A Democratic D.C. city councilman who once accused the Jews of controlling the weather and just last week snubbed the Holocaust museum may have violated campaign finance rules by taking money from the poor and giving it to a group of known anti-Semites.
The Washington Post reports that back in January White made a $500 donation to the Nation of Islam, whose leader, Louis Farrakhan, is infamous for making disparaging and outright hateful comments against Jews. The money came from White’s “constituent services account,” which is privately raised to help the poor in D.C.
What’s even worse? White’s donation went directly to the group’s Saviour’s Day conference, during which Farrakhan denounced the Jews as his “enemy.”
From the Washington Post:
White (D-Ward 8) made the Jan. 29 donation, disclosed in filings this month, from his constituent services account — private money raised by lawmakers for community causes. The funds must benefit D.C. residents, according to campaign finance law. They are often used for things such as helping a constituent in a bind pay a utility bill or to send flowers to someone in mourning.
The Nation of Islam has long performed community service for black residents in the poorest parts of the city that are represented by White. But the lawmaker’s contribution went to the group’s Saviours’ Day, an annual weekend convention where Farrakhan has denounced Jews in caustic terms.
Farrakhan, you may recall, has called Jews “Satanic,” labeling them “wicked deceivers of the American people” who “have sucked their blood,” and praised Hitler as a “very great man.”
White made headlines earlier this year for posting a video to Facebook accusing wealthy Jews of manipulating the climate to make money. He was also filmed last week cutting short his visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum, walking out mid-tour without explanation.
White is now claiming he didn’t know the donation had been made – though the community fund’s treasurer, Darryl Ross, said on the record that the lawmaker himself personally ordered the donation.
The Washington Post adds that if investigators determine White misused the community funds by donating them to Farrakhan’s group, he could end up being fined.
I guess that’s about all we can expect when a Democrat uses public money to fund abject hatred.