So what connection does Carson have with the Draft Carson committee and its colorful consultants? “Absolutely no relation,” said Armstrong Williams, a nationally syndicated columnist and long-time business manager for Carson, in a recent interview.

“We’ve never met with him,” Williams said about Robinson, “When he showed up at a function to take a picture with Dr. Carson, I blocked it.”

Williams explained that the draft committee was a decidedly “mixed bag.” While it has helped generate some media buzz and grassroots support, Carson’s fans or potential supporters may not know that the groups are not connected.

“People are using their hard-earned money,” Williams said. “People giving money think it’s going to Dr. Carson and it’s not.”

“I don’t like misleading people. We are about integrity and transparency.”