A long-dormant political action committee organized more than 25 years ago to thwart the political ambitions of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is now active again and plans to run ads opposing Duke's current run for the U.S. Senate race in November.

The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, which last was active in the early 1990s, raised money to run television ads during Duke's 1990 U.S, Senate race and his 1991 Louisiana gubernatorial bid. The bipartisan group - whose new advisory committee now include two former Louisiana governors and three former U.S. Senators - also has a website, StopDuke.com, and is being advised by veteran political consultant Karen Carvin. 

Duke has not held public office since he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in a 1989 special election to fill the seat of Charles Cusimano, who resigned midway through his term. Duke's entry into the 2016 Senate race was, he has said, inspired in part by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump (who has in recent days firmly rejected Duke's support).

[jump] Last weekend, Duke sent out robocalls to Louisiana voters in which he urged them to vote a Trump/Duke ticket: "We’re losing our gun rights, our free speech. We’re taxed to death," the recorded message said. "We’re losing our jobs and businesses to unfair trade. We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke, for the U.S. Senate."

Characterizing the robocall as "absolutely disturbing, " Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told Politico, "The Trump campaign has no knowledge of the campaign that David Duke is running and we have disavowed David Duke and don't condone any of the activities he is doing." The Louisiana GOP also has rejected Duke publicly, with state Republican chair Roger Villere saying that Duke's "history of hate marks a dark stain on Louisiana's past and has no place in our current conversation." 

In a further attempt to yoke himself to the Trump campaign, Duke also has criticized Gov. John Bel Edwards for failing to meet with him and Trump regarding the Louisiana floods of 2016.

Duke, who currently runs an online radio program and maintains a white nationalist fundraising website, is an outspoken anti-Semite and racist who warns about topics like "The Shocking Connection of Jewish Media to Terror, Immigration and the LGBT Agenda!" In 2002, he pleaded guilty to felony tax charges related to fundraising from donors. 

In a statement, Tulane University professor emeritus Lawrence Powell - chair of the coalition and one of its original co-founders - stated “The struggle for racial, religious and ethnic goodwill is never really done. And that’s why we’ve decided to reactivate the Louisiana Coalition: to affirm the values of decency and civility against champions of white nationalism and racial anti-Semitism.”

Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism 
Announces Reactivation To Combat David Duke

The Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, a bipartisan political action committee originally organized in 1990, has announced its reactivation for the 2016 Louisiana U.S. Senate election.

The Coalition was reactivated to combat the candidacy of former KKK Grand Wizard and neo-Nazi David Duke, who is a candidate in the Senate race.

Lawrence Powell, Chairman of the Coalition and one of its original co-founders, stated “The struggle for racial, religious and ethnic goodwill is never really done. And that’s why we’ve decided to reactivate the Louisiana Coalition: to affirm the values of decency and civility against champions of white nationalism and racial anti-Semitism.”

Powell added, “At a time when too many of our fellow citizens have been orphaned by a calamitous storm, the last thing we need is a Senate candidate who seeks to divide instead of unite us.”

The Coalition’s Advisory Committee includes over 30 current and former elected officials, including former Senators John Breaux, Bennett Johnston, former Governors Edwin W. Edwards, Buddy Roemer, Sheriff Newell Normand, national political consultant James Carville, as well as civic, business and religious leaders from across the state. (see attached committee list).

During the 1990 U.S. Senate race and the 1991 Louisiana Governor’s race, the Coalition developed statewide media campaigns attacking Duke. One of the TV ads featured Major General Ansel Stroud, commander of the Louisiana National Guard, who told viewers, “I joined the army in 1944 to fight against the Nazis, and I’m going to fight the Nazis in this election.”

The Coalition (www.StopDuke.com) plans to develop similar ads and other materials during the current U.S. Senate campaign. 
Lawrence N. Powell, Ph.D., Chair
Professor Emeritus of History, Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

Madlyn Bagneris
Former LA Secretary of Social Services
New Orleans, LA

Elizabeth Beauvais
Sustainability Consultant
Shreveport, LA

Hon. John Breaux
Former U.S. Senator (LA)
Washington, DC

Douglas Brinkley
Professor of History, Rice University

William C. Broadhurst
Attorney, Crowley, LA

James Carville
Political Consultant, New Orleans, LA

Lawrence E. Chehardy
Assessor, Jefferson Parish, LA (retired)

Hon. John H. Dalton
Former Secretary of the Navy
Washington, DC

Hon. Edwin W. Edwards
Former Governor of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA

Rosemary Upshaw Ewing
Civic Activist, Quitman, LA

Roy Fletcher
Political Consultant, Baton Rouge, LA

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
Pastor, Monroe, LA

Jon Gegenheimer
Clerk of Court, Jefferson Parish, LA

Rannah Gray
Public Relations Consultant & Author
Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Janet Haedicke
Professor of English
University of Louisiana at Monroe

Quin Hillyer
Contributing Editor, National Review
Senior Editor, The American Spectator
Mobile, AL

Lesley Israel
National Board Member, ADL
Royal Oak, MD

Hon. Bennett Johnston
Former U.S. Senator (LA)
Washington, DC

George Kennedy
Political Consultant, Baton Rouge, LA

Anne Levy
Holocaust Survivor and Civic Activist
New Orleans, LA

Rabbi Robert “Bob” Loewy
Metairie, LA

Hon. Trent Lott
Former U.S. Senator (MS)
Washington, DC

John Madison,
Attorney, Shreveport, LA

Reverend Mack McCarter
Civic Leader and Community Activist 
Shreveport, LA

Annie Reid Mills
Community Activist, Shreveport, LA

Jean Mintz
Civic Activist, Monroe, LA

Sybil Morial
Civic Leader and Civil Rights Activist
New Orleans, LA

Ron Nabonne
Attorney, New Orleans, LA

Newell D. Normand
Sheriff, Jefferson Parish, LA

Norman Robinson
Former News Anchor
New Orleans, LA

Hon. Buddy Roemer
Former Governor of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA

Rob Smith
President, Rob Smith & Associates
Shreveport, LA

Judy Williams
President, Williams Creative Group
Shreveport, LA