Hundreds of groups claiming support for President Donald Trump have made millions fundraising off his name, but little of that money has gone to support his re-election, Politico reports.
"There's nothing we can do to stop them," said Kelly Sadler, a spokeswoman for the sole Trump-authorized super PAC, America First. "This is a problem for the campaign, as well as us, as well as for the RNC."
About 20 Trump-focused groups, including Latinos for the President and MAGA Coalition, have collected $46.7 million between January 2017 and June 2019. In addition, more than 250 Facebook pages have unloaded over $4 million on Trump-themed advertising without registering as political committees.
"It's taking advantage of people who want to give [money], and a vast majority of this money doesn't go to the campaigns. It doesn't go to the cause," said Matt Gorman, former communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
The Trump campaign has called on federal authorities to investigate any potentially illegal actions, and said they have sent letters to the Federal Election Commission, saying only America First should continue to operate.
"President Trump's campaign condemns any organization that deceptively uses the president's name, likeness, trademarks, or branding and confuses voters," the Trump campaign said in a statement to Politico. "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. We encourage the appropriate authorities to investigate all alleged scam groups for potential illegal activities."
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