Another Tancredo Donor Linked To White Power

It was reported yesterday that a Michigan resident with ties to hate groups had given $3000 to Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo. But now there is another donor with alleged links to white power. And he’s living in Colorado.

According to FEC records, Fred Elbel, a software engineer and co-chair of the group Defend Colorado Now, gave $1319 dollars to Tancredo in 2004. Currently, Elbel is facing criticism for a racist e-mail message he authored, and his connections with white supremacists.Besides being involved with Defend Colorado Now-a group that was  trying to get immigration litigation on the state ballot-Elbel is also the spokesman for the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR), a group responsible for posting anti-immigration billboards around Denver. 

A new report put out by the Center For New Community is claiming that Elbel, while working with an advocacy group to overthrow the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors, sent out an e-mail saying the following:

Damned right. I hate ’em all – negroes, wasps, spics, eskimos, jews, honkies, krauts, ruskies, ethopans, pakis, hunkies, pollocks and marxists; there are way too many of them. I’m all for trout, elephants, bacteria, whales, wolves, birds, parrot fish, deciduous foliage and mollusks. Time to rebalance the planet, bleeding heart liberals be damned. [sic]

The study also points to Elbel’s relationship with Brenda Walker, who worked with him to defeat (unsuccessfully) the Sierra Club board and replace it with immigration-focused directors. Walker posts on numerous websites, and was quoted saying that the “belief that all cultures are equal-the central tenet of multicultural society-does not bear even the most cursory examination.”

Another cited connection is with Virginia Abernethy, who used to be an advisor to CAIR and was found to be connected with two white supremacist publications, including one published by the Council of Conservative Citizens, The Citizens Informer.

According to the Defend Colorado Now website, Tom Tancredo filed one of the group’s attempted initiatives in December 2003. The donation by Elbel came less than a year after, in September.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at