Tucker Carlson’s attorneys 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 fired 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 paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in April, shortly after Carlson was dismissed from Fox News.
Dhillon wrote, “Mr. Carlson is not currently and will never be a candidate for president in the 2024 election.” “Mr. Tucker categorically rejects your actions. Consequently, your efforts to raise funds for a ‘draft’ committee are a waste of your time and the money of every donor, as you are aware that these funds will not be used for the stated purpose. The information you collect under false pretenses will not 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 says. “No one in America is more articulate and pins down leftists in both parties better than Tucker.”
The advertisement compares the late Rush Limbaugh to the previous Fox News anchor.
“Tucker Carlson is witty, sharp, and mocks woke nonsense,” the advertisement states. Tucker will easily defeat Biden in a debate.
Former Texas congressional candidate and Republican donor Chris Ekstrom serves as the PAC’s chairman and financial supporter.
Ekstrom stated that he has only a “vague” familiarity with Carlson and that he was approached about establishing the PAC before Fox News fired Carlson, but he declined because Carlson was still a primetime host. Nevertheless, he believes that concern is no longer present and that a Carlson presidential campaign is a “realistic opportunity.” According to him, neither former President Trump nor Florida’s current governor, Ron DeSantis (R), are “fully satisfactory.”
“I’m very concerned that they’re going to not move the debate as far right as it ought to be,” Ekstrom said. “If Tucker Carlson entered the race in a reasonable amount of time and just continued in the same territory that he was covering at Fox, I think that’d be a rude awakening for both President Trump and Governor DeSantis.”
The PAC’s executive director, a GOP political consultant named Charlie Kolean, believes Carlson’s popularity among voters will also have an impact on the other candidates in the primary.
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Kolean told The Hill, “I think it will move the conversation to the right, just in a macro way, with candidates taking more solid stances rather than being like a moderate Republican.” CONTINUE READING…