William Johnson of 350 South Figueroa Street, apartment #190 in Los Angeles, California established the American National Trump Super PAC in November of 2015. The stated purpose of this political action committee is to enable white supremacists to support the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Johnson is the chairman of the American Freedom Party, an explicitly racist political party, with a political platform that begins with the statement, “White Americans should push back!” (Thanks to Stephen Kent Gray for pointing them out, along with their connection to James Edwards, who was given special privileges by the Trump campaign, to us.)
The American National Trump Super PAC has been active throughout the presidential primaries, paying to obtain data about Republicans’ telephone numbers and then setting up robocalls, though an automated dialing machine that plays recorded racist messages urging voters to get out and vote for Donald Trump.
One call featured the preacher Ronald Tan and Jared Taylor, publisher of a racist magazine and conference series full of statements such as this: “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.” The Tan and Taylor robocall ran like this:
‘My name is Reverend Ronald Tan, host of the Christian radio talk show program For God and Country. First Corinthians states: God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise and God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong. For the Iowa caucuses, please support Donald Trump. He is courageous and he speaks his mind. God Bless.’ ‘I’m Jared Taylor with American Renaissance. I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America. We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.’”
The most recent robocall from the American National Trump Super PAC is as follows:
“The American National Super PAC makes this call in support of Donald Trump. My name is William Johnson. I am a farmer and a white nationalist. This robocall goes out to all millennials and others who are honest in all their dealings. Mitt Romney has viciously attacked Donald Trump. Mitt Romney and his establishment conservatives are both mean spirited and dishonest. The white race is being replaced by other peoples in America and in all white countries. Donald Trump stands strong as a nationalist. Mitt Romney and his establishment conservatives pretend they don’t care. Mitt Romney and his mean-spirited, establishment conservatives protect big moneyed interests where captains of industry reap billions in profits while the working man struggles to make ends meet in a rented apartment. Donald Trump is a populist. He cares about the working man. Vote Trump.”
In the United States of America, we have freedom of speech. That means that it isn’t against the law to be a white supremacist.
It is, however, against the law for a political action committee to spend money to support or oppose the campaigns of federal political candidates without reporting their spending to the FEC.
That the American National Trump Super PAC has been spending money to help the Donald Trump for President campaign is a matter of public record. However, the political action committee has not sent information about this spending to the FEC, as is required by law.
The FEC has already sent a warning letter to the American National Trump Super PAC, warning that it has failed to submit required reports, and may face financial fines as a result.
The time has come for the FEC to take the next step, and impose those fines on the American National Trump Super PAC, to shut it down. The FEC ought to be hauling William Johnson into court, stopping the racist robocalls, not as a form of censorship, but as a matter of applying campaign finance law.
However, the FEC won’t do that. The reason: Republican and Democrats appointed to run the FEC refuse to work together, and so, the regulatory body is unable to move forward to enforce campaign finance law. It’s a free-for-all, and a great deal of money is flowing into some very dark places, with no transparency.