The matchup between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is emerging as one of the top U.S. Senate races nationally this year. A big reason for that is how closely matched the two politicians have been so far in fundraising.
Well, Beto just might be approaching a new lead after Texas Democrats filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, allegedly accusing Cruz and his associatesofr violating campaign finance law.
MSNBC contributor Scott Dworkin reported the allegation via Twitter:
BREAKING: Senator Ted Cruz is now under investigation @TheDemCoalition for campaign finance violations
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 11, 2018
The accusation claims that Cruz’s national co-chairman J. Keet Lewis broke election laws at an official campaign fundraiser in December by asking attendees to donate unlimited amounts, as well as to make corporate contributions to the pro-Cruz Stand for Truth PAC.
Under federal law, coordination between candidates and Super PACs is prohibited. Although a candidate can solicit donors to a PAC, it is illegal for them to solicit unlimited contributions or corporate contributions to a Super PAC. The most they can solicit is $5,000 from each person.
According to the complaint, Lewis violated those terms when he told donors “If you hit your max then we have a table for you that is the unlimited table. It can take corporate dollars, it can take partnership dollars, and that’s the Super PAC, Stand for Truth.”
Gilberto Hinojosa, the Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, did not mince words:
We’ve already seen that Ted Cruz will lie, cheat and say anything to gain power …Ted Cruz’s blatant disregard of the law is yet another reason why he is unfit to lead our country.”
As this potential violation develops, it is going to be even more difficult for Republicans to dodge this investigation. Cruz, who is known to blatantly lie to the public, will have some serious charges to face once this complaint is proven true.
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