Ron Paul keeps donation from white supremacist, aide says
By Brian Skoloff
Asscociated Press Writer
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.19.2007
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. â€” Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has received a $500 campaign donation from a white supremacist, and the Texas congressman doesnâ€™t plan to return it, an aide said Wednesday.
Don Black, of West Palm Beach, recently made the donation, according to campaign filings. He runs a Web site called Stormfront with the motto, â€œWhite Pride World Wide.â€ The site welcomes postings to the â€œStormfront White Nationalist Community.â€
â€œDr. 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, heâ€™s wasted his money,â€ Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said. â€œRon is going to take the money and try to spread the message of freedom.
â€œAnd thatâ€™s $500 less that this guy has to do whatever it is that he does,â€ Benton added.
Comment: Good for Paul! Look, there are two situations in which one would return a campaign donation: 1, The candidate is for sale; 2, The candidate is a punk. In the first case, a candidate might return a donation from someone who’s agenda was in conflict with the candidate. This is an admission that, by accepting the money, the candidate signs-on to the donors agenda – in other words, he would be selling himself. In the second case, a candidate may return the a donation out of fear of bad press, or grumblings from his base, or other donors – this is a punk. If Paul received a donation from a commie, should he return it? If he received a donation form a Democrat, should he return it? Where does this end?
Bob Dole (punk) returned a large donation from the Log Cabin Club when he was running for president because an aide told him that it would upset the base. Ronald Reagan received a large donation from the same group when he ran for president, and got the same advice from an aide. Reagan explained to the aide that the donation meant that the Log Cabin Club was signing on to his plan, no the other way around, and instructed him to keep the money. Reagan and Paul “get it.”