According to a report from MSNBC's Steve Benen, Donald Trump's battle with the three major arms of the Republican Party's fundraising apparatus is a losing one.
On Saturday the ex-president sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senate Committee that they were banned from using his name and likeness in fundraising appeals -- which Republicans ignored through the weekend.
On Monday afternoon the one-term ex-president seemed to reach a truce with the Republican entities only to have Trump issue a statement urging conservatives to only send money to his PAC instead of the "RINOS" -- by which he meant "Republicans in Name Only."
According to Benen, it is likely Trump gave up the legal battle because he was informed the law would not be on his side.
"There are legal experts who can speak to this with more authority than I can, but for what it's worth, it looks like the RNC has the law on its side," Benen wrote. "As we discussed yesterday, Trump is a prominent public figure, and political organizations almost certainly don't need his permission to use his name and likeness in their fundraising appeals. Republicans frequently use House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in their solicitations, too, and there's not a whole lot the California Democrat can do about it."
With that in mind, the ex-president has apparently decided to compete with the GOP in an effort to gain control of the party now that he is out of office, with Benen writing, "Instead, the former president believes Republicans should simply give Trump the money. Give Trump the power. Give Trump the trust. Let Trump decide which candidates get support. Let Trump decide which races are worthy of investment. Let Trump decide who should win and lose primaries."
"It's not as if the former president has a track record of corruption and poor judgment, right?" he wrote with tongue firmly in cheek.
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