Donald Trump wants all donations made to super PACs supporting him to be returned, and he disavowed any link to them, the Republican presidential candidate announced Friday, according to Politico. And the real estate mogul wants everyone else to follow his lead.
The announcement comes a day after the main super PAC backing Trump closed amid scrutiny about its relationship to the campaign itself. Trump has never given his endorsement to that super PAC (Make America Great) or any of the other eight super PACs supporting his run.
According to a statement released by Trump’s campaign, the candidate’s legal counsel sent letters to all of the groups on Wednesday, citing confusion that their involvement could cause it could cause with supporters.
“We are providing this written notice that your organization is not authorized to use Mr. Trump’s name and likeness in connection with its fundraising activities, and we are formally disavowing such activities. Thus, given the invocation of Donald J. Trump in connection with your activities, we ask that you refund all funds received by you in connection with any fundraising undertaken to specifically support and/or done in the name of Donald J. Trump…The campaign has never received money from your PAC, nor does the campaign want any money, services or goods from your committee,” the letter said, according to the campaign.
In the last quarter, Trump raised $3.9 million from roughly 75,000 individual donors.