Donald Trump unloaded on the establishment GOP for fundraising off his name without his permission.
That’s not all. Trump and his new campaign team are also cracking down on the use of the president’s name for fundraising — a huge draw attracting small-dollar donors. Three sources told us that Trump, who made his fortune licensing his name, has felt burned and “abused” by the GOP bandying about his name to haul in money.
His team has conveyed that any Republican or GOP committee seeking to use it needs explicit approval, according to five sources familiar with the situation. One Trump adviser said they’ve been sending out cease-and-desists to faux PACs using Trump’s name to fundraise, among other demands to knock it off.
Here are the organizations the three cease-and-desist letters were sent:
The adviser, confirming a report in Politico, said that lawyers for Trump on Friday had sent cease-and-desist letters to the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Campaign and National Republican Senate Campaign, asking them to stop using his name and likeness on fundraising emails and merchandise.
How big I think this can be can’t be overstated. Trump just sent cease-and-desist letters to basically the power structure of the Republican Party.
What this shows me is that Trump is getting ready to unload on the GOP establishment and the weak candidates they support.
Now, when Trump decides to back a primary opponent to the establishments pick they can’t use Trump to boost their candidate.
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