Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer sent letters to three prominent Republican fundraising organizations ordering them to end their practice of using his name and likeness to solicit donations.
The letters were sent to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The move followed an email from the Republican National Committee last week for supporters to sign a thank you card for Trump.
While committed to the conservative values of the Republican Party, Trump no longer wants Republican organizations to use his name or likeness without his explicit consent. The action may serve as a safeguard following his second impeachment battle following the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
The former president previously rejected the rumors of starting his own Patriot Party. In his recent Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) speech, Trump declared,
“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.”
The legal action may also serve as part of the former president’s updated fundraising strategy. In his CPAC speech, Trump also encouraged supporters to donate to his Save America PAC.
Further, Trump has also declared his plans to primary weak Republicans, particularly those who voted against him during his second impeachment. This included 10 Republicans in the House and seven in the Senate.
His effort may include a strong focus on controlling the flow of support within the Republican Party. Trump has already provided his list of Republicans he plans to target in the 2022 midterms.
Among those include Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who voted against Trump during his recent impeachment. Trump has even noted he would gladly travel the 5,000-miles to campaign against her.
One thing is certain: Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party. His cease-and-desist letters show he wants to control his leadership more closely as he makes future plans, including a potential 2024 presidential run.