Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's squabble with the conservative Club for Growth advocacy group escalated on Sunday when he produced a letter purportedly showing the organization asking him for a $1 million donation.
"@TheUSDesigns: @seanhannity WOW! Here is letter that mafia organization of extortion, Club for Growth, sent http://t.co/23mmupZcLw"— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1441586940.0
The photo came five days after Trump accused the club of becoming "nasty" toward him when he refused to give them the money during a meeting. The group then accused the real estate magnate of requesting the meeting.
"Thought he could buy us off," the club stated. "Worst Kind of Politician."
Actually @realDonaldTrump asked for that mtg & then asked for races he could support. Thought he could buy us off. Worst Kind of Politician— Club for Growth (@Club for Growth)1441161085.0
The club also highlighted a 2011 column pointing out that Trump had defined himself as "liberal" on health care, and did so again after Trump posted the letter:
.@realDonaldTrump Still loves socialized medicine, but hopes conservatives look the other way. #WorstKindOfPolitician http://t.co/pVu0sQh3UO— Club for Growth (@Club for Growth)1441587455.0
As Politico reported, the club has promised to bundle contributions to the campaigns of fellow Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker.