Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign has called for investigations into groups using the president’s name to scam his supporters.
“There is no excuse for any group, including ones run by people who claim to be part of our ‘coalition,’ to suggest they directly support President Trump’s re-election or any other candidates, when in fact their actions show they are interested in filling their own pockets with money from innocent Americans’ paychecks, and sadly, retirements,” the campaign said in a public statement on Tuesday.
The campaign then called for investigations into scamming groups.
“We encourage the appropriate authorities to investigate all alleged scam groups for potential illegal activities,” the statement read.
The Trump campaign also gave supporters four approved groups to donate to when supporting the president: the RNC, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, Trump Victory and America First Action. The campaign said the four groups were the only ones authorized by either the president or the RNC.
“There are only four official fundraising organizations authorized by President Trump or the RNC: Donald J. Trump for President, the Republican National Committee, and two joint fundraising committees with the RNC, The Trump Make American Great Again Committee (TMAGAC) and Trump Victory,” the statement from the campaign read. “In addition, there is one approved outside non-campaign group, America First Action, which is run by allies of the President and is a trusted supporter of President Trump’s policies and agendas.”
This public statement from the Trump campaign comes after a Sunday report from Axios alleged that former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie raised millions of dollars to support the president and other conservative politicians, but that only a fraction of the money actually went to political causes.
The report claims that only $425,442 of the tens of millions raised by the group went towards donations to candidates, political committees or candidate ads in 2017 and 2018.
The report also claims the group spent thousands of dollars on books authored by Bossie. Bossie has written pro-Trump books like 2017’s “Let Trump Be Trump” and 2018’s “Trump’s Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency,” which he cowrote with Corey R. Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for the president.
Axios’ report was based on a study by the Campaign Legal Center, a political watchdog group.
Bossie has dismissed the report as “fake news.”
In a public statement, Bossie, said the Axios report is “fake news brought to you by a collaboration of the biased liberal media and unabashed left-wing activists.”
Bossie was previously said to have been up for the White House chief of staff position. He reportedly interviewed with the president for the job, but the position ultimately went to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
What is the truth about Bossie’s group, the president and his campaign have made it clear where they stand and given supporters a specific roadmap for how to help in the reelection of Trump. It’s better now to simply move on from drama like this, take the campaign’s advice and look forward to what is going to be the biggest battle of 2020.
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