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Ron Paul campaign addresses questionable donations

I only bring this up because at the Washtenaw GOP Executive Committee meeting earlier this month, a member asked me if I could give the official explanation for why Dr. Paul did not return a contribution from a neo-Nazi.  I said I could not speak on official behalf of the campaign, but my personal belief was that the campaign was too busy to be in the business of returning contributions, and besides, all kinds of messed-up people support all different candidates. 

Last Tuesday, the Ron Paul campaign's communications director, Jesse Benton, responded to the charge in a letter to the National Review, saying essentially the same thing, but in better words:

"Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity, and the protection of inalienable individual rights. He knows that liberty is the antidote for racism, anti-Semitism, and other small minded ideologies. Dr. Paul has focused all of his energy on winning the presidency so he can cut the size of government and protect the freedom of every American. Neither he nor his staff is going to waste time screening donors. If a handful of individuals with views anathema to Dr. Paul’s send in checks, then they have wasted their money. I cannot profess to understand the motivations of Don Black as neither Dr. Paul nor I know who he is, but a simple Google search shows that his $500 contribution has netted him at least 88 news hits, including Charen’s column. Perhaps a better explanation for his “contribution” is not support for Ron, but the attention he knew he would receive."

The full response, to the full hit-piece, is located here.