Tucker Carlson’s counsel have delivered a cease-and-desist letter to the political action committee that was attempting to draft the former Fox News anchor into the 2016 presidential campaign.
Tuesday, Harpreet Dhillon, Carlson’s counsel, released a letter urging the PAC to cease soliciting contributions intended to entice Carlson to run in the 2024 election. Mediaite has obtained the letter.
“It has come to Mr. Carlson’s attention that you are soliciting contributions and donor contact information from the public by representing that the funds will be used to draft Mr. Tucker to run for President in 2024,” Dhillon wrote.
“Mr. Carlson will not run for President in 2024 under any circumstances, and therefore your misrepresentations are damaging to Mr. Carlson and defrauding his supporters,” she continued. “If you do not immediately cease and desist your efforts to solicit money to ‘draft’ Mr. Carlson, we will use every legal means at our disposal to vindicate his rights and protect his supporters from these misrepresentations.”
According to FEC documents, the “Draft Tucker PAC” was created shortly after Tucker Carlson was dismissed from his Fox News position on April 24. Charlie Kolean, a Republican strategist from Dallas who serves as Executive Director, and Elizabeth Curtis, who serves as Treasurer, are among the operatives at the PAC.
Dhillon stated that legal action could be taken against the PAC if Kolean and Curtis do not cease their fundraising efforts.
“Mr. Carlson does not want his supporters to be fooled into sending their hard-earned money and contact information to a project run in his name that he does not support and that has no chance of succeeding in its stated aims, and thus will necessarily be using the funds and donor data for other, undisclosed purposes,” Dhillon concluded. “If you do not voluntarily stop your ‘Draft Tucker’ effort, we will use every legal option to prevent the misappropriation of Mr. Carlson’s name, likeness, and image, and to protect his supporters from fraud.”
The group reportedly filed its first documentation with the Federal Election Commission in April, shortly after Carlson was dismissed from Fox News.
Dhillon repeatedly denied in the letter that Carlson intended to run for president in 2024, a year in which the Republican field is already crowded and includes former President Donald Trump.
“Mr. Carlson is not now, and will not under any circumstances be, a candidate for President in the 2024 election,” Dhillon wrote. “Mr. Tucker unequivocally disavows your activities. Therefore, your efforts to raise money for a ‘draft’ committee are a waste of your time and the money of every donor to your committee, as you are on notice that these funds will not, in fact, be used for the purpose stated. Nor will the data you are collecting under false pretenses be used for the stated purpose.”
The Draft Tucker PAC unveiled a new advertisement on Thursday evening that will broadcast on the conservative Newsmax cable channel for one full week beginning on Monday.
“Republicans need a new leader, and Tucker Carlson is ready to lead,” the ad states. Tucker is the most articulate and effective critic of radicals in the United States.
The advertisement compares the late Rush Limbaugh to the previous Fox News anchor.
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“Tucker Carlson is witty, sharp, and mocks woke nonsense,” the ad says. “Tucker will whip Biden in a debate.”
The PAC’s chairman and financial backer is former Texas congressional candidate and GOP contributor Chris Ekstrom. CONTINUE READING…