A political group intent on derailing Donald Trump's presidential aspirations has been advised by the Federal Election Commission to get a new name or get out.
Jennifer Scofield, treasurer of the Let's Fire TRUMP political action committee, was notified by FEC officials that her group's name violates an FEC rule prohibiting committees from using a candidate's name in their title without first receiving authorization from the candidate.
According to its mission statement, the group plans to use its resources to "fight back against Trump's media machine." It claims that the real estate magnate and other politicians have turned America's electoral system into "a global laughingstock."
Despite noting that TRUMP stood for "Terrible Radicals Undermining Middle-class People" in its initial statement of organization, the FEC has refused to allow the name.
"[Y]ou must amend your Statement of Organization to change the name of your political committee so that it does not include the candidate's name and/or provide further clarification regarding the nature of your committee," FEC Campaign Finance and Review analyst, Brian Jones, wrote in a letter first obtained by The Hill.
In mid-June, organizers at the super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina ran into similar trouble with the FEC.
The group Carly for America turned the candidate's name into an acronym for Conservative Authentic Responsive Leadership for You in order to comply with the FEC rule, as previously reported by the Washington Post. However, the FEC's decision to deny approval to the anti-Trump group could spell trouble for Fiorina's principal outside support committee.
Fiorina's campaign did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for confirmation on whether the female GOP candidate had since authorized the super PAC to use her first name.