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Ron Paul Dismisses Donald Trump, May Yet Run for President in 2012

David Knowles of AOLNEWSdoctCOM reports,

You can’t fire a guy if he doesn’t have the job yet.

The same week that Donald Trump caused a stir at CPAC by declaring that Ron Paul couldn’t ever be elected president in America, the Texas representative “relaunched his political operation,” according to CNN. Despite Trump’s assurances, Paul’s PAC continues to raise money, and the congressman has remained coy about his ultimate plans.

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, here was the Donald taunting Paul’s supporters on Thursday:

Paul’s political director, Jesse Benton, brushed aside Trump’s comments. “We are dismissing Donald Trump as not a serious person in politics,” Benton told CNN.

Still, Paul has made no formal declaration of his intention to run. Over at RonPaul.com, meanwhile, supporters of the libertarian-leaning politician might be feeling a bit crestfallen given that a recent story titled “Ron Paul to Run for President in 2012, Will Announce in January 2011?” came and went without said announcement.

Paul was scheduled to address the CPAC crowd today. Will Trump be watching?

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In Liberty,

Jonathan Raof


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  • UPDATE: Gatecrasher: Donald Trump’s slam of Ron Paul sparks feud

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    Is Donald Trump about to get Paul-verized?

    A month after the curiously coiffed mogul told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington that Texas congressman Ron Paul has “zero chance” of being elected President, an avid Paul supporter is looking for payback.

    Pro-Paul Shawn Thompson is in the process of filing a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission that claims Trump and two supporters have violated federal campaign laws.

    The Tampa-based Thompson was a local coordinator for Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign and, we hear, was at the CPAC conference when Trump attacked Paul to a chorus of boos. (He did not return a call for comment.)

    In his March 10 complaint, Thompson points out that, under law, “a person becomes a candidate for federal office when he permits another person to spend more than $5,000 promoting his candidacy.” The candidate must then register with the FEC.

    Thompson’s complaint alleges that Trump has not filed with the commission even though more than $5,000 has been spent.

    He cites a March 7 plane trip that Trump’s special counsel Michael Cohen took to Iowa, where he met with political operatives.

    Cohen, who’s also co-creator of the “Should Trump Run” website (shouldtrumprun.com), told the media he was in Iowa “on his own time” and not as representative of Trump. He also said that the cost of his flight there — aboard Trump’s private Boeing 727 — had been paid by pharma-billionaire and Should Trump Run co-creator Stewart Rahr.

    Thompson alleges that because Cohen is collecting a paycheck from the Trump organization, any “legal advice” he’s providing to The Donald is “an unreported [and thus illegal]” in-kind contribution “to Trump’s candidacy.”

    And if Rahr picked up the tab for Cohen’s private flight — which, according to the complaint, cost “approximately $125,000″ — Thompson contends that’s “a contribution in excess” of the maximum $2,500 that an individual can give to a candidate for federal office.

    Thompson further alleges that the Should Trump Run website is a political committee in violation of FEC rules because it was never registered with the commission” and that Trump acknowledged his involvement with the website on March 1, when he appeared on “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and “stated ‘we have formed Should Trump Run.com’.”

    Cohen dismissed the allegations. “I’ve conferred with two FEC attorneys, and both are in agreement that Should Trump Run.com”— which he insisted is independent of Trump — “is nothing more than a website,” he told us. He added that Trump has only said he’s “considering running,” and will make no decisions on a candidacy until June.”