- Sen. Ted Cruz used marketing campaign funds to run adverts urging folks to purchase his e-book, a watchdog stated.
- The Marketing campaign Authorized Middle stated the adverts have been unlawful as a result of he receives royalties on his e-book.
- Meaning he may have been utilizing marketing campaign cash for private achieve, the CLC stated.
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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz illegally used marketing campaign funds to run adverts urging viewers to purchase his e-book, a watchdog has alleged.
The Marketing campaign Authorized Middle (CLC), a watchdog which “works to scale back the affect of cash in politics,” this week filed two complaints in opposition to Sen. Cruz which allege that the senator had misused as much as $18,00zero of marketing campaign funds to advertise his e-book.
Utilizing marketing campaign cash for private achieve is against the law, beneath US marketing campaign finance legislation.
The primary criticism was filed with the Federal Election Fee in opposition to Ted Cruz for Senate, his marketing campaign, and the second was filed with the Senate Ethics Committee in opposition to Sen. Cruz.
The CLC stated that Cruz had entered right into a royalty settlement with Regnery Publishing beneath which he would obtain 15% of web gross sales of hardcover editions of the e-book, which means he stood to revenue from the marketing campaign advert spending.
“As a result of Cruz receives royalties from e-book gross sales, his marketing campaign crossed a authorized line by spending donor funds on Fb advertisements selling gross sales of that e-book,” stated Brendan Fischer, CLC director of federal reform, in a press launch on Wednesday.
“We do not know the way in depth these violations may be as a result of any comparable advertisements that Cruz might have run on platforms apart from Fb or Google will not be publicly accessible.”
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In keeping with the FEC submitting, Cruz’s e-book “One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court docket Seat Can Change Historical past,”, which was printed in September final yr – started operating a sequence of adverts on September 24 selling the e-book and inspiring viewers to “order your copy immediately.”
Chris Gober, an lawyer for Cruz’s marketing campaign committee, instructed CNBC the marketing campaign “has intently adopted Federal Election Fee legal guidelines and tips when selling his e-book.” Insider contacted Sen. Cruz’s workplace for remark.
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The adverts contained hyperlinks permitting viewers to buy the e-book on-line from retailers together with Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the submitting stated.
One model of the advert included footage of Cruz telling viewers: “If you would like to get the total story, you possibly can go and purchase a replica, proper now.”
In keeping with Fb’s promoting archive, the submitting stated, the adverts price a complete of between $14,400 and $17,697.