A foundation run by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accepted a financial donation from an organization founded by avowed Nazi sympathizer Willis Carto. Moore is the GOP nominee in an Alabama special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
On Oct. 19, tax filings indicated that in 2005, Moore's nonprofit Foundation for Moral Law accepted a $1,000 contribution from the Foundation to Defend the First Amendment, a group founded by Carto that has also cut checks to groups who deny the Holocaust occurred and promote conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, HuffPost reports.
Carto, who died in 2015, was a vocal white nationalist and anti-Semite. Despite being awarded a Purple Heart as a U.S. veteran of World War II, Carto later stated he regretted not fighting on the side of Nazi Germany.
Carto supported publications that promoted pro-Nazi views and professed anti-Semitism. Foundation to Defend the First Amendment largely donated to Holocaust denier groups and organizations that claimed the 9/11 attack was committed by Israel.
"The basic goal of every editorial board meeting for Carto was to find out what's upsetting people and finds ways to blame it on Israel," said Todd Blodgett, a former FBI informant who spent two years undercover in white supremacist groups.
Pat Shannan, a white nationalist and prominent 9/11 conspiracy theorist, sat on the board of Carto's group when it donated to Moore's group. On Sept. 27, Shannan endorsed Moore's campaign in an editorial of a white supremacist website, asserting that the Senate candidate was "much closer to our ideal Alt-South candidate: Southern, Christian, populist and nationalist, slashing and willing to defy the federal government."
Moore has been surrounded by controversy since serving as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. In 2003, the judge was suspended from his position after refusing a federal court order to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from judicial property. He was re-elected to the court in 2013 but then permanently suspended in 2016 after he refused to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
On Oct. 11, it was disclosed that Moore received an undisclosed annual salary of $180,000 from the Foundation for Moral Law between 2007 and 2012. The GOP candidate cumulatively received more than $1 million from the charity, despite publicly stating that he did not take a regular salary from the nonprofit, The Washington Post reports.
Moore has not yet responded to reports that his nonprofit accepted a donation from Carto's organization. The GOP candidate will face off against Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones in the Alabama special election on Dec. 12.
On Oct. 17, a Fox News poll found that Alabama voters were evenly split over Jones and Moore, with both candidates receiving 42 percent support. Of those polled, 11 percent were undecided.