Trump distances himself from nine super-PACs
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE is repudiating nine super-PACs supporting his presidential bid and calling on his rivals to disavow all supporting super-PACs days after a Washington Post story suggested a connection between an outside group and Trump's campaign.  

"I am self-funding my campaign and therefore I will not be controlled by the donors, special interests and lobbyists who have corrupted our politics and politicians for far too long," he said in a statement released Friday.
"I have disavowed all Super PAC's, requested the return of all donations made to said PAC's, and I am calling on all Presidential candidates to do the same." 
The statement adds that he sent a letter to the groups calling on them to stop fundraising and return all donations out of potential "confusion" that Trump had blessed the groups. 
The Post reported this week that Trump's campaign paid two groups with ties to the head of one of the pro-Trump super-PACs and that the super-PAC solicited donations with contact information it received from Trump's personal office. 
Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told the paper repeatedly that Trump had not blessed the group and denied accusations that Trump had weighed blessing one before he became an official candidate. 
The release refers to super-PAC money as "dark money," a term typically used in the campaign finance world to refer to undisclosed money. Super-PACs disclose their donors once every six months. 
Trump has raised $3.8 million for his campaign from individuals, which the campaign says came solely from unsolicited donations considering Trump's repeated statements that he's financing his own campaign.