NBC said "nothing’s changed" after "Celebrity Apprentice" star Donald Trump said he has already decided “in his mind” to run for president, reports Bloomberg. That means that NBC is continuing to air the program, the story says.
Trump said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg that he plans to announce his candidacy, although an attorney contacted by Bloomberg said the distinction between a decision to run and a formal announcement isn’t legally relevant, the story says.
“When you’ve decided to run for office, and you’ve accepted or spent more than $5,000, you’re a candidate,” said Paul S. Ryan, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center.
Trump has traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire, suggesting he has spent some funds considering a candidacy, the story says. That and NBC’s decision to continue airing "Celebrity Apprentice" could mean its affiliates will hear demands for equal air time from Trump rivals for the 2012 Republican nomination, the article points out.