- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Trump campaign on Tuesday slammed former deputy campaign manager David Bossie without naming him, criticizing people who are deceptively “filling their own pockets” while purporting to raise money for the president’s reelection.

“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, when in fact their actions show they are interested in filling their own pockets with money from innocent Americans’ paychecks, and sadly, retirements,” the Trump campaign said in a statement. “We encourage the appropriate authorities to investigate all alleged scam groups for potential illegal activities.”

The statement went on to point out that there are only four “official” fundraising organizations for the president’s reelection. Not on the list is Mr. Bossie’s group, called the Presidential Coalition.

A report this week by the Campaign Legal Center and Axios said Mr. Bossie’s group has raised millions of dollars by saying it’s supporting Trump-aligned conservative candidates — but has spent only 3 percent of the $15 million it raised in 2017-18 supporting candidates.

The report said the coalition spent nearly all its money on more fundraising and administrative costs, including Mr. Bossie’s salary.

Mr. Bossie until very recently has been close to the president, even traveling with him on Air Force One in March on a campaign trip.

The Trump campaign said it “condemns any organization that deceptively uses the president’s name, likeness, trademarks, or branding and confuses voters.”

The statement said the only organizations authorized by President Trump or the Republican National Committee to raise money for the president are Donald J. Trump for President, the Republican National Committee, and two joint fundraising committees with the RNC, The Trump Make American Great Again Committee and Trump Victory.

There is also one approved outside non-campaign group, America First Action, “which is run by allies of the president and is a trusted supporter of President Trump’s policies and agendas.”

Mailers sent out by the Presidential Coalition stress Mr. Bossie’s relationship to the president.

Mr. Bossie called the Axios report “fake news brought to you by a collaboration of the biased liberal media and unabashed left-wing activists.”

“It is expensive to raise substantial amounts in small donor contributions using direct mail, digital, and telemarketing,” he said in a statement.

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