It may be a bad time to be endorsed by Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or ALIPAC. The group is once again being accused of ties to white supremacist groups and Nazism, this time by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DCCC released a statement Monday alleging that Jesse Kelly, a Republican candidate for Congress from Arizona, “has doggedly pursued the support of a group with known white supremacist, anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi ties.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee noted, tied ALIPAC to white supremacists when the group endorsed his primary opponent in March, while the Anti-Defamation League has accused the group of unfairly demonizing illegal immigrants.
ALIPAC denies having any ties to white supremacists, Nazism or anti-Semitism. “This attack comes while there is zero evidence that ALIPAC or any officers of ALIPAC have ever sought or intentionally received any support from such groups!” the group wrote in an email to its supporters today.
Kelly’s campaign isn’t happy with the characterization either. “There is a special place in hell for those who would slander combat veterans who would have gladly been mutilated, subjected to chemical weapons and killed in defense of our freedom,” Kelly campaign manager Adam Kwasman told Politico.
As Republican candidates often sough to prove their conservative values during primaries, endorsements from ALIPAC were doled out only to candidates considered toughest on illegal immigration. But the group backs some Democrats as well, although all are incumbents and most are Blue Dogs: Reps. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.).