David Duke Backs Down in Dispute With GOP

Reuters

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said Friday that he would stop using the name "Conservative Republican National Committee" in his fund-raising efforts to avoid threatened legal action by the Republican National Committee.

Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour sent Duke a letter Tuesday threatening to sue him for violating consumer-protection laws and to prohibit him from using the name.

Barbour said the name was misleading. "The Republican National Committee takes its historic and longstanding rights in its name quite seriously," he said.

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