Political finance documents reveal a Tri-State man with ties to a white nationalist group is on the payroll for a local campaign.
Doctor Richard Moss is running for a seat in the U.S. House, but he’ll have to beat fellow Republican Larry Bucshon in the May primary for that chance.
Helping Moss’ campaign is a man named Caleb Shumaker and some may consider his history shaky.
He says it’s part of the past, but after a series of phone calls and call-backs, he stopped answering questions Eyewitness News posed today.
“I’m not going to give you my official title,” Shumaker told reporter Stuart Hammer over the phone Wednesday.
A source says Shumaker is the director for Moss’ campaign, though he said on the phone he is a volunteer, making phone calls and going door-to-door.
The campaign’s finances show a $201.25 payment to Shumaker for “campaign supplies.”
According to an Indy Star report, his involvement with “National Youth Front” lasted less than a month in 2014. When he joined years ago, Shumaker says he didn’t know what he was getting into.
“It wasn’t anything when I joined it,” Shumaker says, “it was a couple individuals I didn’t know, who knew me, said ‘hey we should get millennials together.’”
Shumaker says the group took on white nationalist views “when they tried to get involved with the American Freedom Party,” at which point, Shumaker says he quit.
He’s now part of Moss’ campaign in the 8th congressional district. Before that, he worked the U.S. Senate campaign for Republican Mike Braun. The Indy Star reports Braun’s campaign fired Shumaker after learning of his history with white nationalists.
Shumaker denies that happened. “I resigned from that campaign to start a [political action committee]. This whole idea of he fired me is completely false.”
According to Shumaker’s Indiana First PAC, the group aims to “grow the Trump coalition.” There are no political endorsements listed on the website.
Shumaker and the Moss campaign deny any connection to white nationalist views.
“Everybody here knows the truth,” Shumaker says. “I was part of something, when I found out what it was, I left … because of their ethnic racial views I didn’t agree with.”
As questions about his past continued, Shumaker changed his stance and directed our reporter to campaign spokesman Andrew Ireland.
A statement from Moss’ campaign reads as follows:
“Caleb Shumaker has been a volunteer for my campaign for several months and I have appreciated his help along the way. I can say from our interactions these salacious allegations are false. Caleb is a strong young conservative and devout in his faith.
Caleb is the father of a multi-ethnic family, is volunteering for a Jewish candidate for Congress, and is himself a strong supporter of Israel. This is fake news and a planted story by Congressman Bucshon’s desperate re-election campaign. Let me be clear, there is no place for racism and White Nationalism in the Republican party.
I would encourage Congressman Bucshon to stop playing racial politics and own up to his own struggles. After moving his family to Washington full-time, proving he cannot keep his hands to himself, and demonstrating he is afraid to debate, Congressman Bucshon has stooped to a new low. Republican voters will hold him accountable at the ballot box.”
Eyewitness News reached out to the Buchson campaign Wednesday for a response and have not heard back.
(This story was originally published April 11, 2018)