An attorney for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has sent what his campaign describes as a "scathing" letter trying to halt negative ads being run against him.
Trump General Counsel Alan Garten says that the ad run by the Club for Growth relies on 15-yr-old quote in an article to contend that Trump supports higher taxes; “nothing could be further from the truth”
Garten also says in a letter “we will commence a multi-million dollar lawsuit” unless Club for Growth stops running ad, agrees not to spread inaccurate information in future.
"I am not surprised the dishonest, irrelevant and totally failing Club for Growth has resorted to attacking the definitive front runner, especially after I refused to contribute to their pathetic group," Trump said in his own statement.
"We will be releasing my current tax proposal, which is a major decrease in taxes, in the next week and will continue to expose the two faced hypocrisy of the Club for Growth and the problems groups like this perpetuate within a broken Washington, D.C."
The Club for Growth said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that the ads would continue.
“Tough guy Donald Trump starts whining when his liberal record is revealed,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.
“Trump has advocated higher taxes numerous times over many years, just like he’s advocated for universal health care, the Wall Street bailout, and expanded government powers to take private property”
“We suggest that Donald grow up, stop whining, and try to defend his liberal record," McIntosh wrote.
Trump's attorney's letter to the Washington-based Club claims its new ads portraying Trump as too liberal are replete with lies and falsehoods.
It takes particular issue with one of the ad's claims that Trump supports higher taxes.
The billionaire businessman once advocated slapping a one-time 14.25 percent tax on people with a net worth $10 million or more. But he has since changed his position.
The letter calls on the conservative advocacy group to immediately stop airing the ads or risk a "multi-million dollar" lawsuit.
A spokesman for the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump has been feuding with the Club for several weeks. Earlier this month, the billionaire that the Club had "asked for a ridiculous $1,000,000 contribution."
"I said no way!" Trump said in a tweet at the beginning of the month. The Club for Growth promptly shot back that Trump had sought them out. Trump actually "asked for that mtg & then asked for races he could support. Thought he could buy us off. Worst Kind of Politician," the Club said in its tweet.
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