Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Over at The Nation Max Blumenthal takes a look at the crowd Tony Perkins used to hang with back in the day, before he joined the Family Research Council and sponsored "Justice Sunday: Stop the Filibuster Against People of Faith," the Christian TV extravaganza in which "[m]any of the speakers compared the plight of conservative Christians to the civil rights movement":
Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America's premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,000 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke.