Rep. Mia Love will return $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, a white supremacist whose writings reportedly inspired Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof.
A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mia Love said Monday that she would be returning the three donations Holt made to her campaign immediately, after being contacted by CNN.
Love made history last November when Utah residents selected her as the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress.
Holt, who is president of the Council of Conservative Citizens, donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum in previous elections.
The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Council of Conservative Citizens as a hate group. The group, on its website, formally denounced the killings in Charleston last week, but Holt wrote in a post that Roof and others had “legitimate grievances” based on alleged black-on-white violence.