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Trump campaign, RNC plan 3-day big donor retreat in Chicago

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The Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee between the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign, is hosting a three-day retreat for major donors in Chicago this weekend that will include a series of meetings and workshops at the city's Four Seasons Hotel and end with a reception at Wrigley Field, according to a guest memo obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This is the campaign's latest effort to court deep-pocketed Republicans who failed to come out for Donald Trump in 2016, and it further signals that the president's days of snubbing traditional fundraising mechanisms are over. High-profile administration officials like White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will be attending, along with members of Congress and other party officials.

Trump campaign issues statement condemning deceptive fundraising organizations

President Donald Trump
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President Trump's re-election campaign released a statement condemning "any organization that deceptively uses the President's name, likeness, trademarks, or branding and confuses voters."

Context: The statement comes after a report by Axios that Trump's former deputy campaign chairman David Bossie's political organization has raised millions of dollars by saying it's supporting Trump-aligned conservative candidates — but has spent only a tiny fraction of that money supporting candidates. A source familiar with Trump's thinking told Axios' Jonathan Swan: "There’s nothing the president likes less than somebody profiting off him by using his name and likeness."