Former President Donald Trump is escalating his battle against Republican leaders, demanding that the GOP campaign committees immediately halt fundraising in his name.

Over the weekend, Trump’s lawyers sent letters to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which said that the former president would have to grant explicit permission for his name or likeness to be used in fundraising appeals.

This week he went further to ask supporters to only send money to his political action committee – and not any Republican organizations.

The move could potentially damage GOP efforts to regain control of the Senate and House in 2022. Trump-branded fundraising efforts have been a major source of revenue for the GOP.

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Despite Trump publicly declaring that his ambition to help the Republican Party return to power in 2022, his actions may seem to indicate otherwise.

His recent moves suggest that he is still enraged at the 10 House Republicans and seven Senate Republicans who voted to impeach him as well as with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and other GOP leaders who have called on the party to retreat from his brand of politics.

One Trump ally claimed that the cease-and-desist orders were a form of retaliation against the former president’s critics – a cross between a power move to control the flow of money and a business decision for a man whose businesses seem to be under great strain at the moment.

The legal maneuvers also put Trump in the position to funnel a cut of direct cash from the fundraising appeals that appear in his name to his campaign bank account, which already has $35 million in it.

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