People que to lay flowers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 19, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions. Police detained 21-year-old Dylann Roof, shown wearing the flags of defunct white supremacist regimes in pictures taken from social media, after nine churchgoers were shot dead during bible study on June 17. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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The first black Republican woman elected to Congress is returning $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, the alleged white supremacist whose writings have reportedly inspired Charleston shooter Dylann Roof.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mia Love said Monday that she would be returning the three donations Holt made to her campaign immediately, after being contacted by CNN.

Love made history last November when Utah residents selected her as the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress.

Holt, who is president Council of Conservative Citizens, donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum in previous elections.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Council of Concerned Citizens as a hate group. The group, on its website, formally denounced the killings in Charleston last week, but Holt wrote in a post that Roof and others had “legitimate grievances” based on alleged black-on-white violence.

The presidential donations were first reported by The Guardian on Sunday. Holt gave $1,750 to Paul and $8,500 to Cruz’s campaign and super PAC.

A Paul spokesman said Monday that the Holt donations would be given instead to to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to assist families of the victims.

Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said that they didn’t have time to return the donations to Holt and instead donated $11,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

Santorum’s campaign said they would also donate the money to the fund.

Holt has given $62,500 to top-name Republicans since 2010, according to federal records, including $2,000 to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. He also donated $1,000 to former U.S. Rep. Allen West, the black Republican congressman from Florida.

Tea party-backed candidates, including Paul, Cruz, Santorum and others have been the biggest beneficiaries of Holt’s donations. Holt also donated to the failed bids of tea party stalwarts Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.