Trump, Republicans clash over using his name to fundraise

Tanya Simon
March 11, 2021

Late Monday, after word of the RNC's response to the cease-and-desist letter, Trump issued a statement encouraging Republican donors to give to his Save America PAC instead of organizations or people he considers RINOs, Republicans in name only.

Former President Donald Trump is appealing directly to his supporters to send money to his PAC and not to "RINOS".

Former US President Donald Trump has asked three Republican organisations to stop using his name and likeness to raise money, a Trump adviser told the Reuters news agency on Saturday, confirming an earlier report by US news outlet Politico.

The orders came down after a lawyer for the Republican National Committee responded Monday to a cease-and-desist letter from a Trump attorney about the fundraising campaign.

The RNC pushed back a little, saying the party "has every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech, and it will continue to do so" in pursuit of common goals of electing Republican candidates and advancing conservative policies, Riemer said in the letter.

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Trump is using his Save America SuperPAC to raise money in part to help hand-picked Republican candidates in the 2022 congressional elections.

"They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base - they will never lead us to Greatness". House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Steve Scalise have also visited with Trump and most House Republicans - with the notable exception of GOP conference chair Liz Cheney - view the former President as their standard-bearer.

The RNC and Trump's campaign worked hand-in-hand during the 2020 election, including raising money through a joint fundraising committee. Some of them are expected to challenge Republican incumbents.

The letter indicated Trump would participate in the party's donor retreat scheduled for next month in Palm Beach, Florida, which is home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

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