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Donald Trump: Reagan Foundation demands Trump Campaign and RNC to stop using former POTUS' image
Despite the pandemic turning the traditional election campaigning upside down with candidates resorting to other means to raise funds. As the campaign of Donald Trump continues to haul in donations, the Reagan Foundation recently requested that the Trump campaign, as well as the RNC, stop using the former president’s image and likeness in order to fundraise.
The Hill reports that the foundation of former president Ronald Reagan asked the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee to stop using his name and likeness to garner donations. This request follows the fundraising emails sent out by the Trump campaign to donors and supporters back on July 19 that those who would donate $45 or more would be able to receive “limited edition” sets of two gold coins that feature Trump and Reagan. The email’s subject line wrote “Ronald Reagan and Yours Truly” with the sender named Donald J. Trump.
The proceeds from the sales will go to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, which will support both the Trump Campaign and the RNC.
The Foundation soon contacted the RNC upon receiving word about the coins. “We own the likeness of President Reagan and they used his image for the coin without our consent. We called the RNC and asked them to cease and desist the use of President Reagan for the coin and they agreed,” said Reagan Foundation Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Giller in a statement.
The Reagan Foundation is still looking into how many coin sets were sold so far, as well as how many people received such an email. The foundation is also considering to take legal measures.
Meanwhile, Trump spent the weekend playing golf at the Trump golf club in Bedminster alongside NFL star Brett Favre. A photo of the two was shared by White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, who said that Trump was at the golf club to attend a fundraising event. The event was hosted by America First Action, a PAC that has spent over $540,000 in hosting events at Trump’s hotel in Washington DC.
Favre is not the only athlete to have played golf with Trump. Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Daniel Hudson, Rory McIlroy, Kurt Suzuki have also previously played golf with the president.