Former President Donald J. Trump has sent a cease-and-desist letter to at least 3 Republican organizations telling them not to use his name and likeness to fundraise, according to multiple Trump advisers.
These organizations sent emails out with President Trump’s name, including incentives such as their name would appear on a thank you card for Trump. Another example, according to politico, includes the statement: “President Trump will always stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!”. The organizations are some of the biggest fundraiser committees for the Republican Party. They were the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, and National Republican Congressional Committee. Allegedly President Trump had never given his permission to use his name for these fundraisers [Politico].
According to some, these letters could be used to stop government officials who voted to impeach Trump or went against him from using President Trump’s name to raise money to win their seats. This comes as a shock to some because Trump had recently spoken at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), laying out a plan to win back the senate and house of representatives during the midterm elections in 2022. A demand to not use his name could hinder the GOP’s ability to raise enough money to challenge the seats in midterm elections. Trump’s lawyers have stated that this legal action was “imminent”.
This action could also complicate President Trump’s relationship with the GOP, which is already strained after many GOP members turned on him and voted to impeach the former President. In addition, some GOP members, such as Liz Cheney, have been outspoken of their criticism for Former President Trump. These tensions continue to split the party and President Trump not allowing the GOP to not fundraise in his name will strain their relationship even more [Washington Post].
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