Former President Donald Trump reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to make them stop using his name and likeness in fundraising emails and on merchandise.
The committees are the three largest entities through which the Republican Party raises money for their campaigns.
A Trump adviser told Politico about the letters which come after reports said Friday that Mr Trump was enraged that his name and likeness had been used to raise money for organisations that would then help reelect Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach him.
Ten Republicans voted to impeach Mr Trump in the House and seven Republican Senators later voted to convict him. Mr Trump was acquitted with 57 Senators voting to convict, ten short of the threshold of 67 Senators required to remove a President from office.
Mr Trump made a fortune in licensing, selling his name to be used for different products and other commercial initiatives. Mr Trump has always been very cognizant of how his image and name has been used to support members of his party and in fundraising, both after as well as while he was in office, Politico reported.
The RNC sent out two emails Friday asking supporters to donate to add their name to a thank you card to Mr Trump.
The email said: “President Trump will ALWAYS stand up for the American People, and I just thought of the perfect way for you to show that you support him!
“As one of President Trump’s MOST LOYAL supporters, I think that YOU, deserve the great honor of adding your name to the Official Trump ‘Thank You’ Card.”
The second email was sent hours later to “President Trump’s TOP supporters” to remind them of a 10-hour deadline to donate for their name to be added to the card.