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In his statement, Dr. Carson said “I maintain that as of today it is not my intention to seek public office.”

“Instead, I will continue to strive very hard to not only expose what is happening in our nation, but also to suggest ways to regain a direction that will lead our nation towards freedom and justice for all,” he said. “If God has other plans for me moving forward, I am certain he will make those clear and I will always listen.”

Asked about the draft group earlier this year during an appearance on Fox News, Dr. Carson told host Greta Van Susteren, “I am not going to interfere one way or another, as I’ve said before.”

Dr. Carson is not the first person to be targeted by such unauthorized fundraising drives.

In the run-up to the 2012 election, Politico reported that a new cottage industry of fake super PACs were using high-profile figures, like former Florida Rep. Allen B. West, to raise money for themselves and expand their email lists.