Looking to cash in on Dr. Ben Carson’s ballooning popularity among conservatives, some independent groups are soliciting his growing fan-base for money — all without the doctor’s permission.
The efforts have landed the famed neurosurgeon in the awkward position of attending events where he is the guest speaker and surrounded by people at the head table who have donated thousands of dollars to groups that have no ties to him and were led to believe he is laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run.
“I have not endorsed any of these organizations and have neither any professional nor personal relationships and am not in communication with any of them,” Mr. Carson said in a statement obtained by The Washington Times. “I have not authorized any solicitation of funds in my name or likeness.”
Dr. Carson also disavowed any plans “as of today” at a political career, despite pleas from groups such as the The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, whose leadership intends to keep pressing him to run for president.
The group recently blasted out an email inviting people to enter a contest to win an all-expenses-paid trip — which costs an estimated $1,750 — to fly to Arizona have dinner with Mr. Carson “along with a guest of your choice” at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on Jan. 28.
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