a campaign donation from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof.

Love said through a spokesman Monday that she had returned $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

An online manifesto purportedly written by Roof, the suspect in last week’s murder of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, said he learned about “brutal black on white murders” from the website of Holt’s organization.

Federal Election Commission records show Holt has contributed more than $60,000 to Republicans since 2010, including several 2016 presidential hopefuls.

The Guardian newspaper first reported the donations.

Love was elected to the U.S. House in Utah’s 4th Congressional District in November.


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