$ 8,059.00: More On Tancredo

Since 2000, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo has received $8,059 from six controversial figures, according to watchdog groups and Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports.

Yesterday, a man named Joe McCutchen was introduced, who had given Tancredo a total of $500-once in 2002 and another time in 2004.

He was found to have been involved of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), two civil rights watch groups.From the SPLC:

Joe McCutchen, who announced the formation of Protect Arkansas Now on Friday from the steps of the Capitol in Little Rock, was a member of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) in 2001, according to the CCC’s newspaper. He gave a speech on a panel of that year’s CCC conference where he was joined by two well-known white supremacist immigrant-bashers.

[McCutchen in a later interview denied ever having been a member of the CCC. His lawyer, in a June 29 letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center, said McCutchen had “never enrolled knowingly as a member of the CCC” and, in any event, “has now distanced himself from the CCC.”]

It was also found that McCutchen had written a letter to a newspaper, accusing Jewish “Zionists” of owning the media and perpetuating war in the Middle East.

Today, this series will look at Barbara Coe, who gave Tancredo $500 in 2004, and $500 in 2005.

The SPLC alleges that Coe repeatedly refers to Mexicans as “savages”:

Claiming an unlikely 26,000 members, the California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) is headed by Barbara Coe, a woman who has referred repeatedly to Mexican immigrants as “savages.” Coe founded CCIR in 1994 as a co-sponsor of California’s Proposition 187, which would have denied social and medical benefits to illegal immigrants and their children.

Coe joined other co-sponsors in an attempt to recall California’s governor, who she derides as a communist and refers to as “Gov. Gray ‘Red’ Davis.”

Today, she claims to have exposed a secret Mexican plan to take over the American Southwest; favors using the military to seal the U.S.-Mexican border; and charges that a shadowy “New World Order” is being imposed on America by “globalists.”

Coe and VCT chief Glenn Spencer stage annual Fourth of July rallies that have drawn prominent neo-Nazis. Barbara Coe’s political activities convinced the Orange County Weekly to name her in 1999 one of the “scariest” people in Orange County.

The Denver Post has also reported that Coe has said she has been involved with the CCC:

Barbara Coe, co-author of a 1994 California ballot initiative denying illegal immigrants access to public schools and hospitals, donated $500 to Tancredo’s 2004 campaign and has long been a key supporter. Proceeds from the “Tancredo for President” bumper sticker, which sell for $2 each, go to another Coe group, California Coalition for Immigrant Reform. Tancredo spoke at a 2003 event put on by that group.

Coe said she belonged to and spoke at an event of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group that declares on its website that it opposes “all efforts to mix the races of mankind (and) to promote non-white races over the European-American people.” It sells T-shirts that say: “White pride. Save our Culture.”

Next: Roger Barnett and $1000 to Tancredo.

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 erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.