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CHICAGO, Sep 20, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The ongoing attempts of a retired Kansas City teacher to urge Oprah Winfrey to run for U.S. presidency have the famed TV host threatening legal action.

TheSmokingGun.com reported 69-year-old Patrick Crowe has been campaigning for a non-existent Winfrey run for the White House in 2008 and his efforts have driven the talk show diva to have her attorney issue a cease and desist letter regarding the campaign.

Winfrey's attorney, Jerry Glover, wrote the letter to Crowe ordering him to stop using the celebrity's name in his political campaign as it implies Winfrey and her firm, Harpo Inc., support the endeavor.

Crowe has spent $65,000 of his own funds to produce 'Oprah for President' t-shirts, write a self-published book supporting the White House bid, and maintain a Web site and a toll-free number regarding the campaign, said TheSmokingGun.com.

"Ms. Winfrey has not granted you the right to use her name for commercial purposes, including to sell the book via the Web site and via the phone number," the letter said.

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Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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