Trump hits RNC, NRCC, and NRSC with cease-and-desist papers over use of his name for fundraising

For most, it was made perfectly clear at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference that former President Donald Trump will clearly be the leading figure in the background of the Republican party leading into the 2022 elections.

According to the Washington Examiner, however, Trump and his legal team are apparently unhappy with the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee using his name to raise money and, therefore, sent the organizations cease-and-desist letters to make clear he wants them to stop. 

“Explicit approval” not granted

There’s been no sign of any kind of fallout between Trump and the three organizations, which are powerhouse fundraising groups that bolster Republican candidates in a variety of election campaigns across the country, including when Trump made his runs in 2016 and 2020.

One of the former president’s advisers made clear that Trump still fully supports all three arms of the Republican fundraising movement, but that it doesn’t mean they have free reign to use Trump’s name and likeness to keep building their respective campaign war chests.

“President Trump remains committed to the Republican Party and electing America First conservatives, but that doesn’t give anyone — friend or foe — permission to use his likeness without explicit approval,” an adviser reportedly told Politico.

One of the logical lines of speculation as to why Trump would not want his name to be associated with the organizations’ fundraising attempts is that they’ll undoubtedly be raising money for the former president’s newest political enemies, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Some have remarked that even though the 45th president vowed to use his influence for the 2022 midterms, kicking off that effort with a round of cease-and-desist letters isn’t a great start.

Only one way to donate

The former president made clear during the 2021 CPAC speech that he was not interested in splitting off a third political party, despite rumors leading up to the event that it was somewhat of a possibility.

“We’re not starting new parties. You know, they kept saying, ‘He’s gonna start a brand new party.’ We have the Republican Party. It’s going to unite and be stronger than ever before. I am not starting a new party,” Trump told the CPAC audience.

He capped off his speech by letting those in attendance and the millions watching at home that there’s only one legitimate way to donate to the efforts he’ll launch to take various Republican candidates across the victory line next year.

“There’s only one way to contribute to our efforts to elect ‘America First’ Republican conservatives and, in turn, to make America great again, and that’s through Save America PAC and donaldjtrump.com,” Trump said.

Only time will tell how the three organizations react to not being able to use Trump’s name and likeness to generate the funds needed for next year and beyond, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to predict that Trump’s PAC will likely be the new fundraising leader on the block, given his base of tens of millions of loyal supporters.

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  1. I quit giving to blanket Republicans since I do not want my money going to RINOs who side with democrats. I will not support them in any way, Immediately after CPAC, I donated to President Trump’s Save America PAC, knowing that I won’t be contributing to RINOs, but to America First candidates. I also do give to strong Republicans individually. I love that President Trump has taken this stance.

  2. Should have been done years ago. They have been spineless or taking the money from lobbyists for years. Get on the ball stand up for our country, represent the people who elected you, and start showing love for this country.

    1. I only donate directly to the candidate i want never to thes organization. Have only donated to the nrc once and found out they gave to mcconnell for re-election i didn’t like it even with Trump supporting him. I just don’t like turtle face.

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  4. I totally agree with doing things this way that Trump has set up! I only do individuals, and rarely at that! I have seen extreme betrayal once these so called republicans get into office in the past! They’re just telling us what there marketing people tell them to say. Then once in office, then the campaign trail, its gives us your money and get the hell out of our way! Were up in the Belt Way doing what the big Corporation’s want us to do!

  5. Why should they be able to trade on his name to get donations? He is right to ask them to cease and desist.

  6. I quit donating to RNC a long time ago bc they don’t support conservative values ie too many RINO’S! I will contribute to Trump and his PAC so I know where my money is being used.

  7. President Donald Trump is truly on making America great again agenda and I agree we should not support those that oppose conservatives family Christianity pro-life quotes family traditional marriages traditional family we need Christ back in our government in God we trust not in biden/kamala not an Obama not in Pelosi not in China not in Satan. God We Trust. President Donald Trump you have millions millions of people who will re-elect you once again amen

  8. JUDGE NAPOLITANO: Silencing free speech, DID YOU READ THE FIRST AMENDMENT BEFORE YOU WERE VOTED IN AS JUDGE STUPID.

  9. If you want your vote counted, DONATE ONLY TO YOUR CANDIDATE! If you donate to any of the organizations, they have full discretion on who they can give the funds to! Example: You give a donation to the NRSC and they allocate your funds to Liz Chaney’s campaign. You despise Chaney, of course, because she is a Traitor like McConnell. Swamp Creatures ALL!

  10. I drop kicked them all a long time ago.
    They have done nothing but back stab and sabatouge President Trump from the beginning.

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