News Trump Cries and Sends a Cease and Desist Letter

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  1. Anyonenow

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...ld-trumps-cease-and-desist-letter-annotated/#

    September 21, 2015

    By Federal Express

    David McIntosh
    The Club for Growth
    2001 L Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, D.C. 20036

    Re: Your Defamatory Attack Ad

    Dear Mr. McIntosh:

    I am General Counsel to Donald J. Trump. We recently had the opportunity to view your television commercial entitled "Politician" together with your accompanying statements in the media concerning my client's views (collectively, your "Attack Ad") and, quite frankly, are dismayed by the depths special interest groups like yours will go to in an attempt to materially mislead the public for the personal benefit of you and your financial backers.

    Simply stated, your Attack Ad is not only completely disingenuous, but replete with outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications which you fully know to be untrue, thereby exposing you and your so-called "club" to liability for damages and other tortious harm. For example, while your Attack Ad blatantly misrepresents to the public that Mr. Trump "supports higher taxes", nothing could be further from the truth. To be clear, Mr. Trump's tax plan, which is scheduled to be released later this week, supports a lowering of taxes.

    Not surprisingly, a closer look at your Attack Ad reveals that your supposed "source" for this statement is -- according to the small print on your website -- nothing more than a single article published in the Advocate on February 15, 2000 which quoted Mr. Trump as supposedly saying he would "impose a one-time net worth tax of 14.25% on the superwealthy ... to pay off the national debt." That's it. While a reputable organization would have at least had the decency to disclose its source — and the fact that the source article is more than 15 years old -- your pitiful little group conveniently chose to leave that information out in a deliberate attempt to mislead the public into believing that it is reflective of Mr. Trump's current position — when, unquestionably, it is not. Making matters worse, you then chose to appear on several talk shows, including, MSNBC's Morning Joe, in which you furthered the erroneous notion that Mr. Trump "supports higher taxes" even though you have absolutely no factual support for that statement. In other words, you lied. Mr. Trump does not support higher taxes. This is the very definition of libel.

    Sadly, the deplorable actions of your organization are not the least bit surprising. As I am sure you recall, it was only a few short months ago that you very openly and shamelessly attempted to extort Mr. Trump to the tune of $1 million in exchange for your political support. Indeed, you were not even the least bit discreet about your motives in that, after meeting with Mr. Trump, you immediately followed up with a June 2, 2015 letter requesting a "contribution of $1 million" in exchange for an endorsement by your organization's political action committee. "This contribution," you proclaimed, "would have a dramatically positive impact on the Club's ability to identify future free-enterprise champions." When Mr. Trump, however, presumably unlike many of the other candidates, refused to succumb to your extortionist demands, your only response was to oppose his inclusion in the August 6, 2015 Fox News Republican Presidential Debate, launch a series of misleading Attack Ads targeting Mr. Trump and, ultimately, endorse certain other candidates. Though your website states that donations to "Club for Growth ... are NOT publicly disclosed", one can only assume that the candidates you are endorsing paid handsomely for your support. American politics at its worst. If that is not a "shake-down", I do not know what is.

    Rest assured, however, we will not sit idly by and allow special interest groups and political action committees like yours to defame Mr. Trump and cause damage to his reputation and business interests by intentionally disseminating libelous statements you fully know to be untrue and, even worse, continue to purposely mislead the American people for your own financial gain. Toward that end, Mr. Trump has authorized our legal team to take all necessary and appropriate actions to bring an immediate halt to your defamatory Attack Ads. In the interest of avoiding what will certainly be a costly litigation process, we are prepared to offer you the one-time opportunity to rectify this matter by providing us with your prompt written assurances that (i) you have stopped running the Attack Ads; and (ii) you will not generate or disseminate any misleading or inaccurate information or make any factually baseless accusations you know to be untrue with respect to my client at any point in the future. In the event, however, we do not promptly receive these assurances, please be advised that we will commence a multi-million dollar lawsuit against you personally and your organization for your false and defamatory statements and the damage you have intentionally caused to my client's interests as well as pursue all other remedies available to us at law or in equity.

    Please be guided accordingly.

    Very truly yours,

    Alan Garten

    cc: Donald Trump

    Mark E. Kasowicz, Esq.
     
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    PACs are a scourge on the political process.

    Way to go, Trump!

    donald-trump.jpg
     
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    the gay community is really melting down over trump, huh?

    stay out of the politics conversation, little retard. things never go well for you when you try to think on your own.
     
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    Good for Trump, imagine if ads had to be completely honest.
     
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    He's "crying" because people are using lies to defame him? hardly.

    Good for him (again)
     
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    ltd86 Racist Banned User

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    these type of cease and desist letters are commonplace during campaigns, but low IQ OP wouldn't know that
     
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    Time someone took on the Club for Chinese Growth.
     
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    Never seen the mainstream media so scared of a candidate before (including Faux News).
     
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    fox is relentless. they did similar attacks on newt gingrich in 2012, but this is way more severe. they are basically drawing halos over every picture of "carly" and devil horns over every picture of trump.

    i hope people realize what's going on :(
     
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    all political ads are lies
    welcome to politics
     
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    I'm looking forward to Trumps tax plan.

    I mean, as long as it's not something like, "My tax plan is really great, everything in it is really terrific", "It's probably the best tax plan ever invented".
     
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    damn, i'm gonna make you a write in candidate after that taxplan you just outlined.:cool:
     
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    The Donald is upset that there is an Ad that uses his own words against him?

    Here's his quote from his book "The America We Deserve"

    "I would impose a one-time, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million. For individuals, net worth would be calculated minus the value of their principal residence. That would raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the entire national debt [and shore up the Social Security Trust Fund].
    My proposal would also allow us to entirely repeal the 55% federal inheritance tax. The inheritance tax is a particularly lousy tax because it can often be a double tax. If you put the money into trust for your children, you pay the inheritance tax upon your death. When the trust matures and your children go to use it, they’re taxed again. It’s the worst.
    Some will say that my plan is unfair to the extremely wealthy. I say it is only reasonable to shift the burden to those most able to pay. The wealthy actually would not suffer severe repercussions. The 14.25% net-worth tax would be offset by repeal of the 55% inheritance-tax liability."


    Now, granted, that's just one aspect of his entire position on taxes which he apparently held, 15 years ago.

    Never the less, that's what he said at the time.

    I'm sure he's changed his mind about taxes by now?
     
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    If the OP read the actual letter they would realize that this is a GOOD thing. These crooks would have endorsed Trump, no questions asked, if he had paid them off.

    I actually find Trump's personality somewhat loathsome but the fact that he's taking no money from shadowy special interest groups gets him my support. (morally, not literally...I'm from Canada). At least he's not being controlled by arms dealers, er. "defense contractors", messianic wingnuts, race baiting poverty pimps or anyone else with an agenda that's bad for the country as a whole.

    Trump haters will be giving their vote to an egocentric billionaire anyways (George Soros or the Koch brothers) so why not at least back the one who's willing to be accountable for their actions and who's motives can be examined. Him not taking donations is a HUGE thing.
     
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    none of that shit matters, only so much you can do in Washington as prez.
    the only thing you need to know about trump is, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    Washington career elite ruling class, & staterun media are the enemies.
     
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    Of course, I understand how things work.

    I truly don't expect Trump or anyone else to make any meaningful change in Washington.

    My point in this thread was that the OP is pointing out that Trumps lawyers sent a cease and desist against some guy who was just quoting The Donald himself so, I'm wondering if Trump has any legal standing to threaten the guy.
     
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    yes, what a big fail for the OP. This letter makes Trump look better, not worse.
     
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    of course he does. the laws are written by attys who will make the big bucks defending and attacking these ambiguous laws....its quite the racket they got going.
     
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    As long as his tax increases are not Yuuuuuuuuge.
     
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